Saturday, November 26, 2011

Protests Against Proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill

Christmas came early this year! The HELP University Toastmasters Club had their Christmas meeting this morning. There were Toastmasters from Taman Indrahana, Speecom, Money Mastery, TTDI and UniRazak who came to Wisma HELP to be "merry"! I was one of three evaluators and l was tasked to evaluate Vincent Liew’s advanced speech and which he didn’t do that well. Jon Tan was the General Evaluator and staying true to his reputation, he didn’t mince his words. He identified eight areas of improvement! I am sure club members will act on the suggestions and become better as a Club as a result. I gave this meeting a score of an 8 out of a 10.

A body of concerned Malaysians assembled at the KLCC park to protest the proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011. Dressed in yellow and carrying yellow balloons, the group (including Klang MP Charles Santiago and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng) met at the park at about 2 PM this afternoon and chanted slogans against the proposed Bill. They left approximately 45 minutes later after being told to disperse by the police and KLCC security personnel.

Campaign organizer Wong Chin Huat deemed the Bill unconstitutional.

“We are here to illustrate that we as Malaysians can gather peacefully without disrupting public order,” he said.

In the evening, another group of citizens gathered at Dataran Merdeka for a candlelight vigil at around 8 PM. They then marched to the Bar Council about 200m away and dispersed 30 minutes later.

Who says Malaysians don't know how to protest peacefully?

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