The Bersih 5 rally scheduled for Nov 19 might do the country good in terms of tourism, said Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Nazri said that demonstrations in general were a "compliment" for the government because it was testament to the government's commitment to upholding freedom of expression.
"People think Malaysia is against (demonstrations) and when they come here (for themselves), they get to see these things happening.
"It will show that (claims that) the government is restricting these rallies are not true," Nazri told a press conference at the World Tourism Conference 2016 in Penang today.
Some tourists, said Nazri, would have come from far more restrictive countries.
He added that rallies should be allowed as long as participants complied with the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
"Here, we are all very civil, well guarded, no untoward incidents. So my take is it is not a problem at all (to hold rallies)," he quipped
Nazri, who is also an Umno supreme council member, appears to have thus far displayed the most liberal view towards Bersih 5 among his Umno colleagues.
Bersih 5 is organised by electoral reform pressure group Bersih to demand Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak's resignation over the 1MDB scandal and also for electoral reforms.
The movement has organised a series of vehicle convoys and roadshows in recent weeks. Some of these events were met with violent responses from the Umno-friendly red-shirts movement. -Mkini