But excuse me, “silent majority” are those people who do not speak publicly. Which includes like millions of people in Malaysia.
I don’t know who got their English wrong but “The silent majority is a hypothetical large number of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly”.
Damai expressed their opinion publicly, backed by the newspapers, and by none other than the Prime Minister himself.
Damai – this new, out of nowhere umbrella body comprising 395 NGOs, representing nearly 1.5 million members, handed over a memorandum to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recently – is NOT silent majority.
The memorandum criticised recent illegal street demonstrations, which Damai said had caused problems and created tension among Malaysia’s multiracial population. (The STAR)
Damai not only spoke but handed in its memorandum to the PM- It is NO DIFFERENT from the lawyers, Bersih or Hindraf (activists, politicians and ordinary folks who organised or joined peaceful rallies in Kuala Lumpur starting last month). All excercised their right to freedom of expression.
How come Damai is accepted and not the others? Just because it echoes UMNO’s views. But also because it may be ochestrated by UMNO itself. I see MCA speaking on behalf of it as well. Very fishy and very blurry.
The MCA fella also accused the rallies for causing the drop in tourist figures. What a lie. Tourists refuse to visit because there is nothing much to see in Malaysia anyway. We are not tourists-friendly and worst still, tourists consider us an ‘extremist” and “violent” country. Look at how we celebrated International Human Rights Day!
Anyway, tourists also shy away, not because people rally, demonstrate, protest or whatever, but because police are abusive, and abusive apparatus are used, such as tear gas, chemical laced water and batons, on the peaceful protesters.
I have only to ask my mum about this and she says that she has visited countries where there were rallies going on, and had no fear at all, she even stopped and listened to what they had to say because those rallies were conducted peacefully and police were around to protect rather than bully.
My mum is 73, and has seen, let alone experience alot. So, Abdullah, don’t try to bull shit me.
There are millions and millions and millions of Malaysians out there who haven’t spoken yet. And probably never will, given the unfair, harsh and cruel treatment and abuses that the UMNO government has heaped on those who did.
I repeat. Only a coward will hide behind the ISA. UMNO is now hiding behind this “silent majority”.