After the first three demonstrations in the first day of petrol hike, you have another six yesterday. What would we have today? Nine more?
(Photos: Malaysiakini Chinese Edition)
Heeding the normal calls that we should look at things positively, I think Malaysia is becoming “normal” as a country.
In the past, the government has “protected” us both from the market mechanism and demonstrations. (One may even argue Malaysians’ submissiveness to the state may be partly attributed to its heavy role in economy.)
Today, as the government moves away from such “protective role”, the public is also moving away from
the “no-demonstration” culture.
Unlike the massive political demonstrations in the second half of last year, the anti-petrol hike demonstrations were rather small in scale and brief in time. Many of the demonstrators looked like ordinary folks who perhaps have never participated in such protests before. Best of all, the police have learned to respect Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and did not violate the demonstrators’ freedom of assembly.
Isn’t it a good thing that Malaysians are moving away from their dependence and fear of the state?
Yes, we are becoming a normal country where the government cannot do and order anything.