Peaceful assembly should be accepted as a ‘new norm’ among Malaysians: Saifuddin

Source: The Sun Daily

PETALING JAYA: Peaceful assembly should be accepted as a ‘new norm’ among Malaysians, said Global Movement of Moderation (GMM) CEO Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said that peaceful assembly is part of the democracy practice, and dissent against the government is also part of the practice.

“It is about time the public know that dissent against the government is not equal to treason,” he added.

The former Umno deputy minister said that many were of the notion that if people speak up, have different opinion, or oppose an opinion, they are going against the country.

“Even before Peaceful Assembly Act was gazetted, people should understand that peaceful assembly were allowed,” he said, adding that there were guidelines drawn by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).

Saifuddin added that any organisation with a clear objective, can organise peaceful assembly or rally. Read more

Nancy: National Human Rights Action Plan to be implemented

Source: The Sun Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) will be implemented before year’s end as a guide to preserving human rights in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

She said the government had long intended to introduce the plan but it was delayed due to shortage of funds.

“The plan is a five-year programme and needs the involvement of many parties. Before this, the programme (relating to human rights) we only carried out at the government and agency levels.

“But the scope of human rights is actually big and we could not widen our scope due to shortage of funds,” she told reporters after launching a Seminar on the National Human Rights Action Plan here today.

She said the government had approved an allocation of more than RM4 million for the implementation of the plan. Read more