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.