Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin criticized Al-Jazeera's news commentator in an interview with the cable news channel. Viewers can see that the minister is struggling to come out with justified reasons on why the policemen were spraying water canon and acid foam at protestors, passing vehicles and pedestrians.
When asked why peaceful demonstration is not allowed, Zam responded that there is an election every 5 years so there is no need for demonstration. This is a mockery of our understanding of real democracy. Democracy is not only about having elections every five years. It is about individual rights to freedom of opinion, speech and assembly.His response in Al-Jazeera does not paint him in a good light.
I hope the minister will ponder before opening his mouth. Zam, not all Malaysians laughed at Al-Jazeera's news coverage. We are not yet Pakistan or Myanmar and for goodness sake we will not allow this country to go that way. That I can assure you, Mr Minister.