It actually reminds me of those demonstrations calling for Najib's resignation prior to GE14, except that in those instances the authorities didn't use force against the demonstrators,
As mentioned in the video, the protesters at the rally against Najib were largely Chinese.
Since the authorities back then didn't use violence against them like in Hong Kong, I believe Chinese in Malaysia have more freedom than Chinese in Hong Kong and definitely more so than Chinese in mainland China where this is how they break up a protest,
The protesters in Hong Kong were accused of being driven by foreign powers. So did those massacred at Tiananmen Square in Beijing back then. Were the protesters in Malaysia driven by foreign powers?
Well, that's what they said.
Whatever it is, Malaysia pre GE14 was relatively tolerant of protesters against the government.
Maybe we are better now.
That had not always been the case though. This is a protest during the Reformasi era of late 90s,
But then again the Reformasi protestors back then were largely Malays, not Chinese.
The Chinese only started going to the streets in large number after this anti-Lynas protest in Kuantan after the Najib's administration promised not to crack down on them,
You can read more about it at this post in the old BIGCAT blog just days after it happened in February 2012
As it turned out now, all that anti-Lynas protests were just political bullshit.
But back then it led to the other Chinese-dominated rallies in the run up to the GE14 where BN was defeated in the end.
Maybe the Chinese authorities in China and Hong Kong learnt from it.
Maybe that's why they don't allow the Chinese there to rally peacefully. They beat up and even killed those Chinese protesters over there.
Well, I guess the Chinese, along with others in Malaysia are more Merdeka than those in China and Hong Kong.