Penang NGO lodges police report against protest organisers

GEORGE TOWN: A Penang-based non-governmental organisation has lodged a police report against opposition lawmakers for marching and protesting in front of Parliament.

The report was filed by Persatuan Kebajikan Surplus Pulau Pinang (Surplus) chairman Sophian Mohd Zain at George Town police headquarters here on Monday (Aug 2) at about noon.

Sophian alleged that opposition MPs acted irresponsibly by gathering in crowds during the lockdown period which was against the ruling set by the government.

"As MPs they should have known organising a protest would violate the law under Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act," he said during a press conference outside George Town police headquarters.

Sophian said the MPs were irresponsible for instigating the public to join them. In light of the Delta variant of Covid-19, he said they had put the country and the public at risk.

"Stern action should be taken against the MPs and those who participated in the gathering," he said.

He alleged that the MPs did not care about the welfare of the people or the economy of the country by participating in the gathering.

He urged the police, and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin to investigate those involved and to take appropriate action.

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