Isnin, 3 Ogos 2009

Peserta demo diupah?...Ha...Ha.. Pembohongan dan cerita lawak pagi selasa....ape citer pak rais...nak kena saman ke..????

Oleh ZULKIFLI JALIL

PUTRAJAYA 3 Ogos - Sebahagian individu yang menyertai perhimpunan haram membantah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) di ibu negara, Sabtu lalu dipercayai telah diupah oleh pihak tertentu.

Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim berkata, sumber yang diperoleh pihaknya turut mendapati motif perhimpunan bertujuan mengalihkan perhatian rakyat terhadap beberapa kes mahkamah termasuk kes liwat membabitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

''Anak-anak muda yang mengambil bahagian ini secara sinis mengatakan mereka terima upah untuk berarak. Ini agak mengejutkan pihak penganjur kerana mungkin tidak menyangka rahsia mereka akhirnya bocor juga.

''Motif perhimpunan juga mahu mengalih perhatian rakyat terhadap kes mahkamah tertentu dan ini diperoleh daripada maklum balas yang diperoleh ," katanya ketika dihubungi hari ini.

Perhimpunan haram anjuran Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) itu mengakibatkan orang ramai terperangkap dalam kesesakan jalan raya manakala peniaga menutup premis masing-masing.

Berikutan itu, banyak pihak menuntut tindakan tegas harus dikenakan terhadap dalang di sebalik GMI supaya kejadian tersebut tidak berulang.

Penahanan Sivarasa satu komplot


Ahli Parlimen Subang, R.Sivarasa berkata penahanan ke atas beliau mungkin ada kaitan dengan komplot politik memandangkan beliau adalah salah seorang peguam kes sodomi 2 Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Beliau yang ditemui oleh TV Antara di lobi Mahkamah Sesyen, Jalan Duta berkata beliau yang sepatutnya telah dibebaskan telah ditahan semula atas arahan Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman.
“Tindakan macam ini seperti cuba seksa saya kerana tahu saya adalah salah seorang peguam Datuk Seri. Sebelum ini peguam YB Muzahib ditangkap tapi sudah dibebaskan begitu juga dengan saya. Tapi apakan daya, selepas itu saya ditangkap semula atas arahan khusus dari Bukit Aman. jelas menunjukkan bahawa ini keputusan politik.
“Saya lihat memang berkaitan dengan Anwar Ibrahim. Saya ditahan atas alasan tidak berguna dari segi undang-undang iaitu belum siasat lagi.
Kes liwat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan disambung semula pada 2 September depan. Antara peguam yang mewakili Anwar dalam kes berkenaan adalah Amir Hamzah Arshad, Sankara Nair dan Latefa Koya.

Bapa kesal Polis Langgar Prosedur Tahan Kanak-Kanak Bawah Umur

Bapa kepada tiga tahanan bawah umur berasa kecewa diatas tindakan pihak polis menahan anaknya tanpa mengikut prosedur yang ditetapkan undang-undang.

Kadeni Haji Jamaludin, 51 yang ditemui di lobi Mahkamah Sesyen berkata dengan nada kesal bahawa penangkapan anaknya itu tidak diberitahu oleh mana-mana pihak berkuasa sehingga menyangka anaknya telah hilang.
Beliau berkata sebagai seorang bapa beliau percaya anaknya tidak terlibat dengan mana-mana demontrasi pada 1 Ogos lalu dan menegaskan tindakan polis menahan dan menggari kanak-kanak bawah umur adalah tidak masuk akal.

“Saya yakin anak saya tidak terlibat dengan demontrasi itu kerana mereka mengaji sekolah agama dan datang ke sini bukan atas tujuan menyertai perarakan berkenaan, kalau benar pun, mereka akan pergi dengan saya.
“Saya kesal pihak polis tidak menghubungi waris selepas melakukan penangkapan, malahan mereka juga dikatakan menahan reman anak saya tanpa peguam. Ini adala tidak mengikut prosedur, justeru saya akan cuba buat aduan.

Kadeni bapa kepada Faizuddin Hashim 16, Kamarul Nadir 18, dan Abu Ubaidah Jallaludin 20 merupakan antara 600 orang yang ditangkap kerana didakwa mengambil bahagian dalam perhimpunan berkenaan.

Sementara itu, seorang remaja Ammar Belatif 13 tahun yang turut ditangkap berkata beliau sama sekali tidak terlibat dalam demontrasi berkenaan.

