Sat, 12 Jan 2013 04:02:57 GMT | By AFP; additional notes by Reta Lee, Head of Editorial
PHOTOS: Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat Rally

PHOTOS: Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat Rally



PHOTOS: Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat Rally (© MSN Malaysia)
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Followers of the three-party alliance led by opposition firebrand Anwar Ibrahim streamed through the capital Kuala Lumpur to converge on an iconic stadium where the current ruling bloc declared independence in 1957.

"Our government is so corrupt. The government should listen to us. They need to reform. For more than 50 years they have ruled Malaysia," said rally participant Azlan Abu Bakar, 29, who travelled from the eastern state of Terengganu for the gathering.

Access to the venue was granted by authorities this week, and as the crowds gathered, there was no hint of the violence that marred the country's last major anti-government rally in April.

VIDEO: Inside PDRM's media center at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee

That rally, which demanded reform of an election system that the opposition and other critics say has a pro-government bias, drew tens of thousands to the streets but degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and police.

Authorities were criticised for a response widely seen as heavy-handed.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who heads the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition, must set elections for no later than late June, but speculation of earlier polls is rife.

The ruling coalition has controlled Malaysia since independence from Britain but political observers say it faces its stiffest test yet in the coming polls after a poor showing in 2008.

Najib's ethnic Malay-dominated ruling bloc faces an alliance comprising Anwar's multi-ethnic party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party and a third party dominated by ethnic Chinese.

Muslim Malays make up more 60 percent of Malaysia's 28 million people.

The government derides the opposition as a marriage of convenience incapable of governing, saying Malaysia needs Barisan Nasional's steady hand. It also touts efforts by Najib to spark the economy and reform oppressive laws.

The opposition, however, accuses the government of massive corruption and thuggish rule, and says the country's economy is losing a competitive edge against regional rivals enjoyed in past decades.

Opposition organisers have said the gathering at the 30,000-seat stadium will focus on continued widespread criticism of the electoral system.

Critics says the system is marred by electoral-roll fraud and other pro-government bias, and complain the government has not sufficiently followed through on a pledge by Najib to address the accusations in time for the polls.

The government denies the system is biased.

Click through the thumbnails to view pictures from last night's pre-rally at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, leading up to the procession at Stadium Merdeka as we bring you more updates from our LIVE BLOG.

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The big crowd at the rally is an indication that the rakyat want their issues to be heard. This peacefully gathering also shows that Malaysian are united. No segregation in terms of creed, colour or religion. It's a really good sign. Moving forward is to vote for the right ruling party that can make the nation proud and its rakyat well taken care. It will be the dawn of a new era. We have to live up to the aspirations of our Bapa Malaysia. "Kita Anak Bangsa Malaysia".
Jan 12, 2013 7:29PM
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Voice to the people. We want better governance. We do not want to see the country's resources making one or two corrupt people billionaires from the resources of a country that should be shared through the introduction and opening of equitable jobs to the nation. We want to see the country's wealth distributed amongst the hard working people of this country rather than on the exploitation of the country's resources. We want this government to know we are not serfs or slaves to a taxation system. We want unfair taxes on land, homes and cars reformed and not just a 200 ringgit rebate on smartphones.

 

We want a fairer nation, a fairer government, a fairer country. 55 years of a corrupt lazy government is too much. Its enough. It shouldn't take any government and Najib or whichever head of its organization  this long to realise this. Voice to the people. If you find you cannot afford a house. Voice it. If it takes you more than a year to pay for your car and transport for yourself and your family, voice it. If you find billionaires in this government based on the wealth generated from this country's resources and not their own hard work, voice it. If you want a reformed future for your children in this country, now is your chance to voice it.

Jan 13, 2013 6:23AM
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Enough is enough ! Think to move forward, go extra miles...PEACE :)
Jan 13, 2013 6:42PM
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peaceful rally shows that the participants aren't violent
kudos to both supporter and police force this time.

