Malaysia oppn activists agree to rally in stadium
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian opposition-backed
activists on Tuesday agreed to move their planned rally, demanding
electoral reforms, to a stadium after the government said it
would be illegal to hold such demonstrations on the streets.
The decision by prominent lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan, who
is also head of NGO Bersin 2.0, to hold this weekend`s rally
in a stadium has settled tension across the country with the
police warning that the rally would be held illegal and Home
Minister seeking tough action against the participants.
Protest organisers met constitutional monarch Tuanku
Mizan Zainal Abidin today and announced they had accepted the
government`s proposal for the rally to be held in a stadium.
Prime Minister Najib Razak had said that the authorities were
against a street rally but had no opposition if they organise
it in a stadium.
The king too had said in a statement that street
demonstrations "bring more bad than good."
Holding of a gathering of more than five persons is
illegal in Malaysia and a special permission has to acquired
from the police before any meeting is held. Several people
planning to join the street rally have been arrested in the
last few days.
The rally was called to demand an overhaul of electoral
laws to ensure transparency in national elections widely
expected by mid-2012. The government has maintained that the
electoral laws are fair.
Malaysia saw its biggest ever rally in 2007 when more
than 20,000 ethnic Indians gathered in central Kuala Lumpur to
protest against alleged marginalisation of the minority
The rally, declared illegal, was organised by the Hindu
Rights Action Force (Hindraf) which was later outlawed and its
main leaders were arrested under the internal security act
which allows the government to hold a person without trial for
a long period of time. The chief of Hindraf fled from the
country and is on a self-imposed exile reportedly in London.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: US army's joint exercise with Indian Army and their consolation on Uri attack
- DNA: Analysis of Indus water treaty between India and Pakistan
- Panel discussion over PM Modi's willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pak
- India to activate lazer walls on LOC to stop infiltration
- EPFO to launch new online system for pensions and PFs soon
- Donald Trump praises Hindu community's contributions to US
- Reliance Jio impact: Vodafone offers 10 GB data at 1 GB rate
- Five takeaways from Sushma Swaraj's speech at UN General Assembly
- 7 scenarios Pak will face directly if India scraps Indus Waters Treaty – Read details
- REALITY CHECK of WhatsApp message: How common man can sign petition to declare Pakistan a terror state