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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 45) – May day! May day!


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 45) – May day! May day!

May Day is the day when the whole world protests, demonstrates and rallies against… well… anything they want. And in Malaysia, it was all against GST (Goods and Services Tax). But do demonstrations serve any purpose in Malaysia anymore? Who knows. Aizyl decided to attend the demo in Kuala Lumpur while Zan chose to go on vacation instead. But they discuss it nonetheless.

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan

Marching like a wedding procession was hilarious. But with #KitaLawan leaders hauled up by the police just before the demonstration really hurt the numbers. Are the police succeeding in turning the volume down on #KitaLawan?

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Change our perception of protests and demonstrations


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Change our perception of protests and demonstrations
By Zan Azlee

Malaysia began its journey as an independent nation through protests and demonstrations organised by our founding fathers against the colonial masters.

It was democratic and peaceful, but the message the entire country sent to the British was powerful. They were not happy and tried as much as they could to suppress the dissent.

But of course, as we all know, they were unsuccessful and in August 1957, the British were forced to let go of our nation.

Unfortunately, the perception of this sacred democratic act today has been relegated to something negative, uncivilised and barbaric.
Those who partake in protests and demonstrations are labelled as hooligans and troublemakers, intent on destroying the daily lives of the rakyat.

Ironically, the same party that organised the protests and demonstrations to free our glorious nation are now stifling that same democratic element.

Is it just because now, these activities are mainly done to protest and demonstrate against them? So have the tides turned that they are now forced to suppress dissent?

Shouldn’t they embrace the tradition that brought us to independence instead of totally erasing it from their memories? Isn’t that a form of ungratefulness?

So many of the great nations in the world have attained independence and progressed due to the democratic process of protests and demonstrations. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Street demos are meant to disrupt


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Street demos are meant to disrupt
By Zan Azlee

Sometimes I think many in the country don’t seem to get the concept of a street assembly, rally or demonstration.

I was watching a local television news programme two days ago and they had a news story whereby they interviewed the public regarding street demonstrations.

It was amusing to see the reactions of the people who were being interviewed. All of them seemed to have the opinion that street demonstrations caused trouble and disrupted daily lives.

They felt annoyed that traffic will be affected, businesses will be disrupted and whatnot. It seemed like they didn’t appreciate the trouble it would cause them for that few hours.

Don’t they realise that street demonstrations aim to do exactly that? They intentionally want to stop traffic, cause chaos to businesses and put a stop to daily operations. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Students protest the rising cost of living on New Year’s Eve (TURUN)


Students protest the rising cost of living on New Year’s Eve
By Zan Azlee

As any other New Year’s Eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Dataran Merdeka was jam-packed with people who were there to usher in the New Year and to enjoy the live performances that have been organised there for years without fail.

But this year, the situation was a little bit different. A call by Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (TURUN), Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), Jingga 13 and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) saw thousands gathering there as well, but for a different reason. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]