May 29, 2006
It was supposed to be the climax of a series of anti-fuel hike demonstrations, yet it ended on a tragic note when police today forcefully broke up the protest with at least two seriously injured.
(taken from Malaysiakini.com – full link here)
Malaysian police used batons and water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in the capital, arresting around a dozen activists and beating several.
Some 200 people, including opposition parties, non-government organisations and student groups gathered in front of Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the latest of a series of rallies against steep fuel price rises.
Chanting "Protest!" and carrying banners saying "Cronies get rich while workers are oppressed", they also slammed a decision last week to raise electricity tariffs, the first hike in nearly a decade.
(taken from Malaysia-today.net, full link here).
Questions to ask:
- Fuel hike and electricity price increase: necessary for the government or not?
- If it was necessary, has the government acted responsibly in ensuring the welfare of the lower income group is taken care of sufficiently?
- If it has not, why not? If it has not, in what ways have the government acted irresponsibly, and has it been for any vested interests?
- If it has acted irresponsibly, is this reason enough for the public to react?
- If so, what is the correct method in which the public should react? Legal and social restrictions?
- If the public has reacted and responded according to legal principles, what was the reason for the "violent" acts today?
- Is this something that should be brought to the Human Rights Commission, as the protestors are going to do (as reported)?
- And what are the implications of these on your stand towards government policy? (economic, social and otherwise)
(i'm figuring out the last one for myself too)
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