29 Nov '11, 10am

Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 passed (Update)

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 29, 2011): The Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 has been passed by the Dewan Rakyat after debate by six Members of Parliament (MPs) at committee stage, amidst strong protest from the opposition coalition and civil society groups. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Sri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz wound up the debate on the bill in 40 minutes without the presence of any opposition MPs who left the House in the middle of his speech. In his speech, Mohamed Nazri said the act is not unconstitutional as claimed but was in line with Article 10 of the Federal Constitution which must be read together with Clauses (2), (3) and (4). "The clauses allow Parliament to impose restrictions deemed necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the nation or public order. "So, we can enact the (necessary) laws. If we read the constitution carefully, what ...

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