IPOH: DAP Youth chief Howard Lee Chuan How (pic) does not foresee Malaysian youths protesting or rioting to get their points across, unlike what seems to be happening in Hong Kong.
He said that the protesters and rioters in Hong Kong are not one monolithic block, but it so happened they are jumbled together and reported as such.
Lee, who is also the state Youth, Sports and Human Development Committee chairman, was asked to comment whether the youth rioters and protesters in Hong Kong would embolden more youths in Malaysia to take up such measures if their voices are not heard.
“There are many different issues, and points that culminated in what is happening in Hong Kong. I think it has no direct connection with Malaysia.
“Talking about university students or students in general, our universities are autonomous, and it allows each university to go in whichever direction, ” he said after announcing the first Perak Startup Festival 2019 to be held in November.
However, Lee said what is more important is what students do with the autonomy, and the freedom of expression.
Lee also said he would like to invite the media to help the government push for healthy debate that is progressive and productive.
“I think it should be channelled towards a culture of discussion, healthy debate, and furthering the national and humanitarian agenda. Malaysia has its own culture, and if we are talking about the push for progress, we have a history of that from ‘Reformasi' right up to 'Bersih’, ” he added.