Umno's 'wear black tomorrow' call symbolises freedom under Harapan – activist

Modified 8 May 2019, 6:11 am

Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam has urged Malaysians to wear black tomorrow in conjunction with Pakatan Harapan's first anniversary in power.

Dubbed as the “Black 905” campaign, Lokman cited six reasons for the protest, ranging from unfulfilled promises to the alleged “destruction” of the special position of Islam, bumiputera rights, Bahasa Malaysia and the rulers.

Responding to this, political scientist Wong Chin Huat recalled how he was arrested for making a similar call 10 years ago, following BN's coup against the then Pakatan Rakyat state government in Perak.

“I am glad Umno politicians are following in my footsteps to protest against Harapan. I am certain he (Lokman) would not be arrested for asking the people to wear black.

“If anything, this is an improvement under Harapan. Syabas (well done) Harapan,” Wong added in a Facebook posting.

He is also hoping that Lokman's campaign would gain significant traction.

“Because every citizen who wears black with the motivation to protest and is not arrested by the police is a testimony to civil and political freedoms following the last general election,” Wong added.

Lokman's other reasons for the "Black 905" campaign are the removal of subsidies and the alleged destruction of the economy, racial ties, as well as culture and values.

“There is no need for a gathering, no need to shout.

“Regardless of where you are, all you have to do is wear black as a sign of protest and post this image on your Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts,” Lokman said.

He said he would be at the Mid Valley (shopping mall) tomorrow evening and those who wished to join him in his walkabout were free to do so.

“Only the first 50 participants (who join him) will get a free black T-shirt. The rest will have to buy them or wear whatever black clothing,” Lokman added.

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