Imposing Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for Election Campaign Unwarranted and Undermine Free and Fair Election

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is shocked by the brazen attitude of the Perak Chief of Police, Hasnan Hassan on the matter of permits for the upcoming election campaign.

A free and fair election is the foundation of any democratic nation and an election would not be free and fair if the state were to impose harsh conditions on political candidates and their supporters for their campaigns. The Election Offences Act 1954 which provides for the need of a permit for any campaign while not ideal and undermines the constitutional rights afforded under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution has been manageable with the positive support by the Royal Malaysian Police in ensuring a swift procedure for all candidates to secure the necessary permit.

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