PLANNED RALLIES: No objections if organisers heed police guidelines, says Hishammuddin
IPOH: THE government has no objections to some 30 non-governmental organisations, led by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), in staging a peaceful assembly as long as they do not inconvenience other people.
The gathering is scheduled for April 21 at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur to protest against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) practises.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said if the group wanted to gather, they must ensure that they did not cause hardship to others.
"It applies to both the planned Bersih rally and LGBT protest. They are bound by the guidelines under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 and the organisers must assure the police that they will not inconvenience others. If they do that, then the government will have no objections," he said here yesterday after attending the "Barisan Nasional -- The choice of the young" gathering.
The event, held at Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir's residence, attracted some 10,000 young people.
It was reported that organisers of the anti-LGBT protest were expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 people to participate in the assembly.
Among the NGOs expected to take part were the Armed Forces Veterans Association and the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Parent-Teacher Association.
On the recent crackdown against illegal immigrants by the Immigration Department following the expiry of the legalisation and amnesty exercise (6P), Hishammuddin said: "I have reminded the department that in operations against illegal immigrants, we must be careful not to act against those who are innocent.
"We must also ensure that the enforcement does not affect the needs of various industries and as such, we will carry it out in stages."
Earlier, Hishammuddin, who is also Umno vice-president, said yesterday's gathering of 10,000 people was part of Barisan Nasional's political transformation plan.
"We need these young blood to carry our message to the people.
"We also need them to help thwart the opposition's efforts to sow the seeds of hatred among the people against BN.
"Which is why, I have reminded our young people that we should not follow the opposition's footsteps and dance to their tune," he said.