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MP: Threat against Ambiga breaks Putrajaya's pledge
Published:  Jul 30, 2015 6:56 AM
Updated: 7:30 AM

Padang Serai MP N Surendran has reminded police of Putrajaya's pledge not to abuse laws relating to activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

 

This was after inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar threatened to probe National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan under Section 124 of the Penal Code for suggesting the government may face street protests

 

"On April 17, 2012, Minister Nazri Aziz promised the Dewan Rakyat that Section 124 of the Penal Code will not be used to punish political acts.

 

"By threatening to use Section 124 against those who call for protests against the prime minister, the government is going back on its own promise and assurance made in Parliament," said Surendran ( photo ) in a statement today.

 

On Tuesday, Ambiga warned that the government risked facing street protests if it failed to resolve the 1MDB issue.

 

“Because you see, when you don’t give people options, you don’t give a way out, you don’t provide solutions, people are struggling, of course it will happen," she had said.

 

Following this, Khalid announced that Ambiga will be investigated under Section 124 of the Penal Code and did not rule out the possibility of her arrest.

 

Yesterday, electoral reform group Bersih had announced that it will be holding a massive overnight rally in Kuala Lumpur on August 29.

 

This is amid apparent maneuvers by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to stall the investigations into 1MDB and silence the company's critics, including jettisoning his own deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.

 

The special task force on 1MDB, is among others, investigating claims that RM2.6 billion was deposited into Najib's private bank accounts.

 

Najib had denied taking any government funds for personal gain.

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