Malaysia: ten questioned for joining rallyEvent
- Initial Date
- Jul 2, 2022
- Event Description
Two organisers of the protest held by Amanah against the rising prices of goods were questioned by police today, with eight more summoned to give their statements tomorrow.
Amanah communications director Khalid Samad confirmed that he had given his statement at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 10am today in connection with the protest yesterday at Kampung Baru.
“Yes, I chose to go after they summoned me. The police asked about my role in the protest and who else was present,” he told FMT.
The former federal territories minister said besides providing his contact details to the police, he responded to every other question with “I choose to reply in court”.
Fadhli Umar Aminolhuda of the party’s legal bureau told FMT that besides Khalid, DAP central executive committee member Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali had also been quizzed by the police today.
Others scheduled to be questioned at the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 10am tomorrow are Amanah vice-president Adly Zahari, secretary-general Hatta Ramli, Selangor state exco Izham Hashim, mobilisation bureau director Sany Hamzan, Amanah Youth chief Hasbie Muda, Permatang Pasir assemblyman Faiz Fadzil, women’s wing chief Aiman Athirah Al Jundi and Wanita Youth wing head Nurthaqaffah Nordin.
Fadhli said they are being investigated under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act for failing to provide prior notice of the rally to the authorities.
Yesterday, about 100 people took part in the protest over the rising prices of goods, which started at 2pm after Friday prayers and ended after 3pm.
Some 15 police personnel were there to ensure the rally remained orderly as the participants called for the government to resolve the issue.
At the rally, Faiz warned that Amanah would hold another protest if Putrajaya did not address the issue by July 16.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of expression
- Right to Protest
- Community-based HRD
- NGO staff
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 2 July 2022, ten community-based defenders, students, and NGO staff were summoned for questioning by the police over the alleged lack of compliance with the law for organising a demonstration against the rising cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.