This Sunday there'll be another protest, a combined one against the rise in oil price and electricity tariffs. The organiser hopes there will be 2000 participants, scheduled for 10 a.m. outside Petronas Twin Towers.
The usual suspects will be there - the Opposition and NGOs. Their leaders will (hope to) be giving speeches while a group of youths will perform a sketch. PAS, PKR, and DAP will be the political parties represented.
When observers suggested that the turnout may be less than expected because of the inevitable police suppression, PAS deputy president, Hatta said: “The number of people who turn up do not necessarily reflect the real situation. People are angry, the protests are to remind them of the fuel hike and ultimately the people will make a choice like in the Sarawak election.”
We may expect the government to be more twitchy about PAS and PKR because of the very political-minded Malay constituency. The Chinese will be represented solely by Tian of PKR, who is a bit of a wannabe martyr, while the general community stays at home to play mahjong and p'ah-kow (cards) because they no longer care. The Indians, except for MIC top dogs, will be busy trying to scrap something together to survive.
While I have been supportive of the oil price hike as an inevitable and natural event, I have been appalled by the government's continuing waste and profligate spending - as in the Everest 2007 project. The Abdullah Badawi government should tighten its own belt before it dares tell the poor to "change their lifestyles".