Sabtu, 25 Mei 2013

Black 505: ‘Soldiers in black, fighting for democracy’

PETALING JAYA: The Blackout 505 rally at Dataran PJ here against the various misconducts in the recently concluded general election kicked off at 5.15pm with more than 3,000 people in attendance. By 7pm, this has risen to about 4,000, and growing.
Almost everyone in the crowd was dressed in black and carried the flags of Pakatan Rakyat parties. The rally kicked off with the rendition of Negaraku, followed by speeches from NGO leaders.
Ekhsan Bukharee Badrul Hisham of Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia, emcee for the rally, said the rally was held mainly to urge the EC chief to step down.
“The main reason for us to gather here is to urge the chief of the corrupt EC to resign after all the fraud that took place during GE13,” he said.
“We as Malaysians also want a re-election at constituencies which electoral fraud could be proved,” he added.
The highlight of the rally would be speeches by Pakatan leaders, including Anwar Ibrahim, on how the election was ‘stolen’ from them. Pakatan has accused the Election Commission of colluding with Barisan Nasional to ensure a victory for BN.
Some of the rally participants were seen stomping of photographs of EC bosses, clearly showing their anger over the way the election was conducted.
The crowd also chanted ‘BN tumbang’, ‘Najib tumbang’ and ‘EC tumbang’.
The speakers meanwhile urged the EC officials to resign and for fresh elections to be held in constituencies where fraud was rampant.
‘Now face our wrath’

Black 505: Leman Raja Lawak, Abby Abadi jadi tarikan di PJ

Selepas berlangsungnya lapan siri perhimpunan Blackout 505 di seluruh negara, kini perhimpunan kesembilan dan terakhir yang digelar 'Perhimpunan Suara Rakyat 505' - akan berlangsung di Petaling Jaya jam 5 petang ini.

Perhimpunan, di mana NGO Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) adalah antara penganjur utamanya, diadakan untuk membantah dakwaan penipuan pilihan raya dan salahlaku dalam pilihan raya umum baru-baru ini.

NONEPihak berkuasa menyiasat atau medakwa mereka yang terlibat dalam penganjuran perhimpunan Blackout 505 di bawah Akta Perhimpunan Aman (APA), kerana didakwa gagal memberi notis 10 hari kepada pihak polis.

Sementara itu, Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi (kanan) dilaporkan berkata perhimpunan hari ini merupakan "satu tindakan provokasi" dan tidak mengikut peruntukan di bawah APA.

Perhimpunan sebelum ini telah menarik puluhan ribu orang -
yang terbesar diadakan di stadium Kelana Jaya tidak jauh dari tempat perhimpunan hari ini. Kira-kira 120,000 orang membanjiri perhimpunan pada 8 Mei itu - sama ada di luar atau di dalam stadium yang penuh sesak.

Bagi perhimpunan hari ini - di Dataran Petaling Jaya - mempunyai kapasiti maksimum kira-kira 80,000. Jika mengambilkira perhimpunan sebelum ini, maka ia juga dijangka dibanjiri puluhan ribu hadirin.

7.15pm - Ketua NGO Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) Badrul Hisham Shaharin, yang lebih dikenali sebagai Chegubard, berucap menggesa peserta mengajak rakan-rakan mereka menyertai perhimpunan tersebut.

NONEBadrul Hisham, yang dipercayai dikehendaki pihak polis kerana didakwa membuat "ucapan berunsur hasutan", berkata penganjur perhimpunan itu berkempen untuk tiga isu:

1. Bahawa semua anggota Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya meletakkan jawatan;
2. Pilihan raya diadakan semula di kawasan di mana berlaku penipuan; dan,
3. Menubuhkan tribunal rakyat untuk membolehkan orang ramai melaporkan penipuan pilihan raya.

Selepas Badrul Shaharin bercakap, majlis itu ditangguhkan seketika untuk solat maghrib.
6.45pm - Aktivis pelajar KS Bawani, yang menjadi terkenal kerana ungkapan "Listen, listen, listen" yang turut berucap, menggesa hadirin supaya mengajak rakan-rakan dan saudara-mara mereka supaya menyertai perhimpunan untuk menegakkan hak rakyat.
6.40pm: Pengacara majlis, aktivis mahasiswa Ekhsan Bukharee menggesa peserta yang berada di kawasan tengah padang agar tidak merokok demi keselesaan peserta wanita dan golongan lain yang tidak merokok.
6.27pm: Seorang pelawak Leman Raja Lawak dan artis Abby Abadi turut muncul di pentas pidato petang ini.

