Some have peppered their online Hari Raya Aidilfitri greetings with demandsagainst the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
Dressed in festive outfits, they posed with placards emblazoned with sloganslike “Buka Parlimen” (open Parliament), “Tamat Darurat” (end emergency) and“Kerajaan Gagal” (failed government).
Several participants of the #BerayaDiJalanRaya (celebrate Raya on the streets)social media campaign also characterised their inability to return home tocelebrate the festival with their family as proof of the government’s failureto handle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Others wished each other Selamat Hari Raya while calling onPutrajaya to immediately lower the voting age to 18.
This marks the second continuous year that Hari Raya Aidilfitri hasbeen celebrated during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today’s online campaign was organised by Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat, aloose coalition made up of youth groups like Undi18 and members of theMalaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda).
The objective of the campaign was to pressure the PN on its six demands: tolift the emergency; reopen Parliament; immediately implement Undi18; ensure therakyat’s economic independence; make education safe for all rakyat; ensure nodouble standards before the law; and to empower the rights of Sabah andSarawak.
The coalition contends that the third movement control order (MCO 3.0)signalled that Putrajaya had failed to combat the pandemic. They also arguedthat it represented the inability of the emergency to address the crisis.
The group previously held the “Buka Puasa Buka Parlimen” demonstration in front of the Parliament building inKuala Lumpur to demand for Parliament sessions to be reconvened.
Parliament has been suspended since January when the emergency wasdeclared.