Of bare necessities in Selangor

Members of Gerakan Reformasi Rakyat Malaysia (Reformis) reportedly planned to stalk Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and strip naked in protest against the state government’s decision to raise the rental of low-cost houses.

While their plight may get the desired public attention, this very act of the self-styled Nude Squad might have the effect of turning the notion of ‘reformasi’ on its head.

And arising from this episode, one wonders whether there would be certain quarters in society who would mischievously try to make an equation between social reform and ‘immoral act’.

An extract of The Star report:

SHAH ALAM: Eight members of Gerakan Reformasi Rakyat Malaysia (Reformis) will stalk Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and strip naked when they come face to face with him.

The men, aged 33 to 50, are from the movement’s “Dare to be Nude Squad.”

They have decided to go ahead and bare all in protest against the state government’s decision to raise the rental of low-cost houses.

“Our struggle is to keep the rental rate for government low-cost houses under the People’s Housing Scheme from going up.

“We wanted a police permit to strip in front of the State Secretariat as a sign of protest but we were denied it, so, now we will stalk the Mentri Besar and go butt naked when we get the chance,” said movement president Ramlan Abu Bakar.

He said the movement could not accept the state executive council’s decision in July to raise the rental from RM124 to RM250 a month for about 6,200 homes.

“We will go naked to get the message across. Our act is to humiliate or embarrass the Mentri Besar for not keeping to his general election promises to help the low-income earners,” he said.

7 Responses to “Of bare necessities in Selangor”

  1. 1 My2cen 1 December 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Ah, Melayu progressive namanya!

  2. 2 Batu Ferringhi 2 December 2008 at 12:19 am

    Is this the way to behave in a civil society… strip naked in front of the state secretariat building? What do you tell your kids, man? Why not be more civilized and challenge the MB to a debate? Or meet him at the ballot box? Why have to be so arrogant and uncouth?

  3. 3 Batu Ferringhi 2 December 2008 at 12:21 am

    Oh, any lady protesters in the group? If there are, do let me know where you guys are stalking the MB, need to bring my zoom lens, provided it is a SYT…

  4. 4 Eagle 2 December 2008 at 2:54 am

    Bodoh punya reformis. IMMORAL act.

  5. 5 Skyhawk 2 December 2008 at 11:48 am

    Ya,need to bring my zoom lens too. Will download the pictures into U-tube for the public to see.

    Come on,there must be better ways than these lah!!!!!!

  6. 6 zorro 2 December 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Can we be arrested for indecent exposure? Can’t find anything in the Police Act! Question: Have they to get police permit? Deep Sigh.

  7. 7 Journo 2 December 2008 at 10:46 pm

    It would take a lot for someone brought up in a Malaysian society to stand in public naked. In fact, it only shows that they have been pushed and they find no other avenue to get the attention of the authorities on their plight. Anarchy is an option but it is obvious that these guys do not want to destroy public order and peace, but would rather humiliate themselves for a cause.
    These people should be allowed to do protest in whichever way they want to – whether the rest of society agrees to it or not. It is their right to express their displeasure.


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