BLACK 505, THE ONLY HOPE: Naive to expect BN to have dialogue with PR

It is unthinkable when some leader within the Opposition block suddenly starts preaching about bipartisan politics and is sadid to be seeking to get into dialogues of sorts with a party that took the mantle to rule with a minority popular vote-winning. It is strange how some politicians will start making roundabout turns.
BLACK 505, THE ONLY HOPE: Naive to expect BN to have dialogue with PRLet us start with the basics. The bottom line reality is the opposition secured 51% of popular votes leaving BN with a minority count of 47%. But BN went on to form the government.
The voters are questioning, “What happened to our voice and our choice?”
Where else in the world are minority vote winning political parties sworn in to govern a nation – only in Malaysia. Now that is what the rakyat are furious about.
They will come to all post-election rallies not because of a leader within that political party making his or her trade mark statement or speech. They come because it is a platform to register their unhappiness. They come because they see leaders who think like them and are prepared to take that leap forward to help them have their justice returned.
Effort is appreciated but don't be naive
Black 505 has already registered its mark as a gathering of all Malaysians, cutting across race and religion demarcations and is not restricted to PAS, DAP, PKR territories but is a nationwide concern. Period.
Against this background of concern, how on earth can anyone suddenly have the nerve to proclaim the need to practice bipartisan politics or even to suggest that there needs to be dialogue between the winning party that lost the right to form the in-coming government and the losing party that went on to become the ruling government.
For as long as we try to sweep this fundamental democratic principle of ‘the majority wins’ in an election - more so after 56 years of gaining independence democratically, we have in reality set the clock of Malaysia’s political maturity far, far back.
Even trying to answer the numerous irregularities and attempting to negate thread by thread the many allegations from blackouts to invisible indelible ink is all hogwash. It is a mockery and insult to the human race that has gone fast forward to democratize the world on all its four paradigms, i.e. political, social, and economic and environment.
The logic that all aspects of constituency-distribution vis-a-vis gerrymandering will be redressed in the years ahead and before GE-14, is yet another mock at the very foundation of democracy. How can we even have gone into election mode knowing full well that our notorious gerrymandering has not been resolved all these donkey years?
Anwar & PR must hold firm: Don't compromise

QUIT NAJIB, QUIT EC: Malaysia's youth flood Blackout 505 rally, demanding new elections

It happened in Indonesia, it happened in Thailand. It is now happening in Malaysia. And Singapore, try as it may, will sooner or later have to deal with the same issue of youth-led change.
QUIT NAJIB, QUIT EC: Malaysia's youth flood Blackout 505 rally, demanding new electionsFor too long have the authoritarian governments - some say semi dictatorships - of Southeast Asia had it easy. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak should have smelled the wind of change blowing near but ensconced in plush, expensively-carpeted corridors of power, he dismissed it. He continued to rule in the tradition of his elitist Umno-BN coalition, setting off a few 'racial' firecrackers now and then, here and there, to keep the 'masses' in check.
But Gen Y is a different force altogether. An online generation fed on literature where Good triumped over Evil against all odds, they are smarter, much more articulate and conscientious than let's say the 'Flower children' of the 1960s.
And in eyes of Malaysia's Gen Y now, Good is Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat. They are the Gandalfs and Bilbos to Malaysia's youth. Clearly on the opposite side are Najib and Umno-BN. They are the Saurons and the evil Orcs.
This then is the situation in Malaysia. And this cannot be manifested more clearly than in Saturday's Blackout 505 rally to protest electoral fraud in Malaysia's 13th general election and to demand new elections.
By 6.30pm, some 15,000 youths had already 'camped' out on the field in Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya. Dressed in the black T-shirts to symbolise 'death of democracy' in the May 5 election, they showed no shyness or fear in calling for Najib to quit and for Umno-BN to be toppled. Waving flags, banners and blowing vuvuzuelas, they shouted expressions of frustration against the ruling regime's notorious corruption and ham-fisted rule.

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