July 3, 2011
BERSIH2.0 is outlawed
In a statement, ROS Director-General Abdul Rahman Othman said the declaration was made by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein under section 5 of the Societies Act 1966. Investigations showed that BERSIH 2.0 was not a registered organisation, he said.
The statement said BERSIH 2.0 had been moving actively, creating unease among the people. It said the coalition had also been spreading pamphlets containing propaganda with the aim of toppling the government.
Its activities had brought about negative impact on the country’s image and threatened public order, security, economic prosperity and the country’s sovereignty, and undermined harmony among the people, it said.
‘BERSIH create unease among races’
According to a statement by the Home Ministry, the BERSIH 2.0 coalition is not a registered society. “However, BERSIH 2.0 has fulfilled the definitions of a registered body under Schedule 1 of Societies Act 1966.”
But it found that BERSIH has:
- Moved actively and incited an environment of unease and worry by the peoples of all races in the country.
- Spread seditious propaganda to the people with the purpose of toppling the government through distribution of certain literature.
- Through its activities, have given a bad effect to the image of the country, and can threaten public order, safety, economy and sovereignty of the country, thus affecting the harmony of a multicultural society.
“Henceforth, the Home Minister has declared the Bersih 2.0 society to be an illegal society under Section 5 of the Societies Act effective July 1.”
Hindraf outlawed in 2008
BERSIH 2.0 plans to organise rallies in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak on July 9 to call for clean and fair elections.
In October 2008, the Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) was declared an illegal organisation. Then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the decision to outlaw Hindraf was made after facts and evidence that showed the organisation was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.
Hindraf organised a massive rally calling for a better deal for Indian Malaysians on Nov 10, 2007 – two weeks after 40,000 turned out for the first BERSIH rally.
Registrar of Society Act 1966
5. Power of the Minister to declare a society unlawful
(1) It shall be lawful for the Minister in his absolute discretion by order to declare unlawful any society or branch or class or description of any societies which in his opinion, is or is being used for purposes prejudicial to or incompatible with the interest of the security of Malaysia or any part thereof, public order or morality.
(2) An order made under this section shall be published in the Gazette and shall operate to cancel immediately the registration of any such society or societies, if already registered under this Act; and no society against which an order made under this section applies shall be so registered.
(3) The provisions of section 17 shall apply in respect of a local society affected by the order made under this section.