Monday, August 29, 2016

Court declares ban on Bersih yellow T-shirt 'unreasonable'

Hafiz Yatim     Published     Updated

The Court of Appeal today allowed the appeal by Bersih 2.0 and declared that the ban on the yellow T-shirt and pamphlet with the words Bersih on it was unreasonable.

Justice Mohd Zawawi Mohd Salleh, who led the panel, allowed the appeal in terms of law.

He said no order is made as to costs.

The other judges were Justice Abdul Rahman Sebli and Justice Asmabi Mohamad.

On Feb 19, the Shah Alam High Court has upheld the government’s decision to ban Bersih 4 T-shirts and related printed materials.

Bersih had applied to challenge the government ban announced in the run-up to the massive Bersih 4 mega rally last Aug 29 and 30.

Justice Mohd Zawawi said that a written judgment would be prepared on such an important issue later by Justice Abdul Rahman.

Bersih 2.0, through its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, and two other steering committee members Masjaliza Hamzah and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, named the home minister and the government as respondents in the judicial review application following the ban of the words on T-shirts and pamphlet on Aug 27.
 
Bersih had applied to challenge the government's ban announced in the run-up to the massive Bersih 4 mega rally last Aug 29 and 30.

Maria said that today was the first anniversary of Bersih 4 and lauded the decision of the court as it recognised that people could assemble peacefully to protest.

She said this was an important decision as several people were arrested because they were in possession or were wearing the T-shirts.

“With today's decision, the order by the minister is declared null and void and hence they should not be worried over the arrest,” she said.
[More to follow]

~ Malaysiakini

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