SAT 22 JUNE: TODAY’S THE DAY!
Calm at Padang Merbok: Youths rubbish talk of clashes
CALM AT PADANG MERBOK: Lesson in leadership for ‘gangsters’ Najib, police chiefs
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Despite the astonishing statement from the Kuala Lumpur police chief, all is peaceful along Jalan Parlimen and the surrounding area of the Padang Merbok field where a mammoth rally to protest Prime Minister Najib Razak’s purported cheating at the May 5 general election is due to be held later this afternoon.
When Malaysia Chronicle arrived there just before 9.30am, there were no road-blocks, and while traffic police and an FRU truck was sighted laying cones on the road opposite to the field, the policemen whom we spoke to were polite and went out of their way to be courteous and helpful.
Their behavior was a sharp contrast to their higher-ups who have been lambasted by civil society and the political Opposition for currying favor with the powers-that-be and conducting themselves unprofessionally.
Obviously, it remains to be seen if this peaceful picture will continue but for now, the morning breeze was cool and the sun still shielded by clouds. The haze could be detected but it was no more than what has become normal to the Kuala Lumpur environment, which sad to say, is typified by smog and pollution from an excess of cars and lorries on its roads.
At the Padang Merbok car park, tired out from rounds of taking part in flash mobs and attending ceramahs (mini rallies), groups of students sleeping in their vans and tents were starting to wake up, rubbing their eyes and stretching their limbs.
Black505 di Sogo sebelum berarak ke Padang Merbok pic.twitter.com/pKPjORLDAc
#Black505 FT minister Tengku Adnan showed up unexpectedly at Pdg Merbok 12.40pm n urged rally not to go on there but hold it indoor
1.10pm: Masjid Negara – PKR deputy president Azmin Ali arrives and is greeted by party supporters.
Also present is Selangor PAS chief Dr Abdul Rani Osman.
Supporters are seen entering the mosque to perform the Zohor prayers before the march to Padang Merbok.
1pm: Jln Raja Laut – PKR vice-president Tian Chua arrives at the Sogo shopping complex, where he will lead a group to march to Padang Merbok.
The crowd here has swelled to 1,000.
1.00pm: Universiti Malaya – One hour before the march to Padang Merbok is to begin, the number of participants at the Ar-Rahman mosque at Universiti Malaya is still only less than 100 people.
Most of them are youngsters and students activists. The crowd is supposed to march towards Brickfields, to join forces with the crowd there.
Several party leaders and student activists are delivering speeches to those gatheres, including PKR Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Akin and student activist Adam Adli.
12.30pm: Brickfields – Pressure group Justice for Beng Hock appears at the gathering point to draw the attention of participant to the death of K Murugan, the security aide to PKR Tapah’s election parliamentary candidate K Vasantha Kumar.
The group’s spokesperson Ng Yap Hwa calls for investigation into the death, saying this is the one of the worst cases political violence in Malaysia’s history.
Ng says the group, along with Vasantha Kumar, will go to parliament on June 27 at 2pm, to hand over the memorandum to MPs to call for the investigation.
Meanwhile, the now 150-strong crowd are occupying most seats as nearby stalls, having lunch and drinks while waiting for the march to Padang Merbok to start.
12.05pm: Masjid Negara – Former Perak menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (below) arrives and takes some time to pose for photographs with party supporters.
Also seen are Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian from PKR.
Bar Council observers Andrew Khoo, who is also Bersih 2.0 steering committee member, has come to observe.
BLACK505 – Crowd, mostly in black & some with face masks against the smoke, gather at various points to walk to Padang Merbok for rally.
Black505 – KL City Hall vehicles pack Padang Merbok carpark, no police seen, ahead of rally this afternoon.
A memo to students from University Malaya says the blackout 505 is Haram!……corruption tak haram ke?
Kita berkhemah sambil makan koci tengok orang berlari olimpik.. kami bukan bangla, kami rakyat Malaysia!!