Ujarnya, dia hanya datang ke kompleks Pertama untuk membeli kasut tetapi telah dikepung oleh polis dan terus ditahan secara keras.

“Kami tidak dapat berbuat apa kerana terus ditangkap oleh FRU ke Balai Cheras tunggu sehingga tujuah dan dibawa Balai Polis Petaling dan Bukit Jalil. Kemudian jam 2.30 petang baru dibebaskan.

“Layanan teruk yang kami terima adalah tidak diberi makan di Balai Polis Petaling sehingga peguam datang pada jam 12 pagi hari sabtu itu. Jika peguam itu tidak datang pasti sehingga pagi kami tidak makan.

Demonstrasi: Pakatan mahu anjur himpunan 'besar' uji kata Najib


Mahu mohon adakan perhimpunan lebih besar di Bukit Jalil

PETALING JAYA: Pemimpin-pemimpin kerajaan dan pembangkang berbeza pendapat mengenai kenyataan Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak semalam bahawa kerajaan bersedia untuk mengadakan venue khas bagi membolehkan penunjuk perasaan menyuarakan pandangan tanpa mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan.

Ketika pemimpin-pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) menyifatkannya sebagai perkembangan positif, pembangkang pula mahu Perdana Menteri mengotakan janji beliau.

Ketua Pergerakan Puteri Umno, Datuk Rosnan Abdul Rashid Shirlin menganggap kesediaan kerajaan menyediakan tempat untuk pembangkang mengadakan perhimpunan jelas memperlihatkan ia tidak menyekat kebebasan bersuara rakyat.

"Sejak dari awal lagi kerajaan memang bersikap terbuka kepada semua pihak tidak kira mereka daripada parti politik pembangkang atau pun sebaliknya.

"Apa sahaja yang kerajaan buat tak pernah mereka (Pakatan Rakyat) sokong, mereka hanya tahu menuding jari menyalahkan kerajaan sahaja," katanya kepada mStar Online hari ini.

Rosnah yang juga Ahli Parlimen Papar berkata, pada masa yang sama berharap pembangkang tidak akan mengambil kesempatan dan memanipulasikan isu berkenaan.

"Kita (Puteri) sentiasa menyokong usaha positif seperti ini," katanya.

Kelmarin, Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) mengadakan perhimpunan anti-ISA di ibu negara, yang turut dihadiri pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan selain disertai kira-kira 20,000 orang mendesak kerajaan agar menghapuskan ISA.

KOMEN PEMIMPIN PAKATAN

Bagaimanapun, Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Mahfuz Omar melahirkan pandangan berbeza dalam isu tersebut.

"Saya minta Perdana Menteri (Najib) kotakan apa yang dikata. Beliau (Najib ) dah lepas cakap dan berjanji sedemikian (sediakan stadium)," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut mengenai isu berkenaan, Mahfuz yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena berkata, Pakatan akan mengadakan perhimpunan yang lebih besar daripada yang diadakan Sabtu lalu.

"Kita (Pakatan) akan adakan perhimpunan yang lebih besar selepas ini, kita harap dia (Najib) akan laksanakan apa yang dijanjikannya.

"Kita akan mohon untuk adakan perhimpunan di Bukit Jalil. Kita harap Perdana Menteri akan bagi kelulusan. Jangan beliau (Najib) beri alasan pula ketika itu," katanya.

Ketika ditanya bila perhimpunan terbaru itu akan diadakan, Mahfuz berkata, sekarang bukan masa yang sesuai untuk mengadakan perhimpunan tersebut.

"Kita akan bincangkan mengenainya. Namun sekarang bukan masa yang sesuai untuk adakan perhimpunan kerana kita sudah hampir ke bulan Ramadan dan kita juga akan hadapi pilihan raya kecil (Dewan Undangan Negeri Permatang Pasir) tidak lama lagi.

"Mungkin selepas semua perkara itu selesaikan kita akan adakan perhimpunan itu," katanya.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Pengerusi DAP, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw berkata, kerajaan sepatutnya bersikap adil kepada semua pihak tanpa mengira fahaman politik.

