Screaming in Sweden

The BERSIH rally…
November 13, 2007, 9:41 pm
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… is *air quotes* illegal.

According to some minister in my beloved country, we allow protests but protesting is illegal. Or in his own words: “In Malaysia, there is no point in protesting… ”

He can be also quite *air quotes* emotional, repeatedly accusing Al-Jazeera of:

1) siding the opposition parties, which “don’t believe in democracy”
2) having “early perception” – I guess he meant prejudgment ;)
3) “projecting Malaysia as a undemocratic country”

Watch out. He can be quite sarcastic, too.

Manglish warning! Luckily, some people are kind enough to publish the “transcript” of the interview here.

*pulls hair out*

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!! There… there… he made me screamed. Literally.

Been spending the past three days reading every news, every blogs written about the huge 10 November rally in Kuala Lumpur organized by BERSIH, an independent organization pushing for electoral reform.

This is how I feel… all at the same time:

I’m proud!
Because this is huge! What am I doing here? I have probably missed one the proudest moments in the Malaysian history. Finally, Malaysians challenged and the government felt it. Despite many warnings and threats from the government, at least 30,000 people got up that day and went through every trouble to get to the rally. This is definitely one of the biggest public protests we’ve seen in decades.

Yet frustrated
Most people still don’t get it… Most people I know are only reading and watching the government propaganda – The Star, NST, NTV7, RTM, you get the point. In the Parliament, during Q&A time, people were discussing how RTM should fix the “wrongly projected scenes” during the rally by international news channels, in particular Al-Jazeera. And I’m frustrated because we’d be better off having monkeys running our country!

*scratches the right armpit*

*now the left*

But at least it’s kinda entertaining
The Malaysian media responses so far (or lack of):

1) This rally is illegal
2) The police has been “gentle” by spraying chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd
3) This rally is an act of the opposition parties to win more votes in the coming election (in fact, BN members was asked to join the rally but they refused)
4) This is the opposition trying to get the royalty into politics
5) Who wants to demonstrate lah? Create traffic jam only…

It will be interesting to see what comes next.

Here are some photos by niknazmi *s*


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You’re lucky you can scream
And still get your ice cream
While some can only dream
What’s it’s like to be on st(r)eam

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng
Wed. 14th Nov. 2007.

Comment by motivationinmotion

Nice one! Thanxx very much! :)

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