Thursday, 20 June 2013 21:26
World looks at M’sia on June 22 – Anwar
Written by Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle
A turning point for Malaysia
As Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who founded the Black 505 rallies to protest what his coalition claims to be massive fraud in the country’s May 5 general election has 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 Najib government, Anwar asked at a recent rally, or will they 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?
The acid test, according to the Opposition chief, will be a mammoth gathering planned for this Saturday at the Padanag Merbok field nearby to Parliament House and the Lake Gardens.
“If we succeed, then God willing, I am sure June 22 will mark a turning point in Malaysia’s cruel political landscape.”
“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 had said at a rally in Batu Pahat.
Free Malaysia Today
‘Come to the rally wearing face masks’
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli urges Black 505 rally participants to wear face masks to protect themselves from the haze.
PETALING JAYA: Black 505 rally organisers are aware of the haze problem and want the rally participants on Saturday to wear surgical face masks to ensure their health is not affected.
PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said a voluntary medical unit would be put on standby and the rally organising committee would discuss with them before issuing further precautionary measures.
NGOs RAISE THE STAKES
SAMM is one of the main coordinators for the Suara Rakyat 505 movement, a civil society movement that has been protesting electoral fraud as well.
Several NGOs led by Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) now plan to prolong the Kuala Lumpur ‘Black 505’ rally at Padang Merbok on Saturday by camping there for at least two nights.
In a statement today, SAMM said that everyone “must be ready mentally and physically” for a peaceful continuation of the protest until June 24.
This is when SAMM plans to hold a protest, just as the new batch of parliamentarians are sworn in the Dewan Rakyat, which is close to the protest venue.
“SAMM has prepared 150 tents as a facility, and we urge the participants to bring along sleeping bags to prepare to spend the night there,” SAMM’s founder Badrul Hisham Shaharin, who is better know as Chegubard (right), said.
SAMM said there will be a final briefing on the rally at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) at 8.30pm tomorrow, with NGO and political leaders outlining their final plans for Saturday’s rally.
“We urge all parties not to be worried because this mega rally is not being held to topple the government. It is rather to urge the EC heads to resign and be brought to justice,” Chegubard said.
“If the (ruling) regime is so weak that it collapses on its own, that is not our fault,” he added.
Anwar chides Deputy IGP for threatening action against rally
Published on Jun 19, 2013
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has chided the deputy inspector-general of police for behaving unprofessionally by threatening action if the latest Black 505 rally against alleged electoral fraud goes ahead in Kuala Lumpur without a permit.
THE POLICE SAY, “DON’T!”
PAKATAN RAKYAT SAY, “IT’S ON! PADANG MERBOK IT IS!”
BLACK505 KUALA LUMPUR
SATURDAY 22 JUNE 20131
PAKATAN LEADERS WILL TAKE THE LEAD!
1) Brickfields – Nurul Izzah, Arul & Maria Abdullah
—6) UM – Safwan Anang, Adam Adli & Shamsul
7) Pekeliling – Salehuddin & wakil NGO
Animated map of Black505 Rally at Padang Merbok 22 June 2013
The June 22 rally at the Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur is expected to draw a record crowd as Malaysians try to prevent the Umno-BN from pushing through further boundary redelineations and laws to ensure they continue to stay in power after the next election, which must be held latest by 2018.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:56
BLACK 505: PKR expects huge crowd, Najib would be foolish as to react “brashly”
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
Despite non-stop “threats and intimidation” from the authorities, PKR is confident of a good turnout at the June 22 Black 505 rally to protest fraud and cheating in the recently-concluded 13th general election and to demand the immediate resignations of the Election Commission chairman and deputy chairman.
