The battle for Dataran Merdeka begins
The third BERSIH rally today begins in earnest with participants from all over the country flocking to Kuala Lumpur to demonstrate for clean and fair elections as the government takes on a conservative view, preparing to fortify and defend Dataran Merdeka from demonstrators.
Authorities and the Kuala Lumpur city hall have warned all participants to stay away from Dataran Merdeka. Initial reports say that the government has denied access to several major roads leading into the city, particularly within the Dataran Merdeka area. Barbed wire has been deployed as well as barricades and other means to block demonstrators from arriving at Dataran Merdeka.
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When you are clean & not guilty of any wrong doings, coverups, election riggings etc etc etc., whether it is Bersih or Kotor, wants to use Dataran Merdeka to voice out their concerns & or any other matters concerning the welfare of the Malaysian Rakyat, why do you need to block, barb-wired & put unnecesarry wastage of manpower to man the Dataran & make it looks like a WAR ZONE?
If BERSIH 3 just wants a sit-in for 2 hours in the Dataran Merdeka, just let them go ahead instead of incurring ALL the unnecessary streets battles, a police car ploughing through the demo who were NOT allowed to sit-in the Dataran Merdeka in the first place & got bashed up & then plough into the crowd on the sidewalk & then car got further bashing & damaged , wastage of tear gas, coloured water, manpower etc etc(all these are expenses are from the Rakyat's coffers).
It was the Authority(if there was any at all), who screwed-up the whole matter, putting fears into the general public of unrest, disorders, etc, etc. especially in Kuala Lumpur.
What about Malacca, Johor Bahru, Muar etc etc? What happened? Did any police or police vehicles got bashed-up or damaged?
It is time the ruling political party especially the UMNO goons stop putting fears in to the multi racial Malaysian Rakyats & stop ALL their crooked, corrupted & any form of rigging in the coming GE. Is there the need to clean-up the latest addition of new voters - are they truly Malaysian or just converted from the dumps? The recent accusation of mass issuance of new
ICs to foreigners throughout the whole of West & East Malaysia, what has been done to provide proof that there was no such evil motives being done during the mass registration of foreign workers?
Always remember, People can be fooled once, twice BUT not thrice!
So BARISAN, if you want to stay relevant & honest, it time to change for the better.
There were many ill informed writers who due to their lack of courage started to write nonsensical
commends. I am a 66 years old man who took the trouble to see for myself the real situation in such
rally. Firstly, there is no racial division. Younger adults from all races offer their seats to senior citizens like me. I am deeply touched by this gesture.
Secondly, there was orderliness. The atmosphere was one that of harmony and cordiality. To Mr or Miss world watching, what riot are you talking about? Sad to say that you must have been misinformed.
Thirdly, Mr/Miss care 173, please do not assume to many things. Be there to witness for yourself before you write something out of your imagination. People like us who attended the rally are not like the ones paid by the ruling coalition to create chaos, but to prove a point that we are not blinded by the type of propaganda as dished out the government controlled media.
Rubbish was never thrown all over the place. There were some but were soon picked up by a group of Lynas supporters. They carried big plastic bags doing their parts to keep the place clean.
I truly admire them, because by their actions, people responsed by not throwing or just put their empty bottles into such bags.
Lastly, eateries and roadside vendors seemed to be very happy with our presence, because it was a roaring bussiness for them. And despite the crowd gathering around them, they were able to serve us with a smile.
My impression of such an event is that of an awakening for the Malaysian people to realise that we are all loveable people, people who accept one another of different races, people who truly care for one another, and not the type of bull sh.. as dished by the the so-called ruling bumiputra.
gbear13 you are nothing but just another !diot that is narrow minded and only looking at our present situation. It is either that you are blind or so stupid to not realize that our current goverment is filthy corrupted and is hindering the progress of our country, as well as the wellfare of the citizens of Malaysia. You are not looking ahead to even imagine how much more our country can advance in all aspects including technology, citizen wellfare and infrastructure. By the way, the protestors are only doing their part in voicing out their feelings and only got violent when the PDRM drew first blood. In fact i salute the protestors for having the guts to protest for the greater good of all, so, if you don't have the balls to do so, atleast shut your f*^&*ing mouth when others are doing you and many more a favour instead of critisizing them, sitting in your chair, whinning about how its bad for business and tourist, look ahead 10 yrs lah for f^&*k sake...
If and when Pakatan Rakyat takes over Putrajaya, this day 4.28 should be celebrated on a national scale.
@Yang Ambil Berat: FYI, they are covering their faces because it is used to protect their breathing when the ruthless police fire tear gas out of "sesuka hati". Understand, before you call people coward and stupid. Why did you not query of why the police shot the tear gas?
If you were so "berani kerana benar", don't hide behind that pseudonym.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHICH PARTY SHOULD WE VOTE FOR, THIS IS ABOUT BASIC RIGHT TO VOTE AS A MALAYSIAN CITIZEN.
The supporters for BERSIH is enormous. So proud to see rakyat who wants to fight for righteousness and life. Never seen so big number for gathering. Even Merdeka day celebration is far from it. My heart swells......
But what if the election results shows "dirty" what can the rakyat do?????? The support for BERSIH is obvious and yet......
Even Najib can judge BERSIH guilty for disrupting the country's peace. Can imagine whatelse he can do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What happen to justice and human rights?
As a Malaysian, I don't care who is right or who is wrong, I only pray and hope that our future and our future generations will have a good n better future, and peacefully, continue living in Malaysia.
I believe we all just want to be faithful to Malaysia and, in return, hope that all the Malaysian leaders will also be honest n faithful in all their responsibilities .........
My admiration for all those young people who were there today...in the hot afternoon with a smile. you are the brave rakyat.....dont let any fool tell you otherwise fot they have never tasted courage as you have and will never know what it is. They claim to be rakyat but have no love for this country or how can they let her die in corruption....they are so selfish..as long as they can rob her they are happy.
Where is DEMOCRACY now, ? If you are clean just be brave and allow them to voice out their concerns.
@ ALL 4 1 Msia
Because I am Malaysian I am fighting for our right. Nothing about grateful or ungrateful.
What leaders losing grip? Name one Bersih leader who actually hold a post as MP, state assemblymen etc? Your comments are not base on facts at all. where you get the idea they are not registered voters? you have prove? And your comments just show how little you know about Bersih. Bersih is for electoral reforms so of course takes place before elction. not after election. What is the use rallying for an election that is already past. FYI BErsih took place in 2007 also, before Election. Why only take pot shots at 2 and 3? because it suits your logic?
Which leader are you referring to as dirty? Anwar? He is not even part of Bersih. Just a politcal party leader and the court case is still going on. I didn't know that some one is guilty until proven innocent. If that is the case, then you are a drug dealer,flasher, bank robber, a terrorist who plots to bomb the parliament etc. Not so nice when it is the other way round right? And since you can't prove me wrong, then you must be all the above. You can say Anwar hijack the movement but there is no rule that say if you are a member of politics you cannot march there. Did Bersih say other political party cannot join? Did they?
As far as i know those popular people/ leaders in Bersih are very much cleaner than the members of Political party that did not join. To name a few: Ambiga, Haris Ibrahim, Dato A Samad Said,... etc