The heavens opened up to heavy rain in Penang as the Peaceful Assembly Bill was passed in Parliament after opposition MPs walked out in protest.
Earlier, the MPs were unhappy that the Speaker had restricted the scope of the debate to just three speakers from Pakatan.
It is a sad day for Malaysian democracy and even the skies appear to be weeping.
“Najib has taken the people of Malaysia for a ride.” Read Aliran’s statement.
This is a big mistake – a huge step backwards – by the BN government in this day and age when people all over the world are clamouring for greater democratic space.
So much for ushering in greater democracy and turning Malaysia into the world’s best democracy!
This Bill reflects all the insecurities of the present BN government and their lack of confidence in public support for their rule.