PUTRAJAYA: Organisers of #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 have been told not to adopt the “jungle mentality” and to respect the rights of others.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic) said while he supports one’s right and freedom to a peaceful assembly, that right is not above the rights of others.
“I was the one who tabled the Peaceful Assembly Act (when holding the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) and I agree that one has the right to a peaceful protest.
“But we are all civilised people and must respect the rights of others. If the owner of Dataran Merdeka (City Hall) does not allow for a rally to be held there, then find a place elsewhere.
“You wouldn’t like it if I slap you even if I say that I have the right to do so. You wouldn’t want me to protest in front of your house and use the same excuse why I’m there,” he said on Tuesday.
Responding to questions over the planned rally on Aug 27, Nazri said there were other locations to gather for a peaceful protest and it need not necessarily be held at Dataran Merdeka.
“You can organise peaceful gatherings because the law permits one to do so.
“But you need to clear it with the police and get the land or premise owner to agree. It’s very simple. If they don’t agree, find a location elsewhere,” he said.
Police have warned that stern action will be taken against the organisers of the #TangkapMalaysianOfficial1 rally should they fail to notify police 10 days prior to the assembly.
A coalition of student groups announced that the rally would be held at Dataran Merdeka this Saturday, targeting 10,000 people to attend the gathering.