Malaysian democracy showed its two faces this week when 1,000 people took part in a street protest for an hour demanding the removal of a senior government officer and backing federal “transformation” plans for turning Felda, the farmers’ collective, into a giant agri-business organisation. On the other hand 30 university students were given the usual full police action of harrassment, arrest, and denial of legal counsel.
Perkasa 1,000 rent-a-mob gets away with street protest
The street protest involved Malay rights group Perkasa, Umno and an organisation known as the “Coalition to Dignify National Leaders” in Malay. They demanded the removal of the director-general of Felda and other “traitors” for objecting to government plans for listing a Felda subsidiary on the stock market. The Felda head has been ordered to go on “study leave” from Nov 25.
No arrrests were reported. Continue reading