Many Malaysians would rather celebrate New Year's Eve than join protest

Many Malaysians would rather celebrate New Year's Eve than join protest
Malaysian policemen guarding a roadblock during an operation in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR- Yes, times are not good and prices are going up and people have to watch their wallets, but that's not going to stop Malaysians from doing what they always do on New Year's Eve - celebrate!

Many in the Klang Valley said they would rather spend their countdown to the new year having fun rather than join a protest against the rising cost of living that is being planned to be held at Dataran Merdeka here.

Driver Abd Razak Sudin, 47, said having a rally to protest against price hikes was not the solution.

"If there's an issue, people should go to the Government or the authorities," said Abd Razak, adding that any rally would only disrupt peace.

"There is no point in shouting. Why not just sit at home and enjoy the company of our families instead?" he said.

Student Lau Yew Choy, 28, also said the last day of the year should be for reflection and celebration.

"We might break the law as protesters," he said.

Business development manager Yip Li Kai, 30, also said there was no point in having a rally especially when people were more interested in welcoming the new year.

"It wouldn't be successful as the Government didn't take whatever that was requested for in previous rallies into consideration," said Yip.

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