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