Also in general contention, and outspoken on the topic of fairness in the election processes, is Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) deputy president Mohamad Sabu. Sabu has expressed concerns about “cheating tactics,” abuses (including media abuses), and has accused the Barisan Nasional of "gerrymandering" and "malapportioning" electoral constituencies.
We at Blogcritics have seen some coverage of the demonstrations in Malaysia. From the photos at social outlets it appears the demonstrators were peaceful and the police only reacted with teargas for some control of the crowds and of the streets at the end of the long day.
From my vantage point in America, I have written about many such demonstrations in recent months. In many cases, the early days of protest are peaceful, the demonstrators, good citizens. Then, in just days or weeks, the gas is replaced with bullets, the banners replaced with blood-soaked t-shirts; formerly peaceful demonstrators now carry automatic rifles. Soon, witness the implementation of artillery, and tanks, and trucks that may run down slow moving protestors. The Malaysians seem peaceful. We hope these things won’t develop.
Beyond those mentioned herein there are other groups seeking power; martial arts groups who are said to “subvert the legal apparatus.” Reference is made to a “shadowy group,” Pekida, and to a Toh Peh Kong group, “emerging from the bowels of Jinjang.” Lastly we have noticed reference to a Red Thali group.
Again from my vantage I can only hope there won’t be bloodshed in Malaysia. One can only wonder, if it comes to that, if China will take a hand. We see comparisons of Malaysia with Taiwan, where responsible demonstrators can do little more than to make their presence felt.