The hashtag #KerajaanGagal has been trending on social media since last month and the trend had not die down yet. #KerajaanGagal (a.k.a Failed Government) is the public’s way of describing the Malaysian Government’s failure to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
On the first day of Hari Raya festivities, a group of men had gathered in Batu Pahat, Johor to express their dissatisfaction on the Government’s actions. The group was believed to be “mat rempits” loitering in the area.
In the video shared by a netizen, it can be seen that a large “Kerajaan Gagal” banner was being set up and the group of men held red, flare-like sticks. The scene was full with smoke and there was loud buzzing of motor engines.
According to FMT, Batu Pahat police chief, Ismail Dollah said that the police has arrested a 21 year-old youth to assist in the investigations. He said that the preliminary investigations show that the incident happened in Parit Raja and it is believed that the banner had been hung then.
He added that the case will be investigated under Section 144 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly and Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.
In addition to that, those with information on the incident are welcome to come forward or contact the Parit Raja police station at 07-454 1222 or the Batu Pahat police station at 07-436 3300.