SERDANG, June 10 — The majority of youths want involvement in programmes that foster unity rather than street demonstrations, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.
The home minister said feedback received by his ministry showed a misconception that Bersih 3.0 participants represented the bulk of the country’s youth population.
“Majority of youths don’t want street demonstrations; the reality is that they (the Bersih rally-goers) don’t represent the young generation,” he told reporters here after delivering a speech at the Home Ministry’s 15,000 strong “youth squad” gathering.
During his speech, the Umno vice president described Bersih as a movement that could sow hatred and one viewed by his ministry as a “security issue.”
“Who says the youths are not with us? Majority of the youths are together in the efforts to build the country... when Datuk Seri Najib Razak says transformation he means constructive transformation, not street transformation,” Hishammuddin said to cheers from the crowd.
“Beating police officers, turning over police cars is not the way,” he added, referring to the violent turn of events that occurred during the April 28 rally in the city capital.
Hishammuddin urged the youth volunteers today to carry out the government’s transformation “wave” and to “pass the government’s message” to their home states.
“We want peace!” he exclaimed.