MALAYSIANS TO HOLD RALLIES AGAINST GST HIKE IN LEAD-UP TO 1 MAY PROTEST

The #KitaLawan movement will organize rallies in Johor Baru and other Malaysian cities in the run-up to the May 1 rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) strategy coordinator, Akmal Nasir, said the first of the rallies will be held in Johor Baru. The first of the protests took place at JB City Square yesterday.

“We believe many youths in Johor will take part in this rally as we prepare for the ultimate gathering in Kuala Lumpur on May 1,” he said today.

Akmal said more rallies would be subsequently organised in other cities, including Penang, with the help of more than 53 non-governmental organisations in the #KitaLawan movement.

“We will announce the locations nearer to the date of the planned rallies. We believe this will help us to mobilise our target of a million attendees for the May 1 rally.”

Smaller crowds and police arrests at the rally on March 28 have not deterred the organizers, says #KitaLawan secretariat member Mandeep Singh.

“We are not so concerned about large crowd numbers. The important thing is that people are consistently turning up for the rallies. This shows they too are not scared to stand up for what they believe in and will not be intimidated by scare tactics used by police in arresting activists and politicians.”

The secretariat will be preparing a special signboard to commemorate their frequent gathering spot in front of the fountain near Dataran Merdeka, where the previous #KitaLawan rallies were held.

He said the portable signboard will read “Dataran #KitaLawan” and resemble existing signboards in the city, with a blue background.

“This signboard will be placed on the spot whenever we hold our rallies. The official declaration ceremony will be held this Wednesday at 9pm.”

#KitaLawan secretariat member Fariz Musa, who was the first to be arrested after the March 28 rally, said the protest on May 1 would demand for Putrajaya to abolish the goods and services tax (GST).

“Many youths perceive the implementation of GST as cruel. It only help high income earners by replacing the previous service tax at a reduced rate. Ordinary folk, who are not qualified even for income tax, are the ones to suffer,” he said.

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