"Mereka (kerajaan) perlu bersikap adil. Kalau perhimpunan itu diadakan secara aman, kerajaan kena bagi ruang mereka berhimpun, jangan disekat dan mereka (kerajaan) perlu beri kebenaran," katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Pengarah Strategi Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Tian Chua berpendapat isu kerajaan menyediakan tempat untuk mengadakan perhimpunan tidak sepatutnya timbul kerana kerajaan tidak boleh mencampuradukkan urusan kerajaan dengan politik.

"Kita tak perlu kerajaan sediakan tempat untuk kita adakan perhimpunan. Mereka (kerajaan) tidak harus campur tangan dalam isu ini.

"Bagi saya apa yang perlu dilakukan ialah pihak polis meluluskan permit yang kita mohon selepas itu mereka (polis) perlu jaga lalu lintas dan keselamatan... itu sudah cukup.

"Polis juga harus bersikap profesional dan tidak boleh mengikut pendirian yang melibatkan kepentingan parti politik tertentu," katanya.

Anwar to sue Muhyiddin, Utusan for RM100m each

By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, August 3 – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today demanded Utusan Malaysia retract its front-page report today calling the Opposition Leader a traitor to the Malays.

He is also seeking an apology from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the remarks made yesterday at the Sri Gading Umno division meeting.

The DPM's remarks was the basis for the Utusan Malaysia story.

“My client has expressed deep revulsion to such an unwarranted proposition that he is a traitor to his race,” Anwar's lawyer Sankara Nair told reporters at his office here.

“This is wholly untrue and absolutely malicious,” he added.

Nair said that he had sent letters of demand to both parties earlier today seeking a retraction and public apology within seven days.

Anwar also demanded damages of RM100 million each from the publisher of Utusan Malaysia and Muhyiddin.

The Umno deputy president reportedly called Anwar the biggest traitor to the struggle of the Malays. He also accussed the PKR leader of spreading lies in an attempt to discredit Umno for its stand in defending the special rights of the Malays and the monarchy.

“He was a deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president like me today, but now he is trying to fool us to ruin our struggle,” Muhyiddin was quoted as saying by the Umno-owned daily.

He also questioned Anwar's sincerity for not raising the matter when he was in power.

“There is no problem with criticising us, because we are not perfect, but I cannot accept it if the opposition insults or shows disrespect to the Malays,” said Muhyiddin.

Umno leaders and the stable of newspapers under its control has consistently played the race card in an attempt to shore up support among the Malays.

The lynchpin of the Barisan Nasional (BN) has campaigned hard for Malay unity talks with PAS in a move to drive a wedge between PAS and its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners.

SUHAKAM Selar Cara Polis Leraikan Himpunan

Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Malaysia (Suhakam) melahirkan rasa kecewa tentang proses meleraikan peserta himpunan Anti-ISA yang diadakan pada 1 Ogos lalu di Kuala Lumpur, demikian lapor Siasah.

Menurut kenyataan Suhakam, polis telah menggunakan gas pemedih mata dan air berkimia yang boleh memudaratkan sesiapa yang terkena bahan itu.

Dalam himpunan itu, ujar Suhakam lagi, 600 orang ditahan termasuk 44 remaja di bawah umur antara 13 hingga 17 tahun di tempat berlainan di ibu negara.

“Suhakam tetap berpendirian bahawa rakyat mempunyai hak untuk berhimpun secara aman,” tegas kenyataan yang dikeluarkan hari ini.

Kenyataan Suhakam ini dibuat atas nama Timbalan Pengerusi Suhakam, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Simon Sipaun, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Isu, Kerjasama Antarabangsa dan Siasatan, Dato’ Dr Michael Yeoh, Dato’ Choo Siew Kioh, Dato’ Haji Khalid Haji Ibrahim dan Pesuruhjaya Suhakam, Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria.

Dalam hal ini, Suhakam tetap konsisten merayu Kerajaan menimbang dan mengambil perhatian terhadap cadangan yang dibuat oleh Suhakam tentang kebebasan untuk berhimpun yang telah berlaku dalam laporan Inkuiri Awam ke atas peristiwa Ahad Berdarah di KL dan Lebuh raya Kesas.

Menurut kenyataan itu lagi, Suhakam menyatakan pihak polis boleh mengambil tindakan paling perlu untuk mengawal himpunan tanpa perlu mencederakan sesiapa.

“Dalam hubungan ini, Suhakam sangat prihatin dengan kanak-kanak yang ditangkap yang digari, ditahan termasuk direman bersama dengan peserta himpunan dewasa.

