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Pics from Protes July 8, 2008

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Photo credit: C Nicholas

Carburetor! July 7, 2008

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I had stepped out to escape the blazing sun on the stage of the Kelana Jaya Stadium and was trying to cool off with some icy drink when I heard some folksy tunes which was rather pleasant, to which I thought to myself, “Ahhh… finally some decent music during a rally…”. I only sat up when more excellent hardcore riffs drifted near the lake, to which i thought to myself,”Yeah!”

It was only much later I found out the godfather of Malaysian underground music, Joe Kidd, Bullet and the rest of Carburetor Dung graced our protest (and this time, not as protestors) and are now subjects of a media witch-hunt in light of having nothing better to report on. Let it rest, guys. It was a misunderstanding.

For the record, back in 2004 I was very honoured to have played with Joe and Bullet in a one-off experimental set, even sang and massacred a song with my non-existent vocal abilities – I think Joe forgot the lyrics or something so I had make up for the grinding and screeching. I recall the audience being stunned to silence. Then again, how many people in Malaysia can claim that they had shared a stage with members of CD? 😀

So after a couple of media calls this morning, I decided to state some of my thoughts on this whole issue so that I don’t have to repeat them:- (more…)

Red power July 6, 2008

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Nope. I am *not* on strike unlike some bloggers; I don’t fancy being an ostrich when the calling is to elucidate, not obfuscate, more so if one claims to be a writer.

A Thomas Paine quote put up originally by Nik Nazmi:-

These are the times that try men’s souls… Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

So no boycotting but have been busy. In between functions and meetings, I’d been chasing the spectre of ‘army trucks’ since yesterday.

Heard from a few people who in turn heard from some other f’lers there were army trucks la at Sentral la, Kelana Jaya stadium la, Padang Timur la, outside their house oso got. So off we went, the non-ostriches. But when we got to those sights, nada, zero, nothing.

I’m guessing this was just another red herring, to frighten people from turning up or coming out of their homes; park a truck, take ’em pics and send ’em home. I am so sending those ‘informants’ my petrol bill. 😐

Meanwhile today, one could be mistaken there’s a Liverpool, Man U match going on. The crowd started moving in at 10 am. Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is scheduled to be at the Kelana Jaya Stadium at 5 pm. I heard MB Kelatan Nik Aziz too will be there. Anwar Ibrahim will set the stage ablaze at 9 pm.

So if you’re still at home reading this, it’s not too late to grab your red shirt, red cap, red scarf, red vest, red tudung and mari mari ke stadium!

No to price hike, No to economic mismanagement, Yes to people’s power!

(See what you’re missing here!)

Why Najib should sue Bala July 4, 2008

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If Bala had erred in his statutory declaration, Najib Razak should have instructed his lawyers to sue him, instead of getting him to take out all references pertaining to the latter.

Or maybe it was just easier, since Bala was summoned to the Brickfields Police Station right after his press conference, that a phone call between friends can kow-tim without parting with hard-earned commissions to lawyers?

This is better than kancheong kitchen!

* The Protest Against Fuel Price Hike on Sunday has moved to Kelana Jaya Stadium. Specially for those weak-kneed-at-sight-of-boys-in-blue-n-fatigues liberals who can now rally in style and under shade. No A&W snacks though.

Saturday’s protest against price hikes January 27, 2008

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Video on Saturday’s protest against price hike January 26, 2008

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[YouTube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuysxjsP7Q”%5DToday’s protest against pending price hike in petrol and other essential goods and services.

(Thanks MediaRakyat:)) 

Some 55 persons were recorded to have been arrested; 10 of them women, 3 senior citizens, 1 lawyer and 2 journalists. 

Photos in next post.