“We are not out to confront anybody. This is an issue where all Malaysians have a stake in. This is your future, so come out and make your stand. Come out in large numbers. We have a purpose but let’s not also forget to have a good time to enjoy our city and the nearby gardens,” Johari Abdul, the national director of the Black 505 movement, told a press conference on Wednesday
“We are looking at a good-sized crowd. We are confident Prime Minister Najib Razak won’t react brashly and trigger off a new chain of unnecessary fires for himself to put out. That would be really foolish of him,” PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
Johari also reiterated the main goals of Black 505 remain the same. “Our demands are still that the EC chairman and deputy chairman must resign.”
The EC top duo, who are believed to be Umno members, have been accused of siding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN coalition during the May 5 ballot where Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Rakyat coalition took 89 of the federal Parliament’s 133.
Pakatan is also challenging the outcome in some 30 seats where they claim bore the brunt of the worst vote-buying in Malaysian electoral history.
Police warn Black 505 organisers not to hold rally
The organisers of this Saturday’s Black 505 rally will face prosecution as they have not received approval from City Hall to use Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur for the gathering.
They will be investigated for contravening the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 if they go ahead with it.
This was the warning issued by Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Ahmad today. He said although the organisers had been given the police the required 10-day notice, they had not received approval for the use of the field from City Hall.
The police will not make any preparations to accommodate the rally but warned they will be there to enforce the law.
Free Malaysia Today
PKR: Black 505 rally at Padang Merbok
With four days to go before the Black 505 rally in Padang Merbok, PKR is going ahead and making preparations for the event on Saturday.
PETALING JAYA: PKR has started making preparations to use Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur as the venue for the Black 505 rally on Saturday.
PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli told FMT today that they had set up a technical team headed by the rally chief organiser Johari Abdul and PAS deputy president Mohd Sabu.
Asked what if the field is fenced up later this week, he said they would still congregate at Padang Merbok.
“Our technical team will make contingency plans, including crowd control for the day,” he said.
Anwar Ibrahim: 22hb Jun Kita Kena Berhimpun
BERITA DARI SUMBER SEMASA DAN TERKINI – HUBUNGI KAMI DI email@example.com KAMI MEMOHON SUMBANGAN DAN TAJAAN UNTUK PENGURUSAN BLOG – SILA LIHAT SISI KIRI BLOG
Isnin, 17 Jun 2013
Zuraida: 50 peratus wanita akan sertai Black 505 pada 22 Jun
“Surat pekeliling supaya semua ahli di peringkat negeri telah diedar kepada Ketua Wanita Negeri. Kita akan pastikan anggota kita turun menentang penyelewengan yang berlaku,” kata Ketuanya, Zuraida Kamaruddin kepada Keadilan Daily.
Beliau menganggarkan penyertaan keseluruhan wanita pada himpunan kali ini lebih besar berbanding Bersih 3.0 sebelum ini.
“Pada Bersih 3.0 lalu, kita berjaya menghimpunkan satu pertiga golongan wanita dan kita harap jumlah itu akan meningkat sehingga 50 peratus pada Black 505 Sabtu ini,” katanya.
Monday June 17, 2013
Rafizi: Despite arrests, Black 505 rally will go on
PETALING JAYA: The Black 505 mega rally will still go on despite 15 people being arrested at a function affiliated with it.
PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said that they were confident of a peaceful rally come June 22.
“If the police can maintain their professionalism, then there should be no problems,” he said.
Several participants at the Black 505 “flashmob” on Saturday were arrested in Kuala Lumpur when they gathered to protest against alleged electoral fraud at GE13.
Police would reportedly take action against the June 22 ‘Black 505′ rally if organisers proceed with the event without the ‘proper permits’, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohd Bakri Zinin.
“We already have laws and will enforce those laws. We will take action according to those laws.
“We will look at the situation. If there is a need, we will take action,” English-language daily The Star online quoted him saying at a press conference today.
Jumaat, 14 Jun 2013
Padang Merbok: Iklan McDonald’s dedahkan penipuan DBKL?
PELBAGAI alasan diberikan untuk menghalang penganjuran Himpunan Aman Black 505 yang dijadualkan pada 22 Jun ini di Padang Merbok Kuala Lumpur.
