PAS Youth has urged the federal government to apologise to Bersih 2.0 and its supporters now that the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that the polls reforms group was not an unlawful entity.
the ruling, PAS Youth information chief Riduan Mohd Nor said the
government should learn from this mistake and show remorse for the heavy
handedness of the authorities towards participants of Bersih’s previous
morning, the court overturned Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein
declaration on July 1 last year that Bersih was an illegal organisation.
Justice Rohana Yusof also remarked that Hishammuddin’s declaration was “tainted with irrationality”.
2.0 had sought a judicial review of Hishammuddin’s declaration on July 8
last year, a day before a rally for election reforms was held in Kuala
Lumpur, where dozens of mostly peaceful protestors were manhandled by
A public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) had concluded that the police had violated the human rights of protest participants.
said the decision bodes well with Malaysians who advocates free and
fair elections and that the federal government was wrong for punishing
“The government should have never punished Bersih as being
‘unlawful’ just because it is an organisation that speaks out for most
Malaysians and does not agree with the government,” he said.
PKR Youth information chief Najwan Halimi said the federal government
apology must be forthcoming if the Najib administration sincere in
respecting the law and the Federal Constitution.
that in developed countries, it was normal for leaders to apologise for
their mistakes and some would even resign to maintain the integrity of
“Najib Razak wants Malaysia to be an example of the best democracy in the world,
so it would be a good idea for him and Hishammuddin to show their
kindness by apologising to the people of Malaysia,” he said.
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