PAA Contradicts with the Constitution, IGP Should Respect the Court’s Decision

SHAH ALAM, 26 Apr: The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, has been urged to respect the unanimous decision of the three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal in deciding that Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) contradicts with the Federal Constitution.

The Member of Parliament for Padang Serai, N Surendran, urged Khalid to stop giving arrogant statements.


Surendran said this after an English-language newspaper reported Khalid saying that the public still have an obligation to inform the police if they want to hold public assemblies and it should be in compliance with Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“Section 9 (5) states that it is an offense of a person failed to give a minimum of 10 days’ notice to the police when holding an assembly.

The section was dismissed by the court, so there is no legal obligation for the public to inform the police.

“Khalid should stop being arrogant and irresponsible about it,” said Surendran in a press conference.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal judges unanimously decided that Section 9 (5) of the PAA, which states that it is an offense for anyone who fails to give a 10 day minimum notice before holding an assembly, as being in contradiction with the Federal Constitution.

“I urge Khalid to comply with the decision made by the Court of Appeal,” he said.

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