The BN government has long denied Malaysians the right to peacefully assemble. All kinds of excuses are given, usually relating to claims that any big rally will end up in chaos and violence. The recent Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat has proven them wrong. It was a historical breakthrough. Teresa argues that peaceful rallies are always possible provided the police force do not adopt a heavy-handed approach in dealing with the participants. The HKR rally also proves that Malaysians are mature and can behave responsibly even in groups of 100,000 and more.
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