Rally to call for Azam’s arrest

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A rally to call for the arrest of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki will be held in front of Sogo in Kuala Lumpur at 11am this Saturday.

This was confirmed by the rally organisers in a statement today, despite being warned by the police that rallies or marches in the capital violate the standard operating procedure (SOP) of Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

The committee’s statement was supported by PKR’s Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), Parti Amanah Negara Youth (Amanah), DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY), and Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda) as well as civil society groups such as the People’s Solidarity Secretariat, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Assembly Hall Civil Rights Committee (KLSCAH) and Universiti Malaya (UM) Student Union.

They demanded the immediate arrest and indictment of Azam and that the MACC be restructured and placed under parliamentary oversight.

They said every leader and high-ranking officer should stop looking after his own interest through devious means to remain in power.

“Corrupt practices affect the people at a time when the cost of living and prices of goods are rising. Besides, the people in the eight states affected by the floods are struggling with the challenge of restarting their lives without adequate government assistance,” the statement read.

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Meanwhile, Amanah Youth is pledging to send 1,000 members to the demonstration this Saturday.

The party’s lawyer Fadhli Umar Aminolhuda said they are also planning to mobilise about 10 lawyers to observe the rally.

He said Amanah Youth is fully supportive of the peaceful demonstration against Azam over his share ownership scandal.

“We have not only stated our commitment to mobilise as many members to Sogo (shopping mall) but we will also commit to preparing at least 10 lawyers on that day.

“The lawyers will be observers and ensure the law is not violated, so that this peaceful demonstration can take place in an orderly manner in line with the set standard operating procedure (SOP),” he said at a press conference.

The organisers’ statement today was supported by 16 civil societies and eight political parties that are:

Civil societies:

  1. Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat
  2. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) Youth
  3. Kesatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya
  4. Jaringan Kebajikan Komuniti
  5. Liga Rakyat Demokratik
  6. Persatuan Pengundi Muda
  7. Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM)
  8. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
  9. Suaram
  10. Bersih
  11. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim)
  12. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (Gerak)
  13. Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot)
  14. Community Action Network (Can)
  15. Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)
  16. Sabah Reform Initiative (Sari)

Political parties:

  1. PKR Youth
  2. DAP Youth
  3. Amanah Youth
  4. Harapan Youth
  5. Pejuang Youth
  6. Pejuanita Youth
  7. Pemuda Sosialis
  8. Muda

Earlier reports:

Jan 18, SC: Azam inquiry inconclusive

Jan 17, Azam objects to PSC inquiry, Wednesday hearing postponed indefinitely

Jan 13, Azam ordered to appear at PSC meeting next Wednesday

Jan 12, Azam: Only King can ask me to resign

Jan 8, Police probing Azam Baki

Jan 7, Pakatan: Don’t just probe Azam Baki, but also Abu Zahar, past MACC chiefs

Jan 6, Azam Baki demands RM10m, apology from researcher who blew whistle on his millions of shares

Jan 6, Securities Commission seeks Azam Baki’s explanation over admission of proxy share trading

Jan 5, MACC chief breaks silence on stock ownership