 

Gov, please be sincere and acknowledge this as well. Not just praising the police force

Jan 13, 2013 9:45PM
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Raayat dah bosan dan fed up dgn mamat, bntipu, crony rasuah kaya, ka****ontrol tol, minyak, gas, gula, pelabihan, telephon, macam2 keperluan macam beras, air, api, lepas tu salahkan bangsa cina, atau india, kristian, gunakan fitnah, tipu dgn tv33, utusann, beritahariaan, apa mereka boleh tipu dan rasuah mereka sapu, wanita lembu 250 juta cukup untuk selesaikan air selangor, kalau nak betul2 kaji, kes rasuah secara lansong dan tak lansong dan juga crony mereka yg ada kuasa lakuan macam samsing, melayu tulin dah cukup untuk ini semua, manakala org yg berdarah arab, yemen, turkey, bugis dan mamak yg kuasa besar dan kayaraya, org yg ikut tu dapat tulang saja, raayat sedar diri, undi yg bersih.
Jan 20, 2013 10:36AM
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Himpunan kebangkitan rakyat is for nothing,just like the children playing the jongkang-jongkit only.The best himpunan is over 50 years ago when UMNO beat the malayan union lead by DATO ONN JAAFAR.If Anwar,Lim guan Eng and Hadi like to be the PM please try the other way cause malaysia is already MERDEKA.Please shows the patriotic ,not just money,money,money.PM is for rakyat not for money.and how to protect the nation merdeka.Before Anwar burned the israel flag at Tambak Johor,when israel PM Yizhak Syamir visit singapore 20 years ago.Can he burn israel flag again today?  Can hadi says  **** to other muslim again today.? Can guan eng says DAP is multi racial party today,and how about malaysian malaysia or shahit cita-cita kami or bebaskan anwar dari tahanan ISA.History never lie but people always forget own history.

Jan 13, 2013 2:17AM
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How come nobody questions Anwar's sincerity when he was the Deputy PM, Education Minister 7 as the Finance Minister. He is equally corrupted.
Jan 14, 2013 4:18AM
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Malaysia population are 28.9 millions. Selangor population are 8.6 millions and KL population are 1.6 million. What big crowd? Only tens of thousand went to the rally.  A tiny fraction of the rakyat only.
Jan 14, 2013 6:58PM
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wanted to add here a sample of new corruption, if you haven't notice yet

 

Westcoast Expressway connecting Banting up to Taiping

 

Initial Project Cost and Length & Years to Collect Toll
7.07 billion at 316km & 60 years

 

Latest Project Cost and Length & Years to collect toll

6 bil at 233km & 50years

 

Meaning each 1 km cost the public 22.37mil per km initially but then INCREASED to 25.75mil per km
By the way, 25mil for 1 km? Is it made of gold?


Now you have shorter highway with bigger cost.

 

Whats more, there 10 years reduction in toll collectiong is bullsyiet because they are allow to add in 10 years if the agreed profit is not achieved

 

The concession agreement was signed between West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd and the government on January 2, 2013.

 

 

Nice to know the gov is boning my behind each day with this kind of project award

Jan 13, 2013 9:19PM
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Yeah, I agree - rally is for Pakatan Rakyat's and PAS' electionering campaign and not for truth in reforms - it unfortunately is the case that many (though not all) of these people don't care about qaulity in inter-cultural relations. They like to be "on top". They're just makin excuses that others are "on top" but in reality they don't care about ironing out inequality but reinforcing it "their way". They don't care about inter-racial harmony. They want to turn the place into one that resembles what we see of America on the TV and/or try and throw it into a situ where you got an oppressive system like in Iran whi**** precisely what we don't need in KL or anywhere else like it! You got two of the most undesirable parties in this coalition - PKR and PAS both of which have very different agendas, none of these agendas will do much good for the country either! The thrid party is probably a side-kick of PKR.
Jan 13, 2013 10:34PM
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Raayat also fed up with PAS and PKR conspiracy to re-produce corruption on a whole new level. Corruption can be seen coming from the PAS influence in local council politics. Everyone knows they were the ones to enforce bans on shops publically bill-boarding 1Malaysia posters not so long ago!
Jan 12, 2013 11:42PM
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Rally is for Pakatan Rakyat pre-election campaign NOT for RAKYAT (People)...
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