|The Malaysian Penal Code|
Any democratic government would support such a rally or at least not put obstacles in the path of the organisers. Unless of course the ruling Barisan coalition government is not in favour of free and fair elections or they have something to hide they are not telling us.
And now it seems the authorities are going to ask the courts for an order making taking part in Bersih2 rally on 9th July an offence. This is another Bolehland stroke of genius. Let me explain.
Murder is a capital offence under Malaysian law. To be specific, under section 302 of the Malaysian Penal Code murder is an offence punishable with death upon conviction. Now, to prevent you from committing murder, some smart aleck applies to the courts for a preventive order. How smart is that!
Either you have a law and respect it or you don't mock it.
So, is there a law against holding a rally, especially one calling for free and fair elections? No. But because we have a law requiring a police permit for a public rally and the authorities are not granting one for the Bersih2 rally, the Bersih2 rally when it happens then it becomes an illegal rally.
This practice of the Malaysian authorities asking the courts for preventive orders mocks the law if not actually an abuse of court process and the courts.