It looks like the Black 505 rallies are gathering steam. As Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who spearheaded the people's movement to protest massive fraud in the country's May 5 general election said, the eyes of the world are on Malaysia - not just on its hardline government but also on the Malaysian people.
Will Malaysians allow themselves to be cheated and made fools of by lackeys of Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, asked Anwar? Or they will stand up for themselves and show their displeasure at being robbed of their basic rights to choose the government they want through a free and fair election?
Make June 22 a turning point for Malaysia
According to Anwar, the acid test will be a mammoth gathering planned for this Saturday at the Padanag Merbok field nearby to Parliament House and the Lake Gardens.
"June 22 is very critical. Everyone, from orang kampong (village folk), to fishermen, farmers and most important of all young Malaysians must come. The world, just like Indonesia, is watching. Is there going to be a protest, is it true the people want to clean up the electoral system, is it true they want to plug up all the weaknesses?" Anwar told a rally in Johor.
"If we succeed, then God willing, I am sure June 22 will mark a turning point in Malaysia's cruel political landscape."
The 64-year-old Anwar had been grilled by the Indon press on the June 22 event when he was in Jakarta over the weekend to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who also expressed interest in the Black 505 rally.
Will the police help or obstruct the people?
Meanwhile, with 2 days to go, Pakatan Rakyat leaders had been called up to see the police chief at the Dang Wangi station to discuss "matters related to public security". The meeting was later cancelled at the "last minute".
The Pakatan leaders are PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli, DAP's Loke Siew Fook and PAS' Syed Azman Syed Ahmad.
"I was contacted by IPD Dang Wangi to inform that the scheduled meeting between PDRM and PR reps today is cancelled at the last minute, as the OCPD was summoned to Bukit Aman," Rafizi said in an email to Malaysia Chronicle.The press conference scheduled at 5pm has been cancelled, added Rafizi.
The PKR leader had earlier told Malaysia Chronicle he expects the meeting to center around Saturday's event, which aims to provide a platform for Malaysians to express their unhappiness at the evident fraud and vote rigging that went on during the recently-concluded May 5 general election.
"I was under the impression that the meeting was to work out safety and crowd control arrangement for the June 22 Black 505. If this is true, then I am hopeful it will be a positive meeting," Rafizi had said.