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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

and it was all YELLOW ......

The latest event that has been running through my mind these past few days is the BERSIH Rally that was held on November 10 ( Just last week Saturday ).

The rally was held to demand for a Free and Fair elections what they requested for was :

1. Use of indelible ink to prevent multiple voting.
2. To remove phantom voters and those who have died from the electoral roll.
3. The abolishment of domestic postal voting.
4. Equal and fair access to the press.

And their genius plan was to have a peaceful march from Dataran Merdeka till the Royal Palace and there they would pass a memorandum to our King and with hopes that he would make all the bad things go away . Right .

And as a show of solidarity between the marchers they would all be decked in Yellow, which is as you know our royal colour, and its deemed an insult to the king if you use that color at the same place where he is . Great idea , insult the person ur supposed to ask help from .

BERSIH started out as the Joint Action Committee for Electoral Reform, which was formed in July 2005, and the coalition’s objective was to push for a thorough reform of the electoral process in Malaysia. It consist of opposition parties and NGO's.

There was a big drama on the events leading up to the rally, during the rally and the aftermath . For starters the organizers was denied by the police a permit for the rally .

The Days leading up to the rally the Prime Minister stated :

“The police have said no, yet they still want to proceed. In that case, surely something bad is going to happen,” said Abdullah during his presidential winding-up speech at the end of the Umno general assembly today.

And the City police chief Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib Baharudin also warned them that :

"We will take whatever action necessary to disperse or arrest those involved in the illegal assembly."

He warned also that those charged with taking part in the illegal assembly face fines of between RM2,000 and RM10,000, or jailed not more than a year, or both.

Yet the people on the internet were not deterred and told of 4 alternative meeting points should their original plan be foiled , the original plan being the walk-walk-walk- shout-shout-shout-pass-letter-to-Sultan-come-back .Well on the day of the rally people despite the threats by the authorities came to -flood the city in yellow- .

Taken from Malaysiakini.com

The drama ensured as follows :

2.10pm: The police fire chemical laced water cannons at 1,000 protesters in Masjid Jamek, near the LRT station. The attempt by the police to disperse the crowd was without any prior warning. Riot police are in formation outside the mosque. Another 500 protesters are inside Masjid India nearby. It begins raining.

2.25pm: Crowd has increased to 2,000 in Masjid Jamek area. Water cannon fired several times. Crowd inside Masjid India and a bank opposite the mosque were hit. Protesters are seeking refuge inside the mosque and Masjid Jamek LRT station.

2.35pm: About 500 protesters to march from Pasar Seni towards Dataran Merdeka in heavy rain followed by 100 riot police. The group is led by Bersih leader Tian Chua, accompanied with shouts of Daulat Tuanku (Long live the King).

2.39pm: The police in Masjid Jamek area begin firing several canisters of tear gas at the crowd in addition to discharging chemical-laced water. At least, four rounds of tear gas have been fired.

2.40pm: The 500 Pasar Seni marchers are met by 100 riot police about 50 metres from Dataran Merdeka. There are minor clashes but police have formed two lines of barricades, resulting in a stand-off.

2.45pm: The police have taken over the road outside Masjid Jamek after firing about a dozen rounds of tear gas. Many of the protesters move away from the area. Most of them have linked up with the crowd in Sogo department store.

2.50pm: 10,000 who are at the Masjid Negara have begun marching to Istana Negara. They split into two groups using two different routes. Rain stops.

3pm: The crowd, now grown to about 40,000, reached about 300 metres from Istana Negara. PAS president Hadi Awang is leading them. Former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim is due to arrive. There are people stretching over half a kilometre along the highway.

3.12pm: There is a stand-off between the 40,000 crowd and 150 riot police -backed by water cannon trucks - about 200 meters from Istana Negara. Three police helicopters are hovering above.

About 5,000 protesters are marching from Sogo department store towards Istana Negara. They are currently in Jalan Raja Laut near Pertama Complex. The 500 from Pasir Seni have broken away from the stand-off with riot police near Dataran Merdeka, leaving the square completely quiet.

3.20pm: A Bersih delegation, which include Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang from DAP and PAS president Hadi Awang, is waiting about 100 metres outside the Istana Negara. The 40,000 protesters are on the highway and are being held back by riot police 200 metres from the palace.

3.30pm: Seven members of Bersih will be allowed to go to the gate of Istana Negara to hand in the memorandum calling for the King's intervention in instituting poll reforms. The delegation is waiting for ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim to arrive. He was caught in the traffic jam and will now travel by motorbike.

3.40pm: Another few thousand of protesters, mostly from Masjid Jamek, are marching to join the main crowd in Istana Negara. They are currently in Jalan Maharajalela, near the old KL train station.

Anwar Ibrahim arrives on a motorbike to join Lim Kit Siang and Hadi Awang near Istana Negara. He and Hadi Awang give a short speech and are getting ready to move to the palace gate.

