MEDIA STATEMENT

 

 

3 MARCH 2020

 

 

I refer to the news reports of investigations upon Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan and several others in relation to recent public gatherings carried out over the weekend.

 

 

The rights of all Malaysians to peacefully protest or express their views are enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

 

 

There have been numerous views expressed over the political developments of the past week but rather than being overly sensitive about them, I strongly believe that differences of viewpoints are essential for a vibrant and healthy democracy.

 

 

In this regard, I urge the authorities to allow the public to express themselves and not to subject those who engage in peaceful protests to police investigations.

 

 

Nevertheless, I understand the police are exercising their duty to preserve public order and security. I therefore echo the statement from Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, the Inspector-General of Police, calling on organisers to respect the law and provide early notifications for holding rallies under the provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

 

 

Democracy warrants a spirited contestation of ideas which means that the public must be free to express their views in a peaceful manner without disrupting public order and security.

 

 

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali

Member of Parliament for Gombak

The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) hereby wishes to inform that the approval currently accorded to manufacturing companies producing essential goods during the Movement Control Order (MCO), is also extended to the logistics and transport services providers under these companies.

This is a necessary move to ensure that essential goods reach consumers in a timely manner. With this, the logistics and transport services providers are no longer required to submit a separate request for approval to MITI, in order to continue their operations during the MCO period.

It must be stressed that the logistics and transport services providers are permitted to only deliver the essential goods produced by their manufacturing companies, which in turn have received written approval from MITI to continue their operations. In addition, the logistics and transport services providers must also operate with minimal workers possible.

The Ministry is hopeful that the logistics and transport services providers will not flaunt the rules that are currently in place, and operate with a sense of duty towards all Malaysians. Those found to be in violation of existing rules will be reprimanded, including through legal means, where applicable.

For manufacturers that have been given the greenlight to operate, but are using private or individual logistics or transport services providers, they are advised to seek the Ministry’s approval, soonest.

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YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali

Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade & Industry (MITI)

21 Mac 2020