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PSM Blocked From Getting To Parliament, But Memorandum Eventually Handed Over

PSM Blocked From Getting To Parliament, But Memorandum Eventually Handed Over

After much trouble, the memorandum was successfully presented to Mohamad Sabu’s representatives.

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A group of Perak farmers together with Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) with the help of the Lawan Lapar campaign (a joint initiative between The Fourth Media, Undi 18, and PSM) went on a peaceful march yesterday to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

However, they were blocked by the police at Taman Tugu Negara from continuing with their peaceful march towards the Parliament building.

The incident was recorded and shared on social media by PSM Youth Wing Secretary Gandipan Nantha Gopalan.

From the video, it can be seen that police officers formed a barricade, preventing several individuals which included PSM deputy chairman S Arutchelvan from passing through.

Lawan Lapar released a media statement regarding the issue stating their disappointment over what happened.

Arutchelvan told BFM News that this was not an isolated incident.

Since the lawyer’s march, which was stopped last year, every other assembly is going through the same problem. The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012 memorandum was also blocked.

“When MUDA wanted to submit a memorandum on the LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) they were also blocked.

“Parliament is a symbol of democracy in the nation. It should not be a restricted area for the public. People should be able to submit memoranda to their elected representatives,” he was quoted as saying.

It was later reported that after negotiations, only then the activists were allowed to walk to Parliament.

They managed to submit the memorandum to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Malaysia, Mohamad Sabu’s representative.

According to The Star, both Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman were also present to receive the farmers’ memorandum.

What’s In The Memorandum?

The Perak Farmers Coalition is asking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to temporarily halt all land eviction actions in Kanthan, Tanah Hitam, and Changkat Kinding.

Additionally, they asked Anwar to work with the Perak state government to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into how important these lands are to maintain Malaysia’s food security and whether farmers could keep using them under the Land Acquisition Act, which allows for the provision of substitute lands to developers.

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