CEC considers protests by members normal, will not take action

SHAH ALAM, 21 May: The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Central Election Committee (CEC) will not take any action on protesters who gathered in front of the party headquarters last night (May 20).

The CEC Chairman, Datuk Johari Abdul, said as a democratic party, every individual has the right to assemble, but it must be done peacefully.

He said that the CEC considers protests as normal in politics.


“There is nothing unusual about the move, we consider the protest as an action in political parties,” he said during a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.

Yesterday, a group of party members, who were not satisfied with the way the party election was handled, held a protest outside the party headquarters by scoffing at party leaders who were having the Political Bureau meeting at about 8 pm.

About 60 people gathered outside the PKR headquarters to protest against the balloting process used in the party election and made the Deputy President incumbent, Azmin Ali, and the Wanita Chief, Zuraida Kamaruddin, as their target.


Commenting on the demonstration, Johari said that the issue is that party members who held the protest used loudspeakers, disturbing the peace of neighbours.

“They gathered peacefully; no weapons. Only because loudspeakers were used, it caused a disturbance, but we can control this situation,” he said.

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