Protesting in Malaysia can be very polarizing, there are people who believe it is absolutely wrong, troublemaking and unnecessary but there are also those who believe that it is the most important thing to do given the situation in our country. If you’re thinking of protesting, here are something to keep in mind.
Within the current climate in which we live, there are two major factors to consider before deciding to protest:
- There is a possibility that you will get arrested
- Covid is still very much a threat and there is a possibility of contracting it from a large group of people
Once you’ve considered these factors and decide to go ahead with attending:
- Make sure to double mask and wear a face shield
- It is extremely important in this political climate to abide by all SOPs
- Inform a family member or friend of your whereabouts
- If you are able to, get tested for Covid before attending
- This ensures that the protest is safe for everyone there
- Keep six feet distance between yourself and your fellow protestors
- Wash your hands or sanitise frequently
If you are unable to attend the protest, there are still many ways to show your solidarity
- Amplify the voices of the activists who are speaking out
- Share information on the movement on your social platforms
- Donate to the movement, financially or through supplies for the protest
- Educate yourself on the key goals of the movement and why it is necessary to #Lawan
Virtual Protesting Is Still Protesting
As we’ve seen with the events that went down yesterday, we’re all still fighting for democracy and our constitutional rights under it. Safety is not always guaranteed and there is no shame in not attending the physical protest and showing solidarity in other ways.
The goal of all of this is to make Malaysia the best it can possibly be because we love our country.