Don't Hold Any Form Of Street Protests Now, Says Zam
He said street rallies, regardless of whatever reasons given, should not be permitted.
The Minister was responding to the Bar Council's plan to organise a "People's Freedom Walk on Dec 9 in conjunction with the World Human Rights Day.
Bar Council president Ambiga Sreneevasan had said they met the police on Friday to discuss how best to organise the Human Rights Day march.
Zainuddin questioned the Bar Council's real motive to organise the walk, which according to him was "only a front under the guise of human rights."
"Any form of street rallies for whatever reasons should not be allowed now as they will only tarnish the nation's image in the eyes of the international community.
"I believe the Bar Council's intention to hold the People's Freedom Walk is to condemn the government under the guise of human rights," he told Bernama.
Zainnuddin said for whatever reason or excuse the Bar Council wants to hold the walk, the people knew the hidden agenda behind the move.
"Solutions cannot be found to human rights issues merely by staging street protests. Moreover, such protests will only worsen the current situation in the country," he said.
Zainuddin said two street rallies held in Kuala Lumpur last month by two non-governmental organisations calling themselves "BERSIH" and Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) had only created adverse effects and aroused the people's anger.
The minister also chastised an English daily for publishing reports promoting the Bar Council's plan to organise the "People's Freedom Walk".
He said the daily was not bothered about racial unity in the country.
The newspaper had given details on the time to gather for the walk and also encouraged the people to bring along posters.