Musa Hitam: Bersih 'best thing to happen' in Malaysia
PETALING JAYA: Last Saturday's Bersih 5 rally was the best thing to happen in the country, said former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam.
He added that he was happy that the rally took place peacefully.
"By demonstrating peacefully, we have proven the naysayers wrong. As an Umno member, I've always been for peaceful assemblies and still hold on to that view even if other party members don’t," he said
The former Suhakam chairman added that his views on public demonstrations resulted in a spat between him and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, as he was opposed to them.
"I hope this culture of peaceful demonstration may soon be accepted by both the people and the Government. If people are allowed to demonstrate without fear of favour, it will be more than a huge plus for the Government" he said
Musa said this when met by reporters after delivering his keynote address at the Women's Institute of Management's Conference on Integrity and Governance for Company Directors in the Public and Private Sector here.