No more head-shaving protests in front of Malaysia Parliament: Home minister Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK): Demonstrators will have to think of more creative means to voice their opinions, as shaving heads as a sign of protest will no longer be allowed at the entrance of Parliament.

The Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday voted in favour of a motion brought by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to empower the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in ensuring no one obstructs the entrance and exits of Parliament.

Zahid explained that it was a necessary step to ensure safety in parliament.

"It is so that there is no disturbance on the roads heading to the Dewan and so that there is no commotion in the building and close to the building, he said. "Head-shaving activities should also not be held at the entrance to the Dewan."

Earlier in the morning, 15 people including MPs and members of the public shaved their heads in a protest to demand that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim be allowed to attend the parliamentary session which started on Monday.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year sentence in Sungai Buloh prison for sodomy.