Xenophon should be investigated thoroughly
KUALA LUMPUR: Independent senator from Australia Nick Xenophon, who was invited by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to observe the recent Bersih 3.0 rally, should be charged upon breaching Peaceful Assembly Act 2011.
Blogger SatD, who raised up the issue, pointed out that clause 4(2)(a) of the Act stated, "a person commits an offence if he is a non-citizen, but organises or participates in an assembly" in this case was what Xenophon did.
Quoting a news piece carried by Australian-based Herald Sun, SatD said: "Senator Xenophon, who was in Kuala Lumpur on an international fact-finding mission on election processes in Malaysia, was among the crowds when police fired teargas and chemical-laced water at demonstrators.
"I'm still at loss as to why someone who is on an "International fact-finding mission on Election Process" (invited by Anwar) needs to "participate in an assembly on the streets of KL" in order to draw observations on Election Process?," he said.
Another prominent blogger Datuk Ahiruddin Atan, widely-known as Rocky Bru, urges the authority to seriously look into it.
"As a lawmaker, surely he knew that as a non-citizen, he had no right to take part Bersih 3.0 or any assembly in Malaysia.
"I hope the authorities don't place Xenophon above our laws," Rocky further said.
Legal adviser of Pembela Negara's Federation of Non- Governmental Organisations Council (Magaran) Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said it was obvious Xenophon should be investigated thoroughly since he was seen joining the rally.
"Why are we playing double standards? We should treat Xenophon just like the way we are treating other foreigners. If he overstays, he have to renew his visa, if he is found guilty breaching the laws, he should be convicted.
"Plus, the coallition of Bersih is supported by dubious non-governmental organisations, and Bersih itself is not even registered with the Registrar of Societies, then I would say, not only Xenophon, everyone who joined the rally should be investigated," he told The Mole.
Further to that, Mohd Khairul also said the fact that Xenophon was several times invited by Anwar to Malaysia proved the PKR de facto leader was trying hard to gain support from the international community.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said if such cases are referred to the authority, and the person is found guilty by the court, there is a possibility that the person could be barred from entering Malaysia.
"However, before we take further action, the offense will be evaluated accordingly by our department, then we will determine whether the person who had been found guilty should be given 'prohibited immigrant' status thus barring him from entering country.
"Generally speaking, it is the court which should determine how serious is the offence, " he said.
Alias however insisted that his remarks are not directed at Xenophon but merely stating how the process goes.