The Star gives a slightly positive slant to Rally.
Bumper turnout at rally
20,000 crowd attend rally On Mother’s Day to protest GE13 results
KUALA Sepetang assemblyman Chua Yee Ling did not get to celebrate Mother’s Day with her mother, as she had to attend a rally at Medan Istana in Ipoh.
Chua, who was one of the Pakatan Rakyat speakers in the gathering, said her mother who lived in Johor, understood and fully supported her for not being able to be at home for the ocassion.
“She was not angry when I told her that I could not go back.
“In fact, she said the gathering tonight was more important.
“She wanted me to tell Malaysians how important a clean and fair election is to the country,” she said in her speech during the rally on Sunday.
Chua, 29, and a few other Pakatan leaders had also greeted all mothers at the rally by wishing them Happy Mother’s Day.
It was estimated that more than 20,000 people attended the rally, held in front of the state PKR headquarters at Medan Istana to protest the 13th general election results.
Most of the crowd were dressed in black and traffic policemen were seen directing traffic along the congested Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Jalan Lim Bo Seng and Jalan Istana.
Stalls selling food, black T-shirts and ceramah items were also set up, giving a pasar malam feel to the vibrant atmosphere.
Meanwhile, PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was also present at the mega event, said a leader could only be deemed courageous if he or she was able to defend the rights of all races.
He was accompanied by his wife PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Among the other speakers of the night were PKR vice-presidents Tian Chua and R. Sivarasa, state PKR chief Dr Muhamad Nur Manutty and state Angkatan Muda Keadilan vice-chairman A. Tinagaran.
Also present were Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong, Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye, Hutan Melintang assemblyman S. Kesavan, Simpang Pulai assemblyman Tan Kar Hing, Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang and Badrul Hisham Shaharin, better known as Chegu Bard, who are all from PKR.
Chua Yee Ling: Perhimpunan Hitam 505 Di Ipoh Perak
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Anwar Ibrahim: Pehimpunan Hitam 505 Di Ipoh Perak
IPOH: PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on Malaysians to brush aside their fears of May 13.
“Let May 13 be a new day for a new Malaysian spirit, rejecting all manner of racism,” he said during Pakatan Rakyat’s rally at Medan Istana, near the State Legislative Assembly building here last night.
The rally was held in front of the Perak PKR headquarters to protest the 13th general election results.
Among the speakers were state PKR chief DrMuhamadNur Manutty, PKR Srikandi chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail, Badrul Hashim Shaharin (also known as Chegu Bard), Batu MP Tian Chua and PKR’s Elizabeth Wong.
The crowd, which began to trickle in the early evening, turned up mostly dressed in black.
A long queue created a traffic snarl and traffic policemen had to direct traffic along the congested Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Jalan Lim Bo Seng and Jalan Istana.
It was reported that the rally had not received the go-ahead from police.
Perak police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the organiser met with the district police chief on Friday to obtain permission but the application was rejected for not adhering to several conditions under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
ANWAR MANIA: Arrives at Ipoh rally in motorbike convoy
The first video! Shot at 8.25pm.
Black 505 rally held in the Ipoh Central Plaza Perak Justice Party headquarters tonight, as of 22:20, estimated that over 50,000 people attended…
Bersama Aishah naik motor selepas Perhimpunan Suara Rakyat Suara Keramat di Ipoh :) http://fb.me/18xnopsN6
Sunday, 12 May 2013 21:22
HATTRICK FOR ANWAR: Even ‘Rosmah’ attends GE13 FRAUD rally in Ipoh
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
It looks like Anwar Ibrahim is on his way to scoring a hattrick. With two ‘sell-out’ rallies in Kelana Jaya, Selangor and Batu Kawan, Penang already tucked under his belt, the third gathering in Ipoh, Perak to protest “stolen” electoral victory has pulled in another hundred thousand Malaysians including ‘Rosmah’ – the controversial wife of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Of course, it is only an impersonator and not the self-styled First Lady of Malaysia herself but certainly Rosmah or rather her image is still a crowd-puller although not all who crowded around her impersonator had complimentary comments to make.
But by 10pm, more than 100,000 people had filled the lanes of the Medan Istana commercial center in Ipoh town. A mixed crowd, where again, young Malaysians outnumbered the middle-aged and senior citizens, and despite having to sit on the roads, their enthusiasm was inspiring to the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who were visibly touched by the response.
Of the 3 rallies held so far, the Ipoh event had been expected to be the quietest due to a hostile state government. As it turned, perhaps due to the tighter surroundings, the feeling of rapport and participation may have been the greatest and the most lively.
“No one can stop the wave. This is natural feeling, we didn’t pay them or offer any food. They just want to share with us the anger at how Najib and Umno-BN stole GE13 from us,” PKR assemblyman for Teja Chang Lih Kan.
