Bersih 4.0 public assembly concluded peacefully — Suhakam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SUHAKAMSEPTEMBER 1 — In accordance with its statutory mandate, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the commission) monitored the Bersih 4.0 peaceful assembly and at the outset, wishes to commend the authorities, in particular the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for their professional conduct in facilitating the assemblies, as well as the organisers and participants in ensuring successful and harmonious assemblies in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on 29 and 30 August 2015.

This in the commission’s view is testament that such assemblies can be held without untoward incidents if there is proper planning and cooperation among all parties concerned.

The commission nevertheless remains concerned at the move to criminalise any yellow coloured clothing which contains the words “Bersih 4” and hopes that the authorities will not prior to an assembly, seek to criminalise among others, the participation in and organisation of a peaceful assembly with a view to sanctioning or deterring those intending to participate. Read more