“Suhakam meminta kerajaan agar melihat semula hak-hak menjaga dan melindungi dalam keadaan konflik begitu di bawah Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 dan Konvensyen terhadap Hak Kanak-kanak (CRC)," kata kenyataan itu.

Melihat kepada apa yang berlaku 1 Ogos lalu, Suhakam mendesak kerajaan mempertimbangkan cadangan Suhakam yang dibuat sejak 2003 untuk merombak ISA yang menahan tanpa bicara, yang secara jelas amat bertentangan dengan prinsip-prinsip hak asasi manusia.

Di akhir kenyataan itu, Suhakam sekali lagi mengulangi kenyataannya iaitu ISA perlu dihapuskan dan ditukar dengan undang-undang baru yang lebih komprehensif yang menyeimbangi antara keselamatan negara dan hak asasi manusia.

Demo anti-ISA: Pewaris mengadu pada Suhakam

Kumpulan penyokong akta ISA hari ini membuat laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam) berhubung demonstrasi besar kumpulan anti-ISA kelmarin yang didakwanya mencabul hak asasi warganegara Malaysia.

Penasihat Undang-undang Majlis Gabungan NGO Pembela Negara (Magaran), Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz mendakwa, perhimpunan anjuran Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) secara jelas mencabuli lima hak warganegara yang digariskan dalam perlembagaan.

Beliau mendakwa, tindakan penunjuk perasaan anti-ISA yang lari ke arah orang awam di Chow Kit, Masjid India dan Masjid Jamek apabila polis menyuraikan mereka, telah menyebabkan pencabulan hak asasi seperti berikut:

bullet button Perkara 5(1), berkaitan kebebasan diri – menyebabkan orang awam terperangkap dalam premis perniagaan tanpa kerelaan, seolah-olah dipenjarakan.

bullet buttonPerkara 6(2), berkaitan keabdian dan kerja paksa dilarang – memaksa dan memanipulasi anak kecil, wanita dan orang tua untuk terlibat berdemonstrasi “demi simpati murahan”.

bullet buttonPerkara (9)1, berkaitan larangan buang negeri dan kebebasan bergerak – menafikan kebebasan orang awam membeli belah dan bersiar di ibu kota semasa perhimpunan itu.

bullet buttonPerkara 10b, berkaitan kebebasan bercakap, berhimpun dan berpersatuan – menafikan hak berhimpun orang awam yang lain daripada mengadakan program peribadi dan perniagaan.

bullet buttonPerkara 13(1), berkaitan hak terhadap harta – menyebabkan banyak harta awam dan peniaga rosak berpunca daripada demonstrasi itu.

NONEMohd Khairul Azam yang membuat aduan tersebut bagi pihak Magaran, menamakan pengerusi GMI, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh dan tiga pemimpin utama pembangkang sebagai perlanggar utama hak-hak tersebut.

Mereka adalah Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan pemimpin popular DAP, Lim Kit Siang.

“Kami mohon Suhakam menyiasat pelanggaran lima hak asasi orang awam ini dan kemukakan syor yang sepatutnya.

“Kami mohon Suhakam menyiasat dan mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi berkenaan aduan yang kami buat ini,” katanya dalam sidang media sejurus laporan itu dibuat di ibu pejabat Suhakam di Kuala Lumpur.

Timbalan Pengerusi II Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah (Pewaris), Rahimuddin Md Harun dan Timbalan Pengerusi Pertubuhan Kebajikan & Dakwah Islamiah Semalaysia (Pekida) Selangor, Zainal Hashim turut hadir.

Menurut Mohd Khairul Azam, aduan mereka diserahkan kepada seorang pegawai di bahagian aduan Suhakam, kerana pesuruhjayanya mempunyai tugas rasmi di tempat lain pada masa itu.

Ditanya tentang hak dan kebebasan GMI mengadakan perhimpunan awam, Mohd Khairul Azam berkata:

“Ini bukan persoalan telur dan ayam, yang mana dahulu. Ini berkenaaan undang-undang. Kita ajar anak-anak kita patuhi undang-undang. Apabila kena batang hidung sendiri, kenapa kita tidak patuh?

“Memang hak kamu untuk memohon, tetapi hak orang yang dipohon juga untuk memberi kebenaran atau tidak. Kalau kamu seorang anak minta RM10, wajib ke bapa bagi RM10 kepada kamu?” soalnya.

