“The accused’s actions were not only unethical but had also compromised his impartiality. He appeared for both Sosilawati and Rahman Palil in the same deal and by doing so, he was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,” he said.
PUTRAJAYA: Those who do not adhere to the Peaceful Assembly Act will “pay a heavy price” for their offence, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said organisers of mass rallies should respect the law and not create chaos because there was a “silent majority” among the people who did not agree with these gatherings.
Ahmad Zahid was responding to questions from reporters on the recent mass protests organised by Opposition parties where election fraud was alleged.
“I have said from early on that if they plan to hold gatherings outside the provisions of the Act, if there are those who continue to be stubborn, they have to pay a heavy price if the police take action.
“I have given full power to the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) to enforce the law and this will be done without interference from me,” he said after a working visit to the Immigration Department here on Thursday.
Later, during a working visit to the National Registration Department here, Dr Ahmad Zahid told newsmen that the Government would not interfere with the ongoing police crackdown on individuals allegedly involved in seditious activities over the past few weeks.
He said he would leave all “operational matters” in the hands of the police.
“I am sure the police have sufficient evidence and proper basis to make the arrests. I have no hand in the arrests. For further information, please ask the police,” he said.
Among those arrested were student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, PKR vice-president Tian Chua, Tamrin Ghafar of PAS and social activist Harris Ibrahim.
On another matter, the minister cautioned that action would be taken “very soon” against foreigners who had overstayed or abused their travel or student visas.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Immigration Department was actively monitoring such foreigners who contributed to social ills during their stay in the country.
Action would also be taken against those who abused their student visas by conducting activities outside the scope of their visas, such as business activities.
“I don’t want to give a warning but don’t get mad at us if action is taken in the nearest time possible.
“If your visa has expired, surrender yourself and we can solve this in a good manner,” he said.
School holiday starts tomorrow, which is also a Publice Holiday in Malaysia (Wesak Day), many of us are going for a short break, how nice . Well for me, our next getaway has to wait hehe.. Happy holidays people> Be safe & have a great HOLIDAY!!
Student activist Adam Adli Abd Halim has pleaded not guilty to a charge of uttering seditious words during a talk. He is accused of committing the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharaja Lela here between 8.55pm and 11.15pm on May 13.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Immigration Department is actively monitoring foreigners who contributed to social ills.
“We will also take action against those who abused their students visas, whereby there are those who did business or other activities outside the scope of their visa.
“If your visa has expired, surrender yourself and we can solve this in a good manner,” said Ahmad Zahid when met by reporters after a working visit to the Immigration Department on Thursday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor police have opened an investigation into DAP founding member Dr Chen Man Hin for allegedly conspiring to create public disorder when he used the term “Malaysia Spring” in a private email correspondence.
Sources said Chen was called in for questioning a few days after an article appeared in the newspapers quoting former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim on the matter on May 18.
It is understood that Chen was being investigated for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government through street demonstrations similar to those which had occurred in several Middle Eastern countries and had been labelled the Arab Spring.
In the May 18 article, Tunku Aziz had said the opposition had long intended to initiate a “Malaysian Spring” to overthrow the government through street rallies.
He had claimed the opposition had planned to create chaos since last year’s Bersih rally and was now building up to nationwide protests, which were being organised to condemn a democratically-elected government over so-called electoral fraud in the 13th General Election.
The former senator had said he had evidence to back his claim in the form of an email which was sent out by DAP’s chief of staff Foo Yueh Chuan to all central executive council members on April 26, last year.
In the email, Foo informed the recipients that she was coordinating the party members and leaders to participate in Bersih’s sit-in rally at Stadium Merdeka on April 28 last year.
Tunku Aziz had said he replied to the email making it clear that he was “in principle opposed to street demonstrations”.
However, he said, DAP founding member Chen replied the email, saying that he was in support of the idea.
Tunku Aziz had said Chen had replied he would be “delighted to participate in the sit-in (Bersih rally) and wrote that this may be the beginning of a “Malaysia Spring”.
Meanwhile City Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police would be questioning former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah over his alleged provocative remarks made at a public forum recently.
In his speech, Noor had allegedly blamed the Chinese for betraying the friendship of Malays and urged the Malays to defend their rights.
New vehicle registration plates.
PUTRAJAYA: In the impending expiry of the WYY series, the new vehicle registration plates would start with W1A and end with W999A (see chart above), said acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.Hishammuddin said on Thursday that the current format, which would end with WYY999, was expected to end in July