Over 20 police reports over #Lawan rally, 29 to be called in for statements, says IGP

PETALING JAYA: Police have received more than 20 reports on the "Keluar dan #Lawan" rally on Saturday (July 31), says Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

The Inspector-General of Police said organisers and participants of the rally had clearly violated the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan and will be investigated.

"A total of 29 individuals have been identified and will be called in to provide statements to assist investigations into the rally," he said on Sunday (Aug 1).

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) called on the police to "desist from investigating and charging anyone merely for exercising their fundamental rights''.

Instead, the human rights body proposed that authorities develop and strengthen SOPs to enable such gatherings while mitigating the risk of Covid-19.

In a statement Sunday, Suhakam said it had deployed a seven-person team to monitor the #Lawan rally on Saturday, led by commissioner Jerald Joseph, together with commissioners Datuk Mah Weng Kwai and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila.

"We observed that the rally was peaceful without any untoward incidents. We were also encouraged that the organisers and participants took efforts to comply with the SOPs in place," it said.

Suhakam also called on all parties to work together in order to fulfil the right to peaceful assembly while adhering to all public health SOPs to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

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