The 1st salvo to support Bersih was fired by a Miri women PKR leader who got arrested for wearing a Bersih t-shirt on a plane. Then Sibu’s lone ranger dare-devil activist Hee Chong Fatt did a 1-man protest with a big pro-Bersih poster along Sibu’s busy street-he got away with just a police’s invite for a talk-but no arrest. Earlier the Sibu police disclosed that they received intelligence that there would be widespread protest on Bersih in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, and Miri! In anycase the major Opposition parties are already declaring their plans for July 9th:
Archive for July 7th, 2011
Invitation to all members of the public to attend a forum for dialogue between over 20 visiting Sarawak community activists from all over Sarawak and West Malaysians!
Date: July 8th (Friday)
Speakers: Baru Bian, Assmblyman from Ba’ Kelalan, PKR Sarawak’s chief, land/human rights lawyer
See Chee How, Assemblyman of Batu Lintang, land/human rights lawyer
Ong BK, MEO-Net coordinator
Over 20 Sarawakian community activists from towns and interior areas.
Press Statement: 7 July 2011
BERSIH 2.0 Gathering will continue at Stadium Merdeka, despite ban on 91 individuals
BERSIH 2.0 is disappointed with the decision by the authorities to ban 91 individuals, including leaders of BERSIH 2.0, civil society and political parties, from being physically present in certain parts of Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 2011. This constitutes an unwarranted denial of their freedom of movement. The powers that be seem to have forgotten that our capital city, like the rest of our beloved country, belongs to all the rakyat, and not to the government.
Najib’s intention to stop Bersih’s rally almost succeeded if we look at the train of events: he declared from the onset that he want the Bersih rally stopped. When the Bersih organisers defied that wish from him he back down and ask Bersih organiser to do it in a stadium. Yet the Bersih organisers refused. Then he get the King to make the request which put the Bersih organisers in a difficult position to refuse, which can be taken to mean defying the king! The Bersih organisers agreed to move it to a stadium, at a high cost of taking the rally outside the public’s view! In a close-up stadium the rally will be seen only among the attendants-but a street rally will be seen by 100 times more than the attendants!
What do the police do to prepare for the mass arrests on Sat or even before? They did a joint exercise with the army and then there is a news that they did a mock exercise of dealing with public attacking them with plastic bottles and shoes in KK!
So we will see who get better training to serve the public-the police who trained with a hostile public or lawyers who train to mitigate injustices!
Press Statement: 7 July 2011
BERSIH 2.0: PM Najib Razak must intervene for Stadium Merdeka
BERSIH 2.0 met with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar today. BERSIH 2.0 reiterated our intention to hold the Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 at Stadium Merdeka. BERSIH 2.0, amongst other things, also called for the unconditional release of all those who are detained in connection with BERSIH 2.0 and for the police to stop the on going harassment of BERSIH 2.0 supporters.
During the meeting, it was agreed that BERSIH 2.0 will first apply again to the Merdeka Heritage Trust for the premises and we will then apply through one of our member organisations for a permit.
|Malaysia: A Police State|
|Thursday, 07 July 2011 02:17pm|
Contributed by Tommy Thomas
Death Threats. Bomb Threats. Warning on Revocation of Citizenship. Preventive detention. Arrest of hundreds for wearing Yellow T-Shirts. Banning of Organisations. Prohibition of Peaceful Marches.
Is one describing Burma? Or Zimbabwe? No, this is Malaysia in July 2011, in its 54th year of independence. Has paranoia gripped the decision-making elite in Kuala Lumpur? But for its grave repercussions, one would have to laugh at the disproportionate overreaction and incompetence of government agencies in recent weeks. Has Malaysia become a police state, with no place for the Rule of Law? So what is the problem that has attracted the ugly, heavy hand of the Executive. It is only a call by ordinary voices for electoral reform so that future elections are conducted freely and fairly, that is, on a level playing field, with no political party or candidate having an in-built advantage over its rival parties and candidates, very much, like all runners in a 100 metres race starting at the same point with the same distance to run. Is that not a laudable objective that should receive the support of everyone who truly believes in the democratic process?
Order against 91 should not have been obtained in ‘secret’ and without those affected given the right to be heard…
Reports of Suspension of Key Services Ahead of July 9th
Bersih 2.0 urges the Federal Government not to suspend multiple public services this weekend in a futile attempt to stop the BERSIH 2.0 Rally at Merdeka Stadium.
BERSIH 2.0 is alarmed by intelligence that there might be a full or partial clampdown on the internet as we approach this weekend.