Students behind the recently-formed Reduce Cost of Living Movement, or Turun, said they would go ahead with the New Year's eve rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest price hikes despite repeated warnings from the police.
Turun public relations spokesman Nur Azhar Baharum said students of the International Islamic University were unfazed by the threats from the authorities.
"Turun wants to express the public's concern over the current situation where prices of goods and services have increased," he said.
"It is very disappointing that the police and Home Ministry are attempting to portray a negative impression of Turun," said Nur Azhar, referring to statements by police and pro-Umno groups that the protest was an attempt to overthrow the government.
He said the authorities' use of technical excuses such as on the absence of police permits merely showed their lack of maturity.
"These accusations are an attempt to show that our students are unfamiliar with the democratic system in Malaysia.
"We participated in the 13th general election, we have cast our votes. How difficult can it be to understand the system in Malaysia?"
He also ticked off the traditional media over their coverage of Turun's planned protest. – December 29, 2013.