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“Don’t hold such rallies as it is a nuisance, what they are trying to prove ?”

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  The scary experience of illegal rallies last year has resulted in the public strongly opposing plans by the opposition to hold a demonstration in the city again this Saturday.

Promises by the organiser that it would be peaceful also was viewed with skepticism as in the past the organisers frequently blamed other parties, including security authorities, for any untoward incidents.

A private sector employee who wished to be called Din, 40, said the organiser’s failure to take responsibility for any damage, the safety of participants and creating problems in the past was a lesson learnt.

“Several series of demonstrations have proven that such organisers take no responsibility for the demonstrations. They take off when something occurs.

“Their promises for a peaceful event are only promises…it not only burdens the public but also taints our country’s image,” he told Bernama here today.

Din, who is against public participation in such events, said human rights was frequently cited by several non-governmental organisations (NGO) to justify street demonstrations but they did care about the country’s legal provisions.

“What is the use of holding demonstrations, shouting and screaming, if it cannot meet the objectives. Don’t hold such rallies as it is a nuisance,” he said.

Social activist Khairil Hafizd Khairuddin, 30, described the demonstrations held before as malicious and attempts to tarnish the country’s image.

“I don’t know what they are trying to prove. To me, Malaysia does not need demonstrations and I see that those holding such events are anti-government.

“This group of people like to make their own assumptions and then hold rallies. This is wrong. There are many other ways to voice their discontent such as through their people’s representatives who will bring up the matter in Parliament,” he told Bernama here.

He also believed that if no action was taken on such activities, demonstrations will become a part of culture in the future.

“The future generations will regard demonstrations as normal because of past examples. Demonstrations will continue and become a culture with the current government or a new government in the future,” he said.

Khairil Hafizd urged the public not to take part or be influenced by demonstrations as its effects were more negative than positive.

“I don’t believe such rallies can go on peacefully even if it takes place in a stadium. When there is chaos, it will create trouble among the people like it did before,” he said.

They were commenting on on the opposition’s plan to hold a gathering at the Merdeka Stadium here on Saturday

Several quarters were reportedly against the demonstration and had urged Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to clarify its purpose as it will coincidentally be held several days before Shamsidar Taharin, the wife of PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali, becomes a witness for a trial involving Anwar.  – Bernama