Malaysia

Join Jan 12 rally if against oppression, Nik Aziz tells Malaysians

Nik Aziz said the Malays were wont to let oppression against them go unchallenged. — File pic Nik Aziz said the Malays were wont to let oppression against them go unchallenged. — File pic KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 ― Malaysians who are against oppression must make their voices heard by joining in the “Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (People’s Uprising Rally)” on January 12, PAS’s Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said today.

The Islamist party’s spiritual advisor urged Malaysians to cast aside their ideological differences and show up at the historic Stadium Merdeka to demonstrate to the authorities that civil society will not stand for unfair government policies and decisions.

“We Malays only think that oppressing others is considered cruel and let ourselves be oppressed, which should not be allowed,” the Kelantan mentri besar told the party paper, Harakah.

The mammoth rally, organised by civil activist groups with participation from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, is a culmination of sorts for all movements against purportedly unfair government policies and decisions, and pressure the ruling federal administration to speed up its reforms in the run-up to the general election.

The organisers are targeting one million participants for the event, and have promised it will be a peaceful affair. However, they have yet to receive word from the authorities on whether or not they have a permit to use Stadium Merdeka for the event.

Several simultaneous rallies are also planned worldwide, including in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Egypt, and Dubai.

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