Hundreds of youths break fast in front of Parliament to demand its reopening, end of Emergency

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Hundreds of Malaysian youths gathered for a sit-in protest, calling for Parliament to immediately reconvene and the end of the state of Emergency, yesterday.

Calling for democracy to prevail, the youths also carried placards with the message “Buka puasa, buka Parlimen” — a play on the Malay word referring to the act of its Muslim participants breaking their fast, and to reopen the Parliament.

Hari Anggara

Other placards, including those saying “Rakyat Bangkit” (Malay for “People rise up”), “Tamat darurat” (“End the Emergency”) and calling for 18-year-olds to be allowed to vote.

Hari Anggara

Organised by the Undi18 movement, the group had listed six demands for Putrajaya: to end the state of Emergency and reconvene Parliament, to implement Undi 18 immediately, the enforcement of a just and humane laws, strengthening the rights of Sabah and Sarawak, strengthening a safe education system for all Malaysians and the guarantee of a sustainable economy for the people. – MMO