Bersih banned from Parliament tomorrow

Beh Lih Yi | Dec 10, 07 6:57pm
The police have got a restraining order from the court to stop polls reform group Bersih from gathering at Parliament tomorrow.

The order was obtained by the Sentul district police chief at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
The order – the second of its kind following a similar order to ban the Nov 25 Hindraf rally – prohibited four named individuals and other Bersih supporters from attending or taking part in the gathering.
The named persons are PAS leaders Dr Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, Mohamad Sabu and Adenaan Saad and Malaysian Trade Union Congress chief Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud.
The order also stipulated that “other interested parties” are also similarly prohibited from taking part in the gathering.
The Coalition for Clear and Fair Elections (Bersih) is planning to submit a memorandum to Parliament tomorrow to protest an amendment to the Federal Constitution.

Bersih to go ahead

Despite the court order, Bersih leaders said that they would proceed their plan to hand over the memorandum.
The coalition wants the government to withdraw the Constitutional Amendment Bill scheduled to be tabled tomorrow, which if passed, will see the current Election Commission (EC) chairperson’s tenure being extended by a year, to the new age limit of 66.
The restraining order was used for the first time by the police to ban the mass gathering organised by Hindu Rights Action Force last month.
About 30,000 people participated in the rally which was forcibly dispersed by the police using tear gas and water cannons.
Earlier last month, Bersih organised a massive demonstration drawing a crowd of about 40,000 outside the gates of Istana Negara to deliver a memorandum to the King calling for reforms in the electoral system.