Kira-kira 20,000 orang membanjiri ibu negara kelmarin untuk menyertai perhimpunan anti-ISA anjuran GMI.

Mereka berdepan dengan anggota polis yang melepaskan tembakan gas pemedih mata serta tembakan meriam air di lokasi perhimpunan di kompleks membeli-belah SOGO, sekitar Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut, Dataran Merdeka, di Masjid Negara serta di ibu pejabat PAS di Jalan Raja Laut.

Kumpulan pro-ISA pula – yang jumlah penyokongnya jauh lebih kecil – bersurai setelah dihalang polis di Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

Pro-ISA gesa polis tahan Anwar, Hadi dan Kit Siang dalam ISA..!!! CUBA LAH....???? KALAU NAK TENGOK RAKYAT BANGKIT.......????

Kumpulan pro-ISA menggesa polis supaya menahan pengerusi Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh serta tiga pemimpin pembangkang, termasuk Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, ekoran penganjuran demonstrasi besar anti-ISA Sabtu lalu.

Selain Syed Ibrahim dan Anwar, mereka juga menggesa polis menahan Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang serta pemimpin popular DAP, Lim Kit Siang.

Gesaan itu dibuat oleh Majlis Gabungan NGO Pembela Negara (Magaran) - gabungan lebih 50 NGO yang menyokong Akta ISA.

Penasihat Undang-undang Magaran, Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz berkata, keempat-empat individu itu patut ditahan di bawah ISA kerana mengamalkan "keganasan terancang" ketika menganjurkan perhimpunan mansuhkan akta itu kelmarin.

"Saya mendesak polis, kenapa polis kena takut (menahan)? Tugas polis menjaga orang awam seperti kami. Kami hendak berniaga, hendak jual jambu, buat burger, bawa teksi.

"Polis kena jaga kami, bukan memberi muka kepada Anwar Ibrahim dan kuncu-kuncunya dalam GMI. Tangkap mereka ini! (Ini) hak kami," kata Mohd Khairul Azam dalam sidang media di ibu negara petang ini.

Timbalan Pengerusi II Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah (Pewaris), Rahimuddin Md Harun dan Timbalan Pengerusi Pertubuhan Kebajikan & Dakwah Islamiah Semalaysia (Pekida) Selangor, Zainal Hashim hadir sama.

Mohd Khairul Azam berkata, kegagalan GMI mematuhi arahan polis supaya membatalkan perhimpunan anti-ISA, telah mengakibatkan kerosakan harta awam dan mengganggu kebebasan orang awam.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata, Magaran juga sedang mengumpulkan bukti kerugian peniaga dan orang awam bagi digunakan untuk menyaman GMI.

Gabungan NGO Melayu itu meminta orang ramai dan peniaga yang mengalami kerugian, memaklumkan nilai kerugian mereka mereka melalui telefon (012-9770412) atau emel kepada demorugi@gmail.com

Mohd Khairul Azam yang mendakwa dirinya ahli PAS kawasan Sungai Ramal, Kajang turut mencabar Anwar berdebat berhubung kewajaran penggunaan ISA.

Katanya, tidak semua ahli parti pembangkang bersetuju dengan pendirian pemimpin mereka supaya akta itu dimansuhkan.

Arrest Pakatan top trio under ISA'...!!!! TRY LA......????? IF YOU WANT SEE SOMETHINGS...????


A pro-Internal Security Act (ISA) coalition has urged the authorities to detain Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang under the security law.

Apart from the trio, the group also wants Anti-ISA Movement (GMI) chairperson Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh to be arrested as well.

NONEThe four, it added, should be detained in connection with Saturday's rally in Kuala Lumpur, which saw tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets to voice their objection towards the ISA.

The call was made by the Majlis Gabungan NGO Pembela Negara (Magaran), which comprises some 50 organisations that support the ISA.

Magaran legal adviser Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said the four should be arrested under the ISA for practicing 'premeditated violence' when organising the rally.

Why is the gov't afraid?

"Why is the government afraid to (arrest them)? The government's duty is to protect civilians like us. We want to do our business, like sell jambu, burger and drive our taxis.

"The government has to take care of us, not give face to Anwar and his cohorts in GMI. Arrest them!" he thundered at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this evening.

