Hundreds of Malaysian youth have gather peacefully at the road outside the Parliament, urging the Government to respond to their 6 demands on 30 April.
The youths had called for democracy to prevail and had carried placards with their slogan “Buka puasa, buka Parlimen”, which meant that the Muslim participants are breaking their fast here this evening, and to reopen the Parliament.
There were other placards that says “Rakyat Bangkit” (“Rise up People”), “Tamat darurat” (“End the Emergency”), and calling for 18-year-olds to be allowed to vote.
The gathering was organised by a youth group which called themselves as Solidariti Rakyat and they have raised their 6 demands to the Malaysian Government. At the same time, they’ve complied to the SOPs which require them to maintain social distancing and wear masks.
Their 6 demands to the Malaysian Government:
- To end the state of Emergency and reconvene Parliament
- To implement Undi 18 immediately
- The enforcement of just and humane laws
- Strengthening the rights of Sabah and Sarawak
- Strengthening a safe education system for all Malaysians
- Guarantee of a sustainable economy for the people.
As reported by Malay Mail, Solidariti Rakyat representative, Tharma Pillai emphasized that there is a need for Parliament to reconvene as a measure of checks and balance towards the government.
“A year has passed since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country, however the people are increasingly pressured on a daily basis. Almost 800,000 have lost their jobs, 32 small and medium enterprises have shut their doors and the unemployment rate is at 4.8 per cent.” he said.
“What is more sad is that the standard operating procedures (SOP) introduced to curb the spread of the pandemic a year ago is still a mess. There is clearly a double standard in terms of enforcement as ministers and those with privilege are not facing stern actions, while ordinary citizens are fined in the tens of thousands.” he added.
Tharma, who is also the co-founder of Undi18, said that the youth’s rights were taken away the government decided to delta the implementation to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, even though the Undi18 bill had been decided to be implemented by July 2021.
Other iconic individuals who attended the gathering includes Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) president, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) secretary-general, Amir Abdul Hadi, representatives from DAP Socialist Youth, PKR and Amanah youth members apart from ordinary Malaysian youth.
The demonstration ended peacefully
Dang Wangi district police chief, ACP Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said that PDRM discovered the demonstration while patrolling at about 6.40 p.m. He said that all the crowd dispersed peacefully afterwards, and the police did not arrest anyone or confiscated any items.
Responding to the incident, Mohamad Zainal said that they did not receive any application from the organiser to hold the assembly, hence, the case will be investigated under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for holding an assembly without notice.