Monday, May 5, 2014

IGP Investigates May Day Rally Organizers

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar (left) is adamant that the requirement for organizers to furnish police with a 10-day advance notice before a rally, as stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is still in force despite a Court of Appeal ruling declaring it unconstitutional.
According to the IGP, this is due to the fact the Attorney-General Chambers is appealing the April 25 judgment. Therefore, Khalid said this renders Section 9(1) of the PAA “still relevant” and “still good”.
He is serving notice that he has opened investigation papers on the May Day rally organizers who had mobilized some 50,000 people to Dataran Merdeka to protest the Goods and Services Tax due to come into effect on April 01, 2015. This is because Section 9(5) provides for punishment to those who do not adhere to it.
With his uncompromising and dogged stand on the matter, IGP Khalid Abu Bakar has usurped the role of the Attorney-General by insisting that there is an appeal. Could it be that he has now replaced Abdul Gani Patail?
He refuses to understand that the said provision under the law is now unconstitutional. He is stubborn and stupid and I suspect, dead from the neck up. Rightfully, the police should abide by it and not to enforce it until they win the appeal – assuming the AG Chambers have filed an appeal in the first place.
On Thursday, I left for Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu to attend the twenty-first Toastmasters Annual Conference (May 02-04, 2014). A six-and-a-half-hour car journey that brought me back to the east coast after a very long absence. A pleasant drive. Good company. And an inviting gabfest.

Special thanks to AFC Toastmasters Club and MIM Toastmasters Club of Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring my participation to this Conference.

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