Rafizi: Pakatan adamant on Padang Merbok for June 22 rally
By Boo Su-Lyn
June 12, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 ― Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) “Black 505” rally will proceed at Padang Merbok here on June 22, despite the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s (OCM) insistence that it needed the field then for an event the day after, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli said today.
The PKR strategy director pointed out that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had informed PR that Padang Merbok was only booked from 6pm onwards on June 22, contrary to OCM’s statement yesterday that logistics preparation for the June 23 McDonald’s Olympic Run would start on June 21.
“DBKL told us at the beginning that we can only book up to 6pm because after that, another event will be held at Padang Merbok the next day,” Rafizi told The Malaysian Insider today.
“We can sit down with the Olympic Council to discuss what kind of arrangement is necessary to allow both to proceed smoothly,” he added.
HEADING FOR A CONFRONTATION!
DBKL mayor, Ahmad Phesal Talib, has many excuses for his refusal.
BUT the rally will go on, says Rafizi Ramli.
DBKL was clearly running out of excuses to prevent Pakatan from holding the rally because no event has been booked at the site on that day, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said today, and he added that Pakatan “will not budge” from its current plan.
Olympic Council says needs Padang Merbok on day of Pakatan rally
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 – The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) said today that Padang Merbok needs to be available for logistics preparation on June 22 as its June 23 run will pass through the area, despite flagging off from Dataran Merdeka.
OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that its McDonald’s Olympic Run, which has been held annually on June 23 since 1994 in celebration of Olympic Day, would involve 15,000 runners and that the venue was booked at the end of last year.
“We are actually starting to set up on June 21st after 3pm, and then on 22nd after 6pm,” Sieh told The Malaysian Insider today.
“We hope, out of the goodwill of everyone, let us organise the run. We’re doing the run for the benefit of people to stay healthy,” added the representative from the sports NGO.
PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli insisted earlier today that Padang Merbok would be available for Pakatan Rakyat’s Black505 rally as the OCM run was scheduled to take place at Dataran Merdeka.
The Pandan MP then expressed disappointment at KL mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib’s claim that Padang Merbok would not be available for PR’s June 22 rally against electoral fraud, saying it appeared as if the City Hall was bowing to political pressure from Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
Sieh, however, pointed out today that runners would pass through Padang Merbok on June 23 and that most would park their cars near the field.
“The run will affect the Padang Merbok area. That’s why DBKL is saying that it’s covering the Padang Merbok area,” he said, referring to the City Hall by its Malay acronym.
Sieh added that four runs – 3km, 5km, 7km and 10km – would start from Dataran Merdeka on June 23 at 7.30am and end at the same place by 11am.
Rafizi shows proof Padang Merbok available for June 22 rally
BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
June 11, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli revealed today that no event has been scheduled to take place at Padang Merbok this June 22, suggesting inaccuracy in KL Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib’s claim that the venue would not be unavailable for Pakatan Rakyat’s #Black505 rally.
The PKR strategy director said he personally investigated Ahmad’s claim yesterday and discovered that the McDonald’s Olympic Run by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is scheduled to take place on June 23 at Dataran Merdeka and not Padang Merbok.
“I checked the MOM Facebook page for further information about the run,” he said in a statement here, referring to the OCM’s Malay acronym.
“Discovered that the run was not taking place at Padang Merbok but will start and finish at Dataran Merdeka,” he added.
The Pandan MP said his probe did not stop there.
To make sure that the event was really to be held at the historic independence square, he said he even checked the website of the Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM), which is participating in the run.
At the club’s website, Rafizi said it was confirmed that the event would be held at Dataran Merdeka, not at Padang Merbok.
“Finally, I checked the run’s route map from the registration form. Based on the route, it was clear that the run would not use Padang Merbok but will start and end at Dataran Merdeka,” he said.
