Malaysian court ruling on Merdeka Square protests illegitimate



“The Malaysian police pledged on Monday to investigate violence at a rally supporting free elections that spiraled out of control when protesters broke through barricades and the police fired tear gas in central Kuala Lumpur.....

Mr. Najib, who has introduced a raft of reforms in recent months after promising last year to bolster civil liberties in Malaysia, said attacks on the authorities and the ramming of the barricades showed that the demonstrators did not respect a court order barring anyone from entering Independence Square, according to the Bernama report.” - NYtimes


Najib accuses the protestors of not respecting the law by disregarding the court ruling that they may not enter 'Independence Square'. Does no one appreciate the contradiction here?

the court ruling can itself be seen as illegitimate as, in denying the people the right to protest there against tyranny is itself, is also an affront to the grounds upon which Malaysia gained independenceAs Independence Square, or Merdeka Square, or Dataran Merdeka - named as such after the British Union Jack was lowered and replaced with the Malaysian flag - is, by implication, supposed to extol and celebrate independence from tyranny and the value of Freedom, isn't the court ruling a disregard of the spirit of the Square, and by association, the independence that was celebrated there?  And hence, isn’t the entry of protestors into the square a renewal of the spirit of the Square and what it stands for?  On this basis, the court ruling can itself be seen as illegitimate as, in denying the people the right to protest there against tyranny is itself, is also an affront to the grounds upon which Malaysia gained independence.  We could even say that it was treasonous.

Perhaps they ought to invite the British to re-colonise Malaysia.  After all, what the Malaysian protestors are trying to do is to make Malaysia as good as it might have been today if the British never left.


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