Mock parliament organisers claim police questioned its participants


  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: Several participants of the recent mock online Dewan Rakyat simulation "Parlimen Digital" were called in by police for questioning, claim its organisers.

"There were concerns raised by the participants of attempts by individuals identified as policemen who approached participants of Parlimen Digital.

"Some participants have been called into police stations for questioning without legal counsel, while some were invited out for casual discussions," the Parlimen Digital secretariat said in a statement on Sunday (July 5).

The two-day simulation, which began on Friday (July 3), was organised by Challenger, Liga Rakyat Demokratik and Undi18.

The event, involving 222 participants from across the country, was aimed at providing a safe space for youths to debate pressing issues affecting the nation.

Human rights group, Lawyers For Liberty, have since condemned the police action, urging them to stop their 'unwarranted probe' against the youth initiative.

Meanwhile, the secretariat said that over 80% of participants had voted in favour of an economic stimulus and education plan for youths amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The secretariat noted that 82.7% voted in favour of a plan to boost the economy, particularly for youths, while 10% voted against and 7.3% abstained.

The secretariat added the participants, aged from 15 to 33, also debated and passed a motion for an education plan in light of the effects of the pandemic.

"There were also concerns towards equipping both students and teachers with the necessary resources such as access to adequate and stable Internet connection accompanied by the appropriate digital equipment to conduct online classes.

"Even one of our participants was unable to attend and present his speech due to unstable Internet connection in rural Malaysia," the secretariat noted.

Several participants claimed that police had contacted them for personal details soon after the event on Saturday (July 4).

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