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Friday, April 27, 2012

Email forward: Dataran Merdeka locked down but BERSIH 3.0 will continue

Although the participants may not actually reach Dataran Merdeka itself, the participants will try to get as near as possible peacefully:

From an email message forwarded:

The latest is the authorities have not only cordonned off Dataran Merdeka (Independence Squqre), they have started using helicopters to patrol the skies around that area.

Also received an email from Vancouver. They have already started. So we have Malaysians and friends of Malaysia in more than 70 cities around the world who are supporting this rally and its cause. By tomorrow, Bersih 3.0 will be officially a national and an international

Despite the provblems we have here in KL, the Rakyat is determined to participate. They will peaceably protest and demand free and fair elections. Even if the Rakyat cannot get onto Dataran, they can swarm and surround it.

The Rakyat is realistic. They expect the ruling party government will have their thugs in place and they can all expect those fellas to do their best to destabilize a peaceful rally and to cause an incident if given the opportunity.

At Bersih 2.0 they sent in their UMNO Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin with a bunch of apparently hired "Patriots" who unsuccessfully tried to stir up trouble. Yes, irt appeared they then sent their very best, brash UMNO youth leader who can slither and turn and talk anyone to death, their very own Transformer - an elitist Oxford debating team type who can tear anything and anyone apart yet have no substance to offer. At Bersih 20.0, this same character's photo showed up looking like a Mat Rempit bad boy type from Kampung Oxfoot. Rakyat power was too strong and he beat a hasty retreat. (Note: My observations about this public personality are mine solely and is based on how he has projected himself through the media and debates; nothing personal; just observations which any member of the public can have just sharing - so please be careful who you send this email to).

Everyone, just please be vigilant, peaceful and calm even in the face of ugly thuggery and the police with all their 'finery'.

Malaysia is one of the very few countries in the world where the police machinery reports to the ruling government. Elsewhere in the world, those in power come and go but the police as with the civil service remains neutral carrying out their duty which is to protect and safeguard the lawful public. Hope for the best.

C u all there tomorrow.

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