Social Resistance in A Semi-Democracy

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Social mobilisation takes many forms, especially in a country that disdains it. But once it gets going, the government, however repressive, has no choice but to respond. This it does reluctantly and through parrying movements and acts of denial.

On February 5 this year, more than 5,000 people flooded downtown Kuala Lumpur to participate in the Light up Jalan Sultan and Preserve Heritage event.

Artisans and performers from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds jazzed up the evening with song, music and drama performances; each performance narrating a fraction of the history of Jalan Sultan. The event celebrated arguably the last Chinese New Year for Jalan Sultan. Organisers and participants urged the authorities to prioritise heritage assets over development projects by realigning the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) underground route away from Jalan Sultan.


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