Archive for August, 2012

31
Aug
12

Despite ban, yellow shirts swamp Dataran (Video)

31
Aug
12

Janji Demokrasi in Pictures 2

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Janji Demokrasi

(source: Malaysiakini)

31
Aug
12

Thousands attend Janji Demokrasi countdown despite police ban

UPDATED Thousands of Malaysians defied a police ban to attend a countdown to the nation’s 55th Merdeka or Independence Day, proving once again that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s BN government could no longer hope to rely on authoritarian and violent crackdowns to cling to power.

The Janji Demokrasi (Promised Democracy) event planned for Thursday had been banned at the 11th hour by the police. Organized by Gabungan Janji, a coalition of 47 NGOs, sister-countdowns were also held at various states and cities around the world, with overseas Malaysians keen to join in the celebrations. Malaysia celebrates its Independence Day anniversary on Friday, August 31.

“This is a real show of love for the country. If not for the drizzle, the crowd would have been even bigger, so who says Malaysians are not patriotic? They love the country and without wishing to politicize the event, I think it is clear they know BN is bad news and must be removed from power,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“You can feel the sense of unity of purpose tonight. This is a people uprising Malaysian style. It is very peaceful but it is a revolt no less, BN has lost the hearts and minds of the Rakyat.”

Sea of yellow: HIDUP RAKYAT!

Together with colleague Fuziah Salleh, the PKR MP for Kuantan, Tian had joined the crowd that thronged the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

Blowing vuvuzelas, Malaysians from all walks of life had slowly trickled in hours before the 11pm start of the countdown in the historic square where Independence Day was declared 5 decades ago.

Most of those who came wore yellow to show their support for free and fair elections as requested by the organizers, who also distributed yellow flowers to the attendees.

“It was a good showdown. Hidup Rakyat! Merdeka Rakyat!” said Fuziah.

Earlier this afternoon, there was dismay after the police declared the event as illegal and warned Malaysians not to attend. However, given the past experiences with the Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 rallies, where the police had brutally attacked the crowd, few Malaysians were really surprised by the latest autocratic announcement.

“We did not expect this but we can’t really say we are surprised either. We are just shocked at how silly the police and Prime Minister Najib Razak are making themselves over this issue of public demonstrations. It goes totally against Najib’s own promise of greater freedom to peaceful assembly and confirms yet again what a sham the government of the day has become in Malaysia,” PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

Too late, thousands still came despite ban


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TIME’S UP FOR BN: Thousands attend Janji Demokrasi countdown despite police ban
31 August 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle

31
Aug
12

Janji Demokrasi: 10,000 near Dataran Merdeka

About 10,000 people gathered near Pasar Seni and Dataran Merdeka to remind the government of its unfulfilled promises.

UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR: About 10,000 people gathered peacefully near Dataran Merdeka tonight where the Janji Demokrasi coalition and supporters of Save Jalan Sultan converged to remind the government of its unfulfilled promises.

While the Janji Demokrasi coalition wants electoral reform, the Save Jalan Sultan group is opposing the construction of the MRT. The crowd started gathering as early 9.30pm.

There was an air of fiesta despite police presence and Dataran Merdeka itself was cordoned off to facilitate the official Merdeka celebration tomorrow morning.

PAS deputy president Mat Sabu’s presence was greeted with cheers from the crowd. Also seen in the crowd was PKR vice-president and Batu MP Tian Chua.

National Laureate A Samad Said also arrived along with Empower executive director Maria Chin Abdullah – both also being the steering committee members of Bersih. Samad was expected to read out a poem before the gathering was officially called to an end just past midnight.

Earlier, more than 2,000 people from the Save Jalan Sultan group gathered at the Gospel Hall along Jalan Hang Jebat to protest the construction of the My Rapid Transit (MRT) line.

The crowd started congregating at around 8pm with many of them clad in yellow Bersih T-shirts. They demanded the government and the MRT project to stay away from the Jalan Sultan area.

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Janji Demokrasi: 10,000 near Dataran Merdeka
August 30, 2012

31
Aug
12

Janji Demokrasi in Pictures

Janji Demokrasi
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Janji Demokrasi
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Janji Demokrasi
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Janji Demokrasi
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30
Aug
12

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30
Aug
12

Janji Demokrasi says ‘Go yellow, go anywhere’

We won’t enter Dataran, says Janji Demokrasi organisers, after the gathering was declared illegal.

PETALING JAYA: Hours away from the Merdeka Day countdown celebrations, the organisers of the Janji Demokrasi gathering have received a stern police warning: don’t gather at Dataran Merdeka, it is illegal.

Gabungan Janji (Coalition of Promises) representative Hishamuddin Rais said, however, that this would not deter them from their mission to gather.

“Right, we’ll not break the law and won’t enter Dataran. But we can be everywhere, as near as possible, probably in Pasar Seni, wherever the nearest. We’ll be in Chinatown first,” he told FMT.

He urged all citizens that are attending to celebrate “anywhere and wherever”, as long as they wore yellow.

Hishamuddin said that his fellow committee member Maria Chin Abdullah received a notice from the Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad stating that the gathering goes against the laws, based on the following reasons:

Failure to provide notice to the Dang Wangi police chief under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA);

Failure to obtain permission from the owner of the place of gathering under Section 11 of the PAA; and

Will disrupt preparations made for Merdeka Day celebrations tomorrow.

When contacted, Zainuddin told FMT that he did not mean that Dataran Merdeka was “out of bounds”.

“But they need permission from City Hall. Let’s say, I want to stab you, if I didn’t, I would not have committed an offence, but if I did, then it is a wrong act. So if they go, it would be an offence, no?”

‘That’s strange’

Hishamuddin said that the group “had not realised that we needed to ask police permission to celebrate independence day. That is strange”.

However, he said that the group “will not be confrontational”.

Janji Demokrasi is organised by a group of close to 50 non-governmental organisations. The gathering will be held between 11pm and 12am.

Although the main gathering will be held at the iconic Dataran Merdeka, there will be simultaneous gatherings in other states, including Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor. The organisers have disallowed banners, placards, and sound systems, but have urged participants to wear yellow.

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Janji Demokrasi says ‘Go yellow, go anywhere’
August 30, 2012 – FMT




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