Malaysia

Street protests run contrary to democracy, says Dr Mahathir – Bernama

Demonstrators gather outside the National Mosque during the May Day rally against the goods and services Tax (GST) and the rising cost of living at the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Jalan Raja, adjacent to Dataran Merdeka. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 1, 2014.  Demonstrators gather outside the National Mosque during the May Day rally against the goods and services Tax (GST) and the rising cost of living at the Sultan Abdul Samad building in Jalan Raja, adjacent to Dataran Merdeka. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 1, 2014. Street protests aimed at toppling the government run contrary to democracy practice, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the action also portrayed that those involved did not understand the parameters of freedom in expressing dissatisfaction.

Many countries, especially new countries which are still familiarising with democratic practice, failed to develop and thrive due to misuse of democracy, Mahathir added.

"In old democracies like in Europe or America, if people are dissatisfied with the government that was elected by the majority, they wait until the general election again to topple it.

"That's why their countries are peaceful, quiet and well-developed," he said.

He was commenting on the anti-GST (goods and services tax) rally in Kuala Lumpur today.

Mahathir also asked the people whether they wanted to live in peace and harmony or in upheaval due to predilections of a few.  – Bernama, May 1, 2014.

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