21 Malaysians held for Merlion Park protest

12 May


The protestors were reported to be mostly young people, with many dressed in black, the protest colour of Malaysia’s opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition. - File picSINGAPORE, April 12 — Singaporean authorities yesterday arrested 21 Malaysians for staging a protest at the Merlion Park against the outcome of last Sunday’s Malaysian general election, the Straits Times reported today.

In a statement last night, the police said that “while foreigners are allowed to work or live here, they have to abide by our laws”, said the report.

“They should not import their domestic issues from their countries into Singapore and conduct activities which can disturb public order, as there can be groups with opposing views. Those who break the law will be seriously dealt with.”

The protestors were reported to be mostly young people, with many dressed in black, the protest colour of Malaysia’s opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Before the arrests, some of those in the group posed for pictures with the Merlion as the backdrop.

Last week, the police warned nine Malaysians for “actively participating” in an illegal gathering at Merlion Park on Wednesday, when about 100 people went to protest against the Malaysian election results.

Last Friday, the police said the work and visit passes of the nine were being reviewed by the authorities, and their employers would be informed.

A second protest had been planned for yesterday, but its organiser cancelled it after being advised to do so by the police.

The report also mentioned the police reminding migrant worker rights activist Jolovan Wham of his responsibilities as organiser of a Speakers’ Corner demonstration today, which is also related to the Malaysian general election.

He has been told to take appropriate measures to ensure that the event complies with Singapore laws, said the Straits Times.

 

via http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/21-malaysians-held-for-merlion-park-protest/

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