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1 million against petrol price hike June 25, 2008

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Word is there may be another hike before Budget this year!!???!!

6 July 2008 | 9 am | Amcorp Mall
Be part of this historic protest!

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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.

Take action on Saturday 26th Jan! January 25, 2008

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11 am
“Save Bukit Gasing” Residents Hearing
Venue: Community Hall, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah (opposite Petronas)

3 pm
Protest against Price Hike of Petrol, Toll, Food, EVERYTHING!
Venue: KLCC, Petronas side

Readings: Malaysia’s Prague Spring? December 8, 2007

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Malaysia’s Prague Spring?
Asian Analysis, ASEAN Focus Group 

In the past month, two massive rallies calling for political change were held in Kuala Lumpur. In any democracies, this would be quite normal but in Malaysia, rallies are the purview of the ruling National Front (BN), carefully staged to show support to the government or the ruling UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) party. The police often deny a permit for opposition parties to hold outdoor demonstrations or rallies. These two rallies were different; they were organised by NGOs, albeit with support from opposition parties.

The first rally, on 10 November, was organised by BERSIH (Malay for clean), a coalition of NGOs and opposition parties calling for “clean” elections. Under the existing electoral system, through indirect control of the Electoral Commission, ethnic mobilisation, money politics, manipulation of the electoral roll, gerrymandering, postal votes, double voting, mass media control and others, the BN has won every election since independence. The standing joke in Malaysia is that BN wins the election before the first vote is cast, the only question is the margin of victory. BERSIH wants electoral reform in all the areas mentioned above. To the surprise of many, more than 40,000 BERSIH supporters in yellow t-shirts came out despite public warnings from the Prime Minister and the Police that the rally was illegal and those who take part will be arrested. The police attempted to lock-down downtown KL but failed. In some areas, the police used tear gas and water cannons laced with chemicals to clear the streets. Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Hadi Haji Awang, leaders of the three main opposition parties – National Justice Party (PKR) , Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Islam (PAS) respectively – managed to evade the police and lead thousands to hand over the BERSIH memorandum on electoral reform to a representative of the royal palace.

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Bar declines, but lawyers will march on :) December 7, 2007

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fight4freedom.jpg“WE WILL MARCH ON SUNDAY!” says “Lawyers for Freedom of Assembly”.

“I write solely to declare that lawyers who are determined to defend the freedom to peacefully assemble will nevertheless march on Sunday Dec 9 at 7.30am from Sogo to Central Market in commemoration of Human Rights Day.

We will march for the following reasons :

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Another gem of an interview from BN November 26, 2007

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[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlWmafBG1Mo”%5D Just when we thought we were in the clear (Minister ka-Zam apparently is abroad) – re: statements that embarrass our country internationally – here’s another GEM from a BN MP from Cameron Highlands on al-Jazeera.My favourite line, apart from “Hello? Hello?”, was:- 

50 years of nationhood has been great”    

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Info on HINDRAF Rally November 24, 2007

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Forget about what that police fella said. Blah, blah blah.

If you’re sick of reading about yet another Indian temple being smashed, sick of seeing Indian plantation workers and their families forced out from their workplace and homes, sick of seeing how Samy Vellu and MIC plunder and enslave those they profess to represent, sick of Umno Youth antics, and sick of this recalcitrant evil Empire also known as Barisan Nasional, then stand up and be counted on Sunday.

If you’re bored with brainless reactionary liberals, recycling the state’s rationale against the rally and silencing a most marginalised community ironically, while hoisting the banner of multiculturalism, please go read Nat Tan’s “Why I will walk This Sunday“.

Presentation of 100,000 signatures to Queen Elizabeth II at the British High Commission

Venue : British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur.

Date: 25.11.2007 (Sunday)

Time: 10.00a.m to 12.00p.m