Hundreds protest against government in new year rally

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight

Malaysians protesting against Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, just an hour before the 2018 New Year celebration at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on yesterday. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, January 1, 2018.

HUNDREDS of Malaysians ushered in the New Year with a rally in central Kuala Lumpur against the Najib administration and demanded that petrol prices be brought down in 2018.

Protestors at the “Turun” rally flooded Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in front of the Sogo shopping complex where they began to chant ‘Turun Minyak, Turun Najib’’ (bring down petrol prices, down with Najib).

The 500-strong crowd of mostly activists and politicians then started marching towards Dataran Merdeka at 11pm to the beat of drums.

The crowd marched peacefully and stopped about 30m in front of Dataran Merdeka where they were prevented from going any further by police.

After more singing and cheering, the group began to disperse at 11.45pm as part of the conditions set by police.  Read more

Court frees activist Adam Adli from 2015 KitaLawan rally charge

Source: Malay Mail Online

Student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim joined his first protest when he was 12 years old. — Picture by Choo Choy May.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — A magistrates’ court today acquitted activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim of an unlawful street protest charge stemming from a #KitaLawan rally in 2015.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya, who represented Adam Adli today, confirmed that magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abdul Wahid acquitted her client of the charge under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“He just read out, saying the prosecution had failed to prove prima facie case against the defence,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted today. Read more

Malaysia: Drop Charges for ‘Street Protests’

Source: Human Rights Watch

"Bersih" (Clean) supporters gather along Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2015. © 2015 Reuters

“Bersih” (Clean) supporters gather along Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2015.
© 2015 Reuters

(Bangkok) – Malaysian authorities should drop charges against eight activists and opposition politicians for participating in peaceful “street protests” in Kuala Lumpur in February and March 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The Federal Court, Malaysia’s highest tribunal, will hear a constitutional challenge to the country’s ban on street protests on October 10, 2016.

“Malaysia’s blanket ban on street marches is legal overreach that betrays government paranoia about organized protests,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “However the Federal Court rules, the government should return to the drawing board and enact a law that respects the right to peaceful assembly.” Read more