Skip to comments.Democracy, Freedom And The Malaysian Summer
Posted on 07/03/2011 3:09:36 PM PDT by expatguy
In 2007 then-Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi brought the calls for reform to an abrupt end using the old tried and true methods of repressing the media and then quelling the peaceful protesters with chemical-laced water cannons and teargas. It's questionable whether such old-school tactics will work this time and quite possibly they could backfire.
Not unlike their Arab counterparts, Tech-savy Malaysians have taken to the internet to spread their message of civil resistance using social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of traditional government attempts at repression and media censorship.
Seemingly oblivious to the sociopolitical changes and technology advances being employed, the authorities in Malaysia have in recent weeks detained over 100 people for supporting a political rally in Kuala Lumpur by wearing yellow T-shirts blazoned with the words "Bersih 2.0" - "Bersih" is the Malaysian word for "Clean". - In response, Malaysians have taken to Facebook and Twitter urging their supporters to defiantly don the yellow t-shirts.
|Sorry No Yellow T-Shirts|
Malaysian officials have declared the rally illegal because, they say, the participants are trying to overthrow the government. Authorities have warned people not to attend with the police threatening to use everything at their disposal to prevent the rally from taking place.
In 2007, the social media was in it's infancy as was the widespread use of internet enabled devices. This time around the revolution wont just be televised it will be on Facebook and Twitter as it happens and the world will be watching.
Prime Minister Najib Razak should be welcoming democratic reform rather suppressing it or Malaysians might come the conclusion that the government cares more about retaining power than it does the country's well-being.
Thanks for the on scene report.
Thanks Kristinn for the ping.
Thank you expatguy.
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