PETALING JAYA: A group of youths gathered at Dataran Merdeka today to protest against the Perikatan National (PN) government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Around 40 people were seen waving 14 black flags and carrying a banner with the hashtag #KeluarDanLawan (Come out and fight), while standing in front of several fake “bodies”.
A representative of Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat, the organiser of the event, said the protest went on for 40 minutes.
Police arrived as the protesters were in the middle of reading out their statement.
In the statement, the group said the “bodies” symbolised the increasing number of Covid-19 deaths and suicide cases.
It added that the black flags were raised as a sign of the people’s anger in every state, following the popular use of hashtags such as #Lawan and #KerajaanGagal on social media.
“This shows that the people are tired and angry at the egotistical attitude of the PN government, which refuses to resign,” it said.
Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat said the government’s “continued inefficiency and negligence” in handling the spread of Covid-19, as well as its multiple policy U-turns without consulting experts, had confused Malaysians and badly affected the economic sector.
It also voiced dissatisfaction over the international trade and industry ministry’s decision to allow factories to continue operating during movement restrictions, and the government’s insensitivity towards the people’s sufferings shown through the white flag campaign.
“People will starve to death due to lack of income or due to Covid-19 infections, and the prime minister can still joke about raising a blue flag,” it said.
It called for the prime minister to resign, a full parliamentary session to take place and an automatic loan moratorium for all.
The group also urged Malaysians to participate in their cause by wearing black to show their anger at the PN administration.