Come on, Ambiga. You actually believe that?
You are very mischievous and doing the very thing that you have blasted others for.
We have less freedom under the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 compared to Myanmar's new legislation that allow street protests?
Even if you put that side by side, surely that's misleading and an erroneous conclusion.
But what you want is to hold street protests? And when you're not allowed, it is shameful? But you're allowed to assemble peacefully . Maybe that's not enough?
You want to hold street protests anywhere and at anytime without having to meet any requirement?
You take exception that we are not allowed to gather at petrol stations?
In other words you want this government to accede to all your demands and when it cannot, it is a bad undemocratic government.
So, you cavalierly say it is so shameful and that Malaysia is worse than Myanmar?
I've taken part in protests and walks before. They - penguin walk and walk for freedom (the one Ambiga/Bar Council cancelled) in 2007 - were peaceful.
The penguin or yellow walk with the lawyers in Putrajaya was memorable. Motorists honked in support. Passersby waved at us.
The Bersih 0.1 was not that peaceful. I think with such a huge mass of people, you'd expect things to get a little bit out of hand. Also politicians hijacked the whole thing...
However, I knew we were a nuisance because traffic was disrupted, among other things.
The requirements under the Peaceful Assembly Bill are nothing to get excited about. Yes, indeed, we should not stop at this.
Let's push and press for freedom.
But let's not get confused. And let's not be mischievous.
Whose freedom are you fighting for when you insist on holding street protests and gathering at petrol stations?
I think we all can make ourselves heard without protesting in the streets. Peaceful assemblies work well and effectively too.
Don't think that wanting reforms and freedom is your exclusive right or that of a few. Others before you have fought the way you would never be able to do.
Others today are less combative than you and are probably more sincere than you, and without an agenda.
You may think we're worse than Myanmar but hell, we're a lot better than the US! In this first world country whose great democracy some people worship -- you can't even assemble peacefully. Of course, it is debatable whether or not the Occupy protesters are depriving others' their freedom to go to the park.
By the way, how was the walk to parliament yesterday? Any problems along the way?