IGP: Court order cancelling Dong Jiao Zong gathering a safety precaution

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  • Saturday, 28 Dec 2019

GEORGE TOWN: The court order ordering the cancellation of a gathering by the Dong Jiao Zong educationist group to discuss the implementation of a Jawi calligraphy module in vernacular schools was obtained as a safety precaution, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said it was following the high number of police reports received, and added that he proposed that the gathering should be delayed and organised in a form that does not raise any emotional sentiments.

Abdul Hamid said this in response to comments that the court order is unfair and undemocratic, adding that people should be allowed to have their say safely.

"If there are elements of provocation, then police is the most credible party to evaluate the safety of an event There is no hidden agenda to cause the gathering to fail," he said.

Abdul Hamid said this after flagging off the 5,500 participants of the 2019 PDRM Solidarity 2nd Bridge Fun Ride and Run programme here on Friday (Dec 27).

The group said they were served a court order on Friday and cancelled the gathering which was supposed to take place at the New Era University College on Saturday (Dec 28).

It also requested all invitees to not show up at the venue.

On Dec 20, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the planned gathering over the Jawi calligraphy module would further divide the country.

In response, Dong Zong central committee member Low Chee Chong said that the gathering was only open to Chinese non-governmental organisations.

He added that it would only discuss education topics and the Jawi script issue.

On a side note, Abdul Hamid said that he was disappointed about the unexpected issues arising from provocative parties in the country.

He said such issues burden and hamper efforts by the police in improving the delivery of its services to the people.

"In our efforts to finalise the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), the police are burdened by unexpected issues which should not have arisen in the first place," said Abdul Hamid.

"I hope parties who often touch on religious and racial issues will be matured and stop hurting everyone. Nobody will gain when everything crumbles in the end," he added.

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