And on the eve of May 13, a date that has many painful memories for Malaysian Chinese, Anwar did not disappoint. He lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak and Umno-BN for continuously raising the spectre of the May 13 racial riots to scare the Chinese community in to docility and to stir up fresh hatred amongst the Malays for the Chinese.
“Why should we be bound by the mentality of 1960s era? Today’s Malaysia is about one united people. Kami anak Malaysia (we are the children of Malaysia),” Anwar told the hushed crowd which broke into thunderous applause on hearing his words.
The 64-year-old had arrived on a motorbike and was immediately mobbed by the crowd. Called a political chameleon by his nemesis and former boss, Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar certainly called it right this round in refusing to concede defeat in the May 5 general election.
From the ashes of what he has alleged was a most unjust loss, he has turned the crisis to his advantage. If before he was already among the top 3 most popular leaders in the country, he is now in a class all of his own.
And it is not all about blind hero-worship. For many Malaysians, Anwar represents their hope to a just Malaysia where law and order can persist without being twisted at the whim and fancy of the ruling Umno elite.
Following successful Black 505 mega-rallies in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, large crowds gathered tonight in Medan Istana, Ipoh for a similar mourning against alleged electoral fraud.
Eyewitnesses contacted by Malaysiakini told of a crowd size up to 30,000, many of whom were dressed in the trademark black.
“Speeches are now ongoing on stage and the crowd is about 30,000. It is peaceful and semangat (in high spirits),” said one of the rally’s participants Sandrea Ng when contacted at about 9pm.
Previous events in Kelana Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Batu Kawan, Penang had drawn crowds of about 120,000 each, while another event is slated for Tuesday and Wednesday in Kuantan, Pahang and Johor Bahru, Johor respectively.
The rallies are protesting against alleged fraud and misconduct in last Sunday’s general election.
Among the speakers slated to speak at today’s event, which started at about 8pm, include PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and former Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin.
The venue tonight is also just outside the PKR Perak headquarters and near the state secretariat building.
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This is the place!
@tm_insider Polis tidak lulus perhimpunan bantah 505 di Perak esok: IPOH, 11 Mei — Ketua Polis Perak Datuk Mohd Shukri Dah
PLACE: 10 MEDAN ISTANA 5, IPOH
DATE: SUNDAY, 12 MAY 2013TIME: 8.30PM
COME! Bring along someone…
Where is Medan Istana, Bandar Ipoh Raya Ipoh?
*From Jalan Anderson, where Anderson School is, go to the YMCA (on your left) and the St John’s Ambulance Brigade HQ (on your right).
Go over the bridge across the Sungai Kinta, and Medan Istana is on your left.
*From the Old Town, it is farther along the road from the Kinta Riverfront Hotel.
B. WHERE TO PARK
Park your car and walk!
1 Near the Ipoh Padang
2 Near St Michael’s Institution
3 Hotel Kinta Riverfront car park
1 Jalan Anderson
2 Near Waller Court
3 Near the former Lido and Cathay cinemas
4 Cowan Street
5 Fair Park
6 General Hospital
Be early and walk!
C. WHAT TO BRING
1 An umbrella
2 A small bottle of drinking water
D. DRESS IN BLACK and wear sensible walking shoes
Ceramah Umum @ Ipoh organise by PAKATAN RAKYAT PERAK
Venue : Medan Istana,Bandar Ipoh Raya Ipoh
Time : 8.30 pm
Please share it out !!!
Dress Code : BLACK!!!
The one in Perak on Sunday May 12 at Ipoh’s Medan Istana.
After successfully ‘blacking out’ the Kelana Jaya Stadium with black-clad supporters protesting the alleged fraud in last week’s polls, PKR plans to do so in four more states, hoping to cash-in on widespread public support for their election petitions.
“PKR believes that the rakyat’s voice must be heard and championed. Accepting the results of the polls tainted with fraud and foreign voters is a betrayal of the people’s trust,” said party strategy director Rafizi Ramli (below) in a statement.
He praised and thanked the police for understanding the rakyat’s aspiration to assemble peacefully and said that the rakyat’s sentiment is clear that electoral fraud must be combated.
“The Black 505 wave will be carried across the entire nation. The same rally will be held in Penang and Perak this weekend and brought to Pahang and Johor mid next week,” he said. .
The rally in Penang is scheduled for Saturday May 11 at the MPSP Stadium in Bukit Mertajam and the one in Perak on Sunday May 12 at Ipoh’s Medan Istana.
Pahang’s rally will fall on Tuesday next week, followed by Johor the following Wednesday. However, the venue for both states is yet to be announced.