Women’s Day March organisers to be called up to assist in investigations


PETALING JAYA: Organisers of the International Women’s Day March will be called up to have their statements recorded, says Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said any party that failed to inform the OCPD that they are organising a gathering or a demonstration has committed an offence under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA).

“Under the PAA, it is very simple; whoever wants to organise a protest or demonstration must inform the OCPD.

“If not, the gathering will disrupt the movement of other people at the city centre, where many people want to go shopping and sight-seeing, especially on Saturday afternoons,” he told a press conference after witnessing the handing over ceremony for the Kedah Police chief’s post on Monday (March 11), held at the state police headquarters in Alor Setar.

If the OCPD is informed of such gathering, then the police can assist in facilitating their movements, so that traffic will not be disrupted.

“The OCPD must be informed, so that we can facilitate traffic and security for the convenience of all,” he said.

Noor Rashid said the police will get the statements of the relevant parties and investigate the matter thoroughly.

“We have received police reports on the march.

“Once our investigation is done, we will refer the matter to the Attorney General’s Chambers,” he said.

It was reported that the organisers of the International Women’s Day March have defended the event as being about the fight for equal rights amid criticisms that it had LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) participants.

The organisers of the #WomensMarchMy this year instead reiterated its five demands, including ensuring women’s rights, an end to violence based on gender and sexual orientation, a ban on child marriage and a minimum wage of RM1,800.

More than 1,000 people took to the streets near Sogo KL on Saturday (March 9) to march for women’s rights in conjunction with International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 each year.

Among the participants were members of Women’s Aid Organisation and Sisters in Islam, activists and students.

Many held colourful placards that championed various issues concerning women and gender equality and chanted slogans like “End child marriage”, “Hidup Wanita!”, “Stop sexism” and “Jangan Kacau LGBT”. A few displayed LGBT rainbow flags.