A Speakers’ Square to promote the right to freedom of speech and assembly was launched in Penang this morning.
The square is located at the stage of the Millennium Square on the sea-front side of the Esplanade
The Speakers’ Square in Penang is the first of its kind outside a university campus in the country.
A small crowd of about 40, including several state assembly members, witnessed the launch at 8.20am by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. State exco member for local government Chow Kon Yeow, NGO rep Andre and Guan Eng spoke. Among the crowd were representatives of civil society groups such as Aliran, Suaram and Sembang-Sembang.
Penang Suaram coordinator Ong Jing Cheng said he hoped greater freedom of information and the re-introduction of local government elections would be next on the agenda.
The Speakers’ Square is available to the public every Wednesday and Sunday from 6.00pm to 9.00pm beginning this Sunday, 9 May.