Koh backs peaceful rallies, says cops should act fairly

Koh backs peaceful rallies, says cops should act fairly

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon today urged the police to act fairly in dealing with public demonstrations because of the perception that they are more effective in cracking down on rallies than on crime.

“Current public perception towards the police is that they are more effective in catching demonstrators than criminals,” said Koh today.

“People who carry out candlelight vigils and people who are sitting in mamak shops wearing black clothes are arrested. I think that is not correct,” he said.

The police, Koh said, should come up with standard procedures to deal with public demonstrations to show they were fair.

He suggested police allow peaceful demonstrations, and use video cameras to record such rallies to later arrest those who break the law.

“If the police act harshly even before there are signs of aggression, not only will this bring displeasure to the group demonstrating but also to the public, who will view this as being unfair,” he said.

He said the police should only act if there were signs of violence erupting.

Read all in the Malaysian Insider

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