The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission) welcomes the efforts taken by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to initiate a dialogue between the Police and the organisers of the planned assembly of 9th January 2012. The Commission has on several occasions called upon the authorities to allow and to facilitate the right of the people to exercise their right of public assembly. The willingness of the Police to facilitate and ensure an orderly and peaceful assembly is therefore applauded and supported by the Commission. Such facilitation will ensure the exercise of the right to assemble without jeopardising the rights of others to conduct their daily lives and affairs with minimum disruption. In this regard, if required, the Commission is willing to offer its assistance, as a neutral and impartial body, at the dialogue to faciliate an orderly and peaceful assembly on 9th January.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)