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Independent panel set up to allay public fears, says Hisham

May 5, 2012

The Bersih 3.0 rally had raised public concerns over the action of the rioters, says the home minister.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government set up the Independent Advisory Panel, as decided by the Cabinet, to ease the concerns of all quarters including the public and media following the Bersih 3.0 rally in the capital last Saturday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

He said the fracas in the aftermath of the rally had raised various safety issues and concerns among the community regarding the action of the rioters and security personnel.

“At the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday, the ministers emphasised the need for the government to take measures and action for security and public order in the country following the demonstration.

“In line with the Cabinet’s wishes, the government has decided to form the panel,” he said in a statement today.

He said the names of the panel’s members and jurisdiction would be announced soon.

Hishammuddin said the setting up of the panel was in line with the Government Transformation Programme, which sought to obtain views and suggestions from the public.

“The panel is also a step by the government to uphold the rights and freedom of Malaysians,” he added.

Meanwhile in SEMPORNA, Rural and Regional Development Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said the Bersih 3.0 rally destroyed public property, threatened safety, disrupted daily chores, affected

the economy and marred the country’s image.

He said the people must condemn it and support Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to enjoy progress and prosperity.

He added that Najib has introduced and implemented many transformation programmes for the people’s benefit including RM200 book vouchers for students.

“Giving students book vouchers is better than giving them money for street protests,” he said when giving “Ihsan Samudera” aid by Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) here today.

The rally was ill conceived aimed at occupying Dataran Merdeka and replicating what happened in Egypt and Syria, he said.

Shafie said the opposition was channelling its dissatisfaction by inciting the people to hold street protest that threatened national security.

He hopes the people did not support the desperate group bent on accusing the government of being unfair, didn’t defend the people and had bad intention.

“Anwar would not have won the Permatang Pauh seat if there is no justice in our election system.

“If there was fraud, PAS would not have ruled Kelantan for 20 years and the opposition would not have won in Selangor, Kedah and Penang in the 2008 general election,” he added.

- Bernama


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