NONEPermuafakatan Ummah (Pewaris) deputy chairperson II Rahimuddin Md Harun and Pertubuhan Kebajikan & Dakwah Islamiah Semalaysia (Pekida) Selangor deputy chair Zainal Hashim were also present.

Meanwhile, Khairul said GMI's failure to adhere to police's orders to cancel its street rally has led to the damage of public property and caused inconvenience to the people.

He added that Magaran is in the process of compiling evidence of the losses incurred by businessmen and the public.

This will be used as a basis to initiate legal action against GMI.

Khairul, who claims to be a PAS member from Kajang, also challenged Anwar to a debate on the use of ISA.

According to him, not all opposition members agree with the stand of their leaders that the security law should be abolished.

The People’s Parliament : Hidup Rakyat! Mansuhkan ISA! Mampoi BN!

By HARIS IBRAHIM.

August 3, 2009

many-colours-113Malaysianinsider reports that, following upon the anti-ISA rally on Saturday, Minister Nazri Aziz said that ‘As long as Barisan Nasional is leading the government, the ISA will not be abolished’.

Well, Nazri, some 5,000 of those who rallied and who were able to make their way to the PAS headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut had this to say to you and your colleagues :

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Hidup Rakyat! Mansuhkan ISA! Mampoi BN!

Again and again they chanted this, even as the call came from the Pakatan leaders assembled just outside the PAS HQ for the rally participants to disperse.

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Hidup Rakyat! Mansuhkan ISA! Mampoi BN!

And if you think this was a PAS crowd, Nazri, I’d urge you to take a closer look at the photos here and the numerous other blogs that are carrying the news of yesterday’s people power gathering.

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Yes, Nazri, as long as BN is in government!

Get your boss to call for a fresh general election a month from now if you dare!

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Nanda was going to take up an initial position at the Masjid Jamek station whlist several others and I were going to head to Sogo.

At 9.51am yesterday, got the following sms from Nanda : Cops assembled in the parking lot in front of central market

Nanda sent the following sms at 10.08am : Road in front of bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad blocked. SBs around with video cameras.Spotted some PAS people.

At 10.14am, Nanda sent the following : Cops n SB around asjid Jamek area. Spotted at least 1 truck.

Lil Hummingbird alerted me of the following at 10.18am : Heli flying overhead @ sogo

Nanda sms’d again at 10.58am : Arrest at Masjid Jamek. A guy. Cops asked him to open his bag n found t-shirts. I think its unit amal t-shirts

Lil Hummingbird sent this sms at 11.59am : People being arrested near sogo

At 1.23pm, Nanda sent the following : Pasar Seni more arrests. Masjid Jamek effectively dispersed I would say

Nanda sent this at 1.29pm : Reporters are saying they’ll also be moving to Sogo shortly. Masjid Jamek effectively shut down id say

Lil Hummingbird sent this sms at 1.38pm : Checking ID n contents of bags for related materials n arresting at Nat Mosque

This sms from Nanda at 1.39pm : Cops standing by in front of Masjid Jamek waiting for people to come out after prayers

Angel, Danny, Teh and I arrived at Sogo at almost 1.45pm. This is the state that we found awaiting us.

The first hint of things to come

The first hint of things to come

The early croowd at Sogo

The early croowd at Sogo

Nanda sent in this sms at 1.57pm : They charged they beat up they arrest. Tear gas fired

I called Norlaila of GMI, who I was to meet at Sogo. She told me that she had been arrested and was being held in a FRU truck in Cheras.

Not good.

Then a sudden flurry of activity on the side of Sogo where the side road linked to Raja Laut at the back.

This group of ladies started to make a beeline for somewhere

This group of ladies started to make a beeline for somewhere

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It only dawned on some of us later that this move by this group of ladies might have been intended to draw away attention to what was to be the first push by many of those at Sogo to begin the march to the Istana.

The rally, for those at Sogo, it seemed, had started.

People starting to mve down Jalan TAR

People starting to mve down Jalan TAR

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The cops quickly moved in.

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The first move to get to the palace was brought to a halt.

The rakyat's surge forward halted

The rakyat's surge forward halted

For a while, confusion seemed to set in.

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Then, suddenly, without any sound of gun fire, tear gas filled the stretch of Jalan TAR where we were.

Danny later said he suspected that this tergassing was probably done by a plant. Plausible.

Doesn’t matter how may times you’ve been hit by tear gas, you just never get used to it.

