Gerakan condemns illegal protest against a lawful forum featuring Namawee Press statement by Gerakan deputy president and head of central bureau on human rights and law, Datuk Chang Ko Youn

Gerakan deputy president Datuk Chang Ko Youn has condemned the unlawful protest on Tuesday by about 50 people, including members of Perkasa, against a lawful forum attended by controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee or better known as Namewee, saying it “reflects lack of tolerance and understanding of democratic values.”

Chang said in our democratic society, invariably, there would be dissenting views, differences of opinions or unhappiness over various issues by different groups.

“Gerakan is of the opinion that there is no necessity to stage a protest against Wee due to some unhappiness or different of opinions. There is absolutely no need to agitate and create unnecessary tension,” said Chang in a statement.

Chang, who is also the party’s head of central bureau on human rights and law, added that everyone should subscribe to the cardinal principle of democracy that is  "I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"   

Thus, he said, the unlawful protest held outside the Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur, showed intolerance of dissenting views which is not only bad for democracy but also a threat to rule of law in this multi-racial society.

The group was seen holding Perkasa banners and Wee’s pictures which were later set on fire, while some hurled abuses at the rapper who was launching an album at the hall. 
The protestors had deemed Namewee’s controversial video clips and albums as “racist” in nature, and that he had disgraced the nation.

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