The hashtag #Turun is trending on Twitter and is because Malaysian students getting frustrated with the government’s lack of action in combating the rising cost of living in the country.
The movement was headed by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Student Union and it was a collaboration with various other student-based organisations.
Taking it to the IIUM Student Union Twitter page, they are now demanding that the government fulfil 5 demands and they are,
1. Cut the wages of ministers
2. Additional financial aid for the people
3. Continue the existing subsidies on certain goods
4. To control the price of goods on campus
5. Provide long and short-term food security solutions
In a statement, the group said, “Following the statement by the IIUM Student Union and the University of Malaya Student Union, other student movements have decided to join the protest on the issue of rising prices of goods and the government’s approach to addressing this issue as announced by YAB Dato Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia.”
“In this regard, we, as a student movement that represents not only the voice of students but also the voice of the people, we call on all component parties of Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan, Perikatan Nasional, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, MUDA and Parti Sosialis Malaysia as well as any NGOs to join us in this movement so that we can continue to defend the fate of the people, whether from the opposition or the government.”
“Listen to our demands, or we will go to the streets!”
𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍𝐓 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐌𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒— IIUM Student Union (@iium_su) June 29, 2022
𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃𝐒: 𝟓 𝐃𝐄𝐌𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒
IIUM Student Union, in solidarity with other student movements #TURUN for a press conference with 5 DEMANDS to the government pic.twitter.com/pVcECJdnBP
Just yesterday (30 June), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the formation of a special committee to wage “jihad” (holy war) against inflation in the country.
Nonetheless, let’s see if the committee could come up with any effective measures to combat the rising prices.
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