Your throat singes, and your eyes burn.

Ordinary folk started to share rock salt and water with the many who, it seems, came unprepared.

Najib, if you chance to read this, this is our version of 1Malaysia, something you and your cabinet will probably never, ever understand.

Then the brute force kicked in.

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And then arrests.

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And just as some of us started to feel as if, like Masjid Jamek, the crowd at Sogo, too, had been beaten by the cops, a second push to get to the istana took off.

Allah Akhbar rings through the air!

Allah Akhbar rings through the air!

Strangely, though, upon reaching Coliseum, they stopped and, after a while, started back in the direction of Sogo.

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Baffled, I asked a pakcik why. He replied that someone in the crowd had given instructions to do so.

My immediate concern was whether this was the work of a plant.

I needn’t have worried.

As this group headed back in the direction of Sogo, another large group, seemingly appearing from nowhere, and also starting from Coliseum, also started to move in the direction of Sogo.

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At some point, the two groups merged.

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And from this merged group, leadership emerged.

YB Nasir Hashim leads the charge

YB Nasir Hashim leads the charge

Lil hummingbird sent this in at 2.18pm : Anil reports big time confusion for police now. Thousands instead of moving to Istana r now face to face with police at Jln TAR

The crowd continued in the direction of Sogo.

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What was going on? Wasn’t the istana the destination?

Word slowly filtered back.

Destination ‘Istana’ aborted.

The crowd had now reached the junction of Jalan TAR - Jalan Dang Wangi. Unit Amal proved once again to be invaluable in controlling the crowd

The crowd had now reached the junction of Jalan TAR - Jalan Dang Wangi. Unit Amal proved once again to be invaluable in controlling the crowd

The crowd now negotiated into that part of Jalan Dang Wangi that leads into Jalan Raja Laut, whilst the police there could only watch helplessly.

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The crowd was now feted to fiery speeches and were told that the rally would not be proceeding to the istana.

YB Salahuddin Ayub

YB Salahuddin Ayub

...followed by GMI's Syed Ibrahim

...followed by GMI's Syed Ibrahim

...and lastly YB Tian Chua

...and lastly YB Tian Chua

It was now about 2.30pm.

Amal unit boys readied the crowd to turn into Raja Laut in the direction of Dataran Merdeka.

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to face sheer brute force.

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Without any prior warning to disperse, they went to work.

The chemical-laced water cannons were the first despatched out

The chemical-laced water cannons were the first despatched out

Even if you were not hit by the water, the remnants on the road emitted a nauseous odour

Even if you were not hit by the water, the remnants on the road emitted a nauseating odour

Then it was time to unleash the teargas.

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Volley after volley was fired in the direction of the crowd

Volley after volley was fired in the direction of the crowd

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The crowd dispersed.

At 2.42pm, a commentator to this blog sms’d me : This is historic. Bersih’s not the record any more

I caught up with Danny. We’d heard that the order was out to arrest the Unit Amal boys.

We saw it first hand as we headed back to Sogo.

Arrested in Sogo

Arrested in Sogo

Also arrested in Sogo

Also arrested in Sogo

At 3.05pm Nanda sms’d this : In front of pejabat Agung PAS

Nanda again at 3.07pm : Anwar on his way.Road is blocked, bus also stuck

Danny and I caught up with Angel on Jalan TAR and decided to head out to the PAS HQ.

Nanda at 3.24 : Anwar, Hadi etc juz arived in front of PAS HQ

We reached the HQ about 3.30pm, just in time to catch the tailend of DSAI’s speech.

Lil Hummingbird sent this in at 3.25pm : Sivarasa just arrested at Sogo

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My estimate of the crowd at Sogo : 10,000 – 15,000

However, it was not so much the size of the crowd that got to me.

Firstly, the number of youth who turned up and were passionate about the issue. This was encouraging.

And contrary to what I had expected, this was not a predominantly PAS crowd. It was a good mix.

I spoke to some of the youth in the crowd.

This was one Malay youth’s response, which typified the views of the others I spoke to.

“Tak boleh buat tak tahu lagilah, bang. Kerajaan zalim. BN dah tak boleh caya, dah”.

This was a response from a young Chinese lady.

“If we don’t want the ISA, we have to fight, lah. Who else is going to fight for us?”.

There is hope yet for our nation.

Najib, call for fresh general elections next month if you dare!