4pm: The Bersih delegation led by Anwar Ibrahim handed the memorandum to the King's representative at the gate of the Istana Negara. Anwar is accompanied by PAS' Hadi Awang and Nasharuddin Mat Isa and DAP's Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng. The organisers are asking the 40,000-strong crowd to disperse. Nasharuddin describes the event as a resounding success.

Taken from Malaysiakini.com

Well thats how it all went down . According to published reports 29 individuals were arrested and 24 released so far.

We even made international news , with news agencies like CNN , Reuters and Al-Jazeera covering the story showing images of the march with the army blasting the people with their water cannon and many yellow people running in terror .

THINK , Digi Advertisement ….. only with water cannons . Honestly they portrayed us as if “Malaysia is the new Myanmar” Next thing you know they’d be printing those “Save Malaysia” t-shirts .

Al-Jazeera in a good show of balanced reporting interviewed both sides involved regarding the story, the person heading the rally Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim (who as you can see came in true Tamil Movie Hero style by motobike at the very last second before the memorandum was handed because he was…..caught in traffice ) and our dear Information Minister whose interview you can see being circulated on the web , I have one thing to say to you this you got to see , check it out on you tube or kennysia.com .

Half way through the interview he wildly accuses Al-Jazeera for projecting Malaysia as an Undemocratic country in their report and then shouts why are they busy interviewing members from the opposition party and not people from the government .

Urm sir two things , you don’t give a permit for a PEACE rally and when asked why was the rally banned you reply “Because its Illegal” as if that answer is self explanatory .

And two sir , if you say Al-Jazeera is not interviewing people from the government , who are you ? where are you from ?

....and yes that was the INFORMATION passed by Malaysia’s INFORMATION Minister to the International Press regarding the event.

Commenting on the aftermath of the rally , the local media wrote in the newspaper as if 5 people came walked around got bored then left =) Their was also the extreme side of things when according to Malaysiakini reports , 50,000 over people came . Well 5 or 50 000 same difference right ? only in Malaysia ….

According to SUHAKAM which stands for Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Malaysia , our very own Human Rights Commission of Malaysia that was established by the Malaysian Parliament using the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, Act 597.

I hope I’ve brought to your attention that these are the people who are protecting the HUMAN RIGHTS of MALAYSIANS . Well the commissioner of SUHAKAM, Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam stated to the press :

Siva Subraminiam was at the rally in the city centre to monitor police conduct. He found that police did not use violence to control the crowds.

"I saw that the police did not even use their batons to disperse the crowd. So if there is any allegation of police brutality, it would not be true. "If there were, reports would have been lodged with Suha-kam. The police have acted professionally on the matter."

Taken from Malaysiakini.com

A picture says a thousand words don't you think.

And i supposed those were not batons but Lollipop sticks . Well I don’t know about you but I’m sure sleeping well at night knowing these people are protecting my Human Rights .

However what saddened and sickened me the most about the whole march is when i saw that there were kids at this march . How can any parent risk a young child's safety by bringing them to an illegal march when they were warned beforehand that action will be taken if the attended that rally . If a grown up wanted to attend this fully knowing the consequences if they attended it , yet willing to risk it all to fight for the cause which their fighting for its their wish . However when you bring a child who is so young who probably wouldn't even know the meaning of the rally and exposing them this kind of danger i just think that is just Wrong .

Taken from malaysiakini.com

Despite whatever you are fighting for children should never be caught in the crossfire

Was 10 of November a day of change or was it just another ordinary day ? That is one vote only you can make.

" Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame"

Laurence J. Peter
US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)


sang said...

Wow i'm impressed.....Very well put into perspective about what happened,keep on writting coz it's definately ur passion...love ya lots

p/s....get ma and dad to read it too

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Sarnan said...

Mala, that was an excellent post :D. Timestamping is awesome. Well i think the SUHAKAM guy, sivasubramaniam is actually working for someone/something else and not for the Human Rights Organization, for his comments about the police violence has preety much all the definition of "UNDERSTATEMENT" and "LAMER" written all over it!. Today is another important date to be marked in the calender isn't it, the 25th of November, when HINDRAF rally participants will be facing the trecherous path to the "British High Commision". Sounds like LOTR man!
Anyway, I totally agree with your point, kids/ children should not be caught in between these sort of crossfires between adults. It will effect them mentally for sure, be it short term/long run! I sincerely believe that we do not have proper "Human Rights" in our own country. I think i have more rights here, in the land down under :P. MIS, i support thee!
Water laced with chemicals, lollipop batons, and tear gas. What's next in line? Dart guns?! ooo ooo Tazzer!! LOL!
Our country's paper is being watched. I love the fact that the common newspapers, which i am very sure is available to everyone in the country reports fake news, that are usually understated or exxagerated to better suit the right winged government, which will definately help them to rule on then.sighs..... And our Minister of Information, i think he is a tad bit "UNDERINFORMED"! or maybe he is trying to venture out and spread out information to citizens of our country with a little bit of "Stupid" and "Crazy" in it ;P
(No pun on any parties and readers should always be open to think what they are reading through!)