Anti-Dong Zong rally organisers to be called up by cops
PETALING JAYA: Police will call up the organisers of the anti-Dong Zong rally that took place in Kuala Lumpur earlier today for failing to meet the requirements to organise the gathering.
Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd Fahmi Visuvanathan Abdullah said Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis) had failed to comply with the requirements stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
“Since they did not give any notice, a police report has been lodged and an investigation will be conducted accordingly.
“I’m unable to tell you when, but the investigation will commence in due time.
“We will call up the organisers for investigation purposes,” he told FMT.
The matter is being investigated under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act which penalises organisers of peaceful assemblies for failure to provide the required five days’ notice.
Earlier today, around 500 people, comprising Gamis and PAS Youth members, marched from Masjid Jamek to the Sogo shopping complex in a rally against Chinese educationist group Dong Zong.
At the rally, Gamis president Saifullah Baiduri warned that the coalition would press for Dong Zong to be made illegal if it did not stop opposing the introduction of Jawi in vernacular schools.
Dong Jiao Zong was in the news recently after it planned to hold a congress on Dec 28 in Kajang to discuss the government’s introduction of the Jawi module in schools. The meeting was called off after police obtained a court order to “preserve public peace”.
Malay and Muslim NGOs had lodged reports against the group and the congress, insisting that it could cause unrest
Gamis to open the new year with anti-Dong Zong rally tomorrow
The Malaysian Muslim Students Coalition (Gamis) plans to hold a rally defend the teaching of the Jawi script on the first day of the new year.
Gamis and several other NGOs are expected to march from Masjid Jamek to Sogo shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm tomorrow.
This was confirmed by its deputy president Mohd Zofrie Zulhilmie Ruslee (above) to Malaysiakini, who said that the plan to hold the rally was raised just after DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang criticised the NGO last week.
“We planned this really about a week ago, after Lim Kit Siang issued a statement against us.
“The main agenda will be to defend Jawi, followed by a call to ban Dong Zong.
“God willing, we will be joined by several other NGOs,” he said when contacted.
Gamis poster for the pro-Jawi rally on New Year’s Day.
Last week, Lim urged authorities to take action against Gamis following the latter’s statement against Dong Zong.
Gamis courted controversy after tweeting an image containing the words: “Let’s be with Dong Zong, repeat the May 13, 1969 incident.”
Following pressure from various parties, Gamis changed the headline to “Let’s Be With Dong Zong, don’t repeat the May 13, 1969 incident.”
Meanwhile, Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd Fahmi Visuvanthan, when contacted, said Gamis has yet to notify police about the upcoming rally.
“We have yet to be notified, so if they (Gamis) proceeded with the rally, that means they will violate the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
“We will take appropriate action,” he said.
Under the law, organisers of assemblies must obtain permission from venue owners and notify the police at least five days before the event.