Thousands show concern over Malaysia's new tax

Thousands show concern over Malaysia's new tax
Rallying against the GST

KUALA LUMPUR - The anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally ended prematurely as rain descended upon Dataran Merdeka where a massive crowd had gathered.

The rally, held in protest against the Federal Government, went on peacefully with no untoward incident except for a few scuffles between people wearing the Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) T-shirts and PAS Unit Amal volunteers.

Protesters gathered at eight different meeting points in the city as early as 7am yesterday to take part in the rally against the new tax, scheduled to be implemented next year.

More than 12 buses and trucks filled with policemen were deployed and they managed to maintain order as people started to march to Data-ran Merdeka at 2pm.

The protesters ignored police orders by bringing children to the rally while some shouted slogans including Tolak Reformasi, Bangkit (rise) and Reformasi (reformation).

Early on, the crowd at Sogo shopping complex were impatient and started marching when Pakatan leaders were giving speeches.

"Save your speeches, we just want to march," one of the supporters said.

When the congregation reached Dataran Merdeka at 1pm, they were told to turn back by Unit Amal personnel as protesters were only allowed along Jalan Raja between 2pm and 5pm.

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