BY SURENDRA ANANTH
NOVEMBER 21 — In the past few days, we have witnessed a number of arrests under section 124B of the Penal Code, which prohibits “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.” This provision was passed in the House of Representatives on April 17, .2012 and came into force on July 31, 2012.
We know for a fact that these arrests were done in relation to the Bersih rally held on 19.11.2016. It is undisputed that the rally was conducted peacefully. It is also undisputed that the rally was organized to raise awareness on the need for, amongst others, institutional reforms in light of the 1MDB scandal.
The pivotal question is whether the organisation of the rally is an activity “detrimental to parliamentary democracy. Read more