If ever there was a clear case of overreaction, it was the official and media responses to the Janji Demokrasi gathering, observes Zaharom Nain.
Unlike previously, this year’s official celebrations unfolded with government politicians casting a keen eye towards having to recapture lost ground in the imminent general election, writes Yeoh Seng Guan.
Prime Minister Najib Razak used the occasion of the Merdeka celebrations to lash out at the political opposition. Martin Jalleh highlights a few of the reactions.
In recent days, those still watching television might have noticed that the Merdeka dittie ‘Janji Ditepati‘ has been increasingly scarce. What has happened to this song, wonders our correspondent.
Who will be allowed to attend the Merdeka celebration at Bukit Jalil Stadium? Martin Jalleh summarises the official and farcical flip-flop.
Lifting yet another passage out of BN’s basi Book of Awful Drama Scripts, they decide to send police personnel to Rafizi Ramli’s home at dawn, arrest and handcuff the ‘wayward’ young man – and make a martyr out of him, observes an incredulous Zaharom Nain.
Today we may not be members of Umno, MCA or MIC but all of us are the legitimate descendants of that generation who played a significant role in the struggle for Independence, writes P Ramakrishnan.
Tommy Thomas is concerned that we are sliding into a Police State with no place for the Rule of Law.
Historical facts should be projected in the right perspective without any bias, say P Sivakumar.
Semua rakyat harus mendapat hak yang saksama dan harus boleh menikmati sumber Malaysia bersama, ulas Nalini M dan Kohila dari Jerit. Sehingga perubahan ini berlaku, Hari Malaysia hanya adalah satu lagi cuti umum dalam banyak-banyak cuti umum yang ada di Malaysia.