KUALA LUMPUR: Peaceful assemblies can be held in stadiums as shown by Himpunan Sejuta Umat (Himpun)’s calm gathering, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib compared Himpun’s peaceful gathering at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday to the street demonstration by Bersih 2.0 in July and said there was a vast difference between the two.
“Congratulations to them (Himpun) as their assembly took place in a controlled manner.
“That was actually my intention when the Government offered the stadium to Bersih 2.0 to conduct their assembly.
“There is a vast difference between yesterday’s assembly and the chaos during Bersih 2.0. No one felt disturbed, pressured or unsafe during the (Himpun) gathering,” he said at a press conference yesterday.
Himpun’s peaceful gathering, he added, mirrored what the Government wanted with the amendment to the Police Act which is to allow for peaceful demonstrations.
“We will study what happened on Saturday as well as the norms of other countries and summarise what is suitable for a country that practises a progressive democracy,” he said.
When asked whether children should be left out of politics, given the recent attacks against Lim Guan Eng’s son, Najib said children and family should be left out of politics and family matters should not be exploited.
“That is the ideal in a modern democracy to concentrate on policy matters. You can debate about difference of policies in terms of weaknesses and implementation but you leave aside family,” he said.
Najib also clarified on the suspension of International Islamic University Malaysia constitutional law professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, adding that action had not been taken against him as the matter was still under investigation.
Source : The Star