KUALA LUMPUR: The protest by electoral reform group Bersih 2 today tarnished the country’s reputation and also affected parliament’s image, Kuala Selangor member of parliament Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim said.
He said people should not resort to gathering and demonstrating as the only means to express unhappiness over an issue.
“Some do it just to attract foreign media attention and show that Malaysia is in turmoil.
“A gathering to create such negative perception will only open the door for foreign media to sensationalise the news without considering the impact it has on the country’s image,” he said in a statement.
It was reported about 300 people had gathered in front of the parliament building to protest against the tabling of the redelineation report.
Protesters clad in Bersih 2.0's signature yellow t-shirt carrying placards arrived as early as at 8am despite heavy police presence at the vicinity of Tugu Negara and outside Parliament House.
Irmohizam said it was disappointing that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also turned up at the gathering.
“His presence throws into question his credibility as he once used to rule under the same system which is being practised now.
“As a country which practises democracy, protest gatherings should not be the only means to voice discontent.
“Although the government allows freedon of speech for the people, there should also be respect for the rule of law,” he said.