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When even a minister had to flee

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JD Lovrenciear calls on the authorities to clamp down on any rowdy elements disrupting political or other events.

The news that Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, his family and several friends were chased out from a restaurant by a group of about 200 persons clad in black and red shirts shows how rowdy our political scene has become.

The group went to the restaurant in Ulu Tiram and started a commotion, forcing the minister to flee by jumping over hedge fencing.

What is becoming of us Malaysians?

This culture of rowdiness verging on gangsterism cannot be tolerated. The rule of law must bite hard enough to stop it now.

Not only was the minister put at serious risk, imagine how his family members, including his parents, political colleagues and their families must have felt at having their quiet fellowship dinner disrupted by 200 louts.

It is unthinkable how this rowdy culture has spread to such an extent that there is little fear of the law whether it is in politics, road rage or shady deals involving multi-billion ringgit businesses.

As a citizen, I call on the authorities to curb not only these bullies but their masterminds behind the scenes, if any. It is high time there is a clampdown to show that Malaysians will not tolerate such rowdy, intimidating behaviour anymore.

As we approach 2025 – the new milestone for reaching developed nation status – our political culture must be commensurate with global standards of political maturity.

We cannot have this gangster-like or rowdy culture – and this includes the shameful “Malu apa bossku” fad – taking root in the new Malaysia.

Enough is enough.

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