Friday, 4 January 2008

Yes to demos ...

...but Not on the streets, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Now you (the rakyat) can demonstrate if you want to. Not on the streets but only in enclosed places such as stadiums because street demonstration is "not our culture".

Hold a ceramah (at such places), if you want to. You can even yell and shout to your hearts content because it does not matter to the Government...

Here's the "good" news.

KOTA BAHARU, Jan 3 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Thursday it was preferable for demonstrations to be held in enclosed places such as stadiums than on the streets.

"If (the people) want to demonstrate, the Government can allow them to do so (even) at the Bukit Jalil Stadium (in Kuala Lumpur).


"They (the demonstrators) can gather there for `ceramah' (talks) or to yell. We are not bothered so long as they do not demonstrate on the streets. That's not our culture."

"Street demonstrations can spark off chaos in the country," he said in his address at an assembly of Kelantan educators, here.

Najib said those who were inclined to hold street demonstrations knew that they could not get elected in the usual, clean way.

They had to resort to such means because they have run out of political capital and issues to win over the people, he said.

"They know they have little chance of winning (in elections). Therefore, they resort to holding street demonstrations. This is their political agenda," he said.

Najib said the government would not be apologetic in handling these groups of people because the nation's interests were involved.

"The government exercises patience in such matters but when the public interest is jeopardised, we will act and it includes using the ISA (Internal Security Act) against them," he said.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do we still need to apply for a police permit?

IBU said...

Ohhhh like that one? Hmmm... ah! ok lah tu. Kurang sikit jam. But police permit still a pre-req?

p/s If the organiser(s) start selling tickets for public entry, whoaaa... who knows, probably sold out & can even beat Akademi Fantasia :)

Pi Bani said...

Next thing we know, someone will say "If you want to demonstrate, you can send us your demo tape." hehehe...

MaryKate said...

It's a smart move on their side. Say NO to demo and get worldwide criticsm, so why not put these people in the stadium and let them say whatever they want, afterall, it matters not to the Gov. No worldwide condemnation, people get what they want, and Gov also get what they want - which is not listening or taking actions on what we want. So, we can shout all we want and nothings gonna happen or improve. Afterall, its not going to be printed in mainstream papers. Well..at least better than being blasted by water cannons or teargas.

Anonymous said...

Kenapa dan mengapa marah sangat kat rakyat...kalau nak dibandingkan dgn Negara jiran kita lebih jauh lebih baik dari mereka

zorro said...

My oh my....now he is a mind-reader. He knows the opposition cannot win, so they take to the streets. Share your election "vehicle" - press, TV, radio...and we wont take to the streets. Let's play fair even on an unfair playing field.

cakapaje said...

Salam Kak Eton,

Prior to Hindraff, we had to 10-11 March with only one incident at Masjid Jamek, out of the 4 spots where the rakyat concegrated - there were no violence of disorder at the other 3! Perhaps Najib is kind of bad at maths!

Now, prior to 10-11 and the Lawyers' March in Putrajaya, there were 3 other march right in Kuala Lumpur which did not see any problem at all - The Denmark House March, condemning the caricature of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.; the US Embassy Demonstration, condemning the Israel invasion of Labanon; and the KLCC Petrol Hike Demonstration - nothing untoward happened and in fact the Police were as disciplined as the crowds themselves. But when the rakyat begins to voice against the government, Najib and co clamps down on them. And I'll bet when the opposition do apply to hold a gathering in Bukit Jalil, it will be denied by the complex managers who will be pressured by Najib. Ini orang, cakap tak serupa bikin!

Ma'am, forgive me for taking a lot of space here.

Hi&Lo said...

Why Najib escaped the Operasi Lalang 87 when he shouted, "basahkan keris dgn darah cina"?

acciaccatura said...

salam Kak Maria,
Jangan kita lupa jemput aljazeera datang ke stadium.

Zawi said...

Kak Ton,
Now they say can, when the time comes they will say cannot. Anyway thats what they really mean by can, it is cannot.

muststopthis said...

Apply for Police Permit?
The very act to submit an application itself is an act against the rights of her citizen! As Malaysians, I think its time to stand up and say no more to big brother tactics!

For too long we have been told tat we are notable to handle freedom! Freedom to gather, freedom to speak, all this has been embedded in us that we are not matured enough!

I say enough bullshit!
WE HAVE THE RIGHTS, LETS RECLAIM IT!

Anonymous said...

oi, isnt public interest jeopardise when your cronies engage in corrput acts? port klang free trade zone, 4.7 billion gone. 0.5 billion gone as commission payment in arms deal under your ministry.
6.7 billion for uncompleted patrol vessels, also under your ministry.
you want me to list some more?

Anonymous said...

anononymous 1:02:00 AM,

Excuse me, to whom are you directing your statement/question/anger/frustrations?

I dont see any cronies of anybody here.

Hantu Laut said...

Kak Maria,

Where got fun demo in enclosed area, it loses the spirit.

Well,I am not much for street demo, my worry is not the protestors, it's the agent provocateurs I am worried about.

Many thanks for the link, I have done the same.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Hi hantu laut,

Your blog is one of my favourites. I drop there often, although I've left any comments. In fact I had yours linked earlier, but left it out accidentally when I redid my blogroll. I have linked it again since.

Thanks for dropping by hantu laut.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Hi hantu laut,

The sentence should read:

I drop there often, although I've NEVER left any comments.