Respect the right to participate in peaceful assembly...
When did the Bersih 4 rally become 'illegal'? Who declared it 'illegal'? Did the court declare this intended peaceful assembly illegal? I do not recall any such court order..
Malaysian government is 'seriously over reacting'? Are we not a democracy? Our right is only not to 'once in every 5 years' to vote in General Elections. People want to be continuous participation in democratic Malaysia - and that means freedom of opinion, expression - and, of the right to participate in peaceful assembly...
Now, the Malaysian government has blocked 4 websites (and could be more)..
The Home Minister, who also happen to be our Deputy Prime Minister, have by order prohibited "Any yellow coloured clothing and which contains the words 'Bersih 4'" and "Any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 rally". The Order is dated 27/8/2015(Thursday) - when the intended peaceful assembly is scheduled for 28-29 August. This gives no time for anyone to challenge this Order in Court, which may have been possible if this Order was made long before...
We really must review our laws that empower Ministers or Government from making such arbitrary orders that deny our freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and right to a peaceful assembly. We can also add the right to information...which we may have freely gotten through websites, or even these 'printed material and pamphlets' - so, in effect it also denies our right to share information and views with others...
The Executive powers to act on their own in such matters should be removed - at the very least, they would need to take the matter to the courts.
Thanks to Dr Mahathir, and our Prime Ministers, they have made the Executive too powerful..., and this must end. There must be checks and balances in place - and that certainly must include now the ordinary people of Malaysia...
Saturday August 29, 2015 MYT 12:03:37 AM
Bersih 4: MCMC blocks four websites
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the four websites were http://bersih.org, http://globalbersih.org, http://www.bersih.org and http://www.globalbersih.org.
"I was told that four sites have been blocked," he told Bernama when contacted here Friday.
On Thursday, the MCMC said in a statement that it would block any websites or news portals found to be promoting, disseminating information and encouraging the public to participate in the illegal rally as such action could be detrimental to the country.
Bernama attempted to access the blocked websites and encountered a blank “server error” page with a note saying "the resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable". - BERNAMA - Star, 29/8/2015
Home Ministry bans yellow clothing, ‘Bersih 4’ words
A government gazette signed by the minister yesterday and which came into effect today states that the order was made under the Printing, Presses and Publications Act 1984.
The Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No. 22) Order 2015 lists as "absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia" the following items:
"Any yellow coloured clothing and which contains the words 'Bersih 4'" and "Any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 rally". A copy of the order in a Federal Government Gazette is available online. It was dated August 27 and comes into force today.
The order states that the "printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution, or possession" of these items are "likely prejudicial to public order," as well as to security and national interest.
News of the order began circulating this evening, some 12 hours ahead of the rally which kicks off in the capital city at 2pm tomorrow.
In an immediate response, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah told those bent on using the tees to proceed if they wished to do so.
"For those who have already made up their minds, carry on wearing your #Bersih4 t-shirts tomorrow. If you want to be cheeky, try adding a point zero after the number 4 on your t-shirt," she said.
She said those who are "anxious" or first-timers could wear any other attire, adding that they could wave the Malaysian flag to celebrate Merdeka which falls on Monday.
Bersih 2.0 steering committee member New Sin Yew said the order had effectively made millions of Malaysians criminal.
He said it was made with bad faith and should be challenged in court.
"It is clear that it is made to disrupt and prevent the people from exercising their freedom of expression," he told The Malaysian Insider.
New, who is a lawyer, said the order flies in the face of reason and common sense.
"There is a word for this, xanthophobia, fear of the colour yellow. Zahid has become xanthophobic," he said.
New urged the public to come to the rally without any fear because the order was unreasonable.
The rally's demands this time are for institutional reform, the right to protest, a corruption-free and clean government and political system, and measures to save the economy.
This is the fourth Bersih rally since the first in 2007, and is held at a time when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is under pressure to account for an alleged financial scandal involving Finance Ministry-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd, as well as a RM2.6 billion political donation that went into his personal bank accounts.
Participants of the rally in Kuala Lumpur are planning to meet at five locations across the city before converging on the streets around Dataran Merdeka, where they plan to stage an overnight camp-out.
Police have declared the rally illegal, but lawyers say there is no law to stop people from gathering peacefully. – August 28, 2015.