- Prohibition of organisation of assemblies by persons below the age of 21 years.
- Prohibition of participation in peaceful assemblies of children below the age of 15 years.
- Unduly onerous responsibilities and restrictions on organisers and assemblies.
- Excessive fines for non-compliance of the bill.
… long gone is the era in which the government knows everything and claims monopoly over wisdom …
The Government will also review section 27 of the Police Act 1967, taking into consideration Article 10 of the Federal Constitution regarding freedom of assembly and so as to be in line with international norms on the same matter … (emphasis added)
… a Malaysia that practices [sic] a functional and inclusive democracy … in accordance with the supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and respect for basic human rights and individual rights.
(1) Bar Council press release entitled “Peaceful Assembly Bill is more restrictive than present law and must be improved” issued on 22 Nov 2011;(2) Bar Council press release entitled “Broken promise: Prime Minister has not lived up to Malaysia Day 2011 pledge" issued on 24 Nov 2011;(3) Malaysian Bar’s Memorandum on Peaceful Assembly Bill dated 24 Nov 2011; and