KUALA LUMPUR — The Royal Malaysia Police today banned any functions organised by any group relating to the ‘Seksualiti Merdeka’ programme in the interest of public order.

Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had identified and would call everyone involved including former Bar Council president Datuk S.Ambiga to record their statements.

“Police will take action under Section 27 A (1) (C) of the Police Act as well as 298 A of the Penal Code to prevent any function relating to the programme,” he told a media conference, here Thursday.

He said the law in the country did not recognise any deviationist activity that could destroy the practice of religious freedom.

“Police received many protests from non-governmental organisations including Islamic and non-Islamic organisations who feared that the programme could create disharmony, enmity and disturb public order,” he said.

Merdeka Seksualiti 2011, the five-day programme which started two days ago at the Annexe Galeri, Central Market here, among other things called for equal rights for the homosexual and transsexual groups such as the gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersexual and transgender groups.

Khalid said two police reports had been received so far urging the police to take action against those for trying to organise the programme which jeopardised public order.

“Based on the reports and investigation, we will call them up to give them advice. Firstly, we advise them not to proceed with the programme. If they are adamant, we will not hesitate to detain them (organisers) including those who participate,” he said.

He said police urged members of the public not to participate in the programme as it could disturb public order.

“Beginning today, we will stop whatever event carried out by the organisers and I advise members of the public not to attend any of the programmes organised by this group.

“The Bar Council should advise the organisers that their action is against the law. I don’t understand why they (Bar Council) did not explain to them (on the offence),” he said.

Khalid said as a national security agency, the police were responsible for public order and they should tackle any threat much earlier.

“Police are not against any human rights to express their opinion. But when this (programme) crops up and threatens national security, we have to take action,” he said.