Gerakan: Amend Act for stiffer penalty

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Gerakan Youth has proposed that the Government amend the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 to provide for a heavier punishment.

Its chief Tan Keng Liang said this included the penalty for late submission of the notification, failing to abide by the regulations set by the police and for organising an illegal assembly.

He said stiffer punishment was needed to send a clear message to would be offenders.

Tan said under Section 4 of the Act, anyone committing offences under that section was liable to a fine of up to RM20,000 while those who failed to submit notification of the assembly faced up to RM10,000 in fine under Section 9 of the Act.

He added that under Section 21 of the Act, those who failed to comply with the order to disperse could face up to RM20,000 in fine.

“We proposed that the fine be raised up to RM50,000 and RM100,000 and the organiser of any illegal assembly to be sent to prison,” he told the media yesterday.

Tan was met after lodging a report at Alor Setar police station against the Blackout 505 rally scheduled to be held this Saturday at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.

In the report, Tan urged police to investigate the planned rally since it would be held at an unauthorised location, thus would be against the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“Under Section 10 of the Act, the organiser of an assembly must provide a consent letter from the owner or occupier of the venue but in this case, the owner did not allow the assembly to be held there,” he said.

SOURCE: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/6/20/north/13261144&sec=North

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