Rafizi expressed disappoinment at the KL City Hall (DBKL) for its “inaccurate” statement on the use of Padang Merbok on June 23, saying it appeared as if City Hall was bowing to political pressure from Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
He said from his probe it was clear that Padang Merbok would be available for PR’s #Black505 rally on June 22.
“If the authorities can close the roads to facilitate the run, I am sure they can do the same for the #Black505 rally on June 22,” he said.
Rafizi added that PR leaders will attend a meeting with Ahmad at 8am on June 14 but will not budge from its decision to stage the rally at Padang Merbok on June 22.
“What more now that there is proof that the field will not be used on that Saturday and Sunday,” he said.
PKR is not fazed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) rejection of its application to hold the Pakatan Rakyat ‘Black 505′ rally at Padang Merbok from noon on June 22.
DBKL was clearly running out of excuses to prevent Pakatan from holding rally because no event has been booked at the site on that day, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said today, and he added that Pakatan “will not budge” from its current plan.
“The more new excuses or reasons DBKL gives, the more ridiculous they sound…
“DBKL has to take account that the right of peaceful assembly is a right that Malaysians take seriously,” Rafizi said when contacted today.
Asked about the possibility of police intervention to stop the rally, Rafizi said he would write to the police tomorrow to appeal to them to “act professionally”.
“I will implore upon the police to understand that DBKL is under extreme pressure from BN not to proceed with the rally, and for the police to understand that the right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed under the Peaceful Assembly Act,” Rafizi said.
The Pandan MP also expressed confidence that police would appreciate that the rallies have been peaceful and that DBKL’s reasons made no sense.
“As always, we are happy to sit down and discuss with the police, but the rally will go on at Padang Merbok on June 22,” he said.
Following DBKL’s decision, Rafizi added, more rally marshals would be mobilised to ensure that there would be no untoward incidents during the rally.
Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) has rejected Pakatan Rakyat’s application to hold to hold its latest ‘Black 505’ rally at Padang Merbok on June 22.
At a press conference today, mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib revealed that the council had made the decision based on three reasons.
Firstly, he said the Malaysian Olympic Council will be holding an event on the field on June 23.
He noted that organisers will be performing “logistic preparations” a day earlier, and that they had made the booking last year.
Secondly, he said the rally will cause a massive traffic jam as the field is close to several of Kuala Lumpur’s main arteries.
“If they are holding the rally from 11am to 6pm, it will cause problem to those who wants to go in or out the capital,” he added.
And finally, Ahmad Phesal (right) said that the council rejected the application on grounds that they need to “protect” the decoration and landscape along Jalan Parlimen.
He stressed that organisers should seek other venues – particularly enclosed spaces – such as stadiums.
“DBKL is not allowing Padang Merbok to be used, but will assist them to look for a more suitable place, such as the rally they held (on May 8) in Selangor,” said Ahmad Phesal.
Opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat has postponed its planned anti-electoral fraud rally on June 15 to accommodate a private wedding and a recycling festival.
“We have taken into consideration appeals from parties that have already planned their events for June 15,” PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
“After discussions with the Dang Wangi police, (we) decided to change the date to June 22 … The rally will begin at noon.”
He explained that the organiser of a recycling festival and a family which has scheduled a private wedding on June 15 near Padang Merbok, had contacted the party and asked for its cooperation.
RALLY POINT for BLACKOUT RALLY 615 this Saturday!
Despite DBKL snub, Pakatan to proceed with Padang Merbok rally
BY MD IZWAN
June 09, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The opposition turned its nose up today at Putrajaya’s suggestion that it find an alternative location for its June 15 rally, scheduled to take place at Padang Merbok, after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) refused to grant permission for the field’s use, saying the event will proceed as planned.
PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s statement yesterday would not hinder Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) original plan.
“For now, the rally will proceed. Tengku Adnan’s remarks will not be a deterrent,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.
But the Pandan MP (picture) added that there will be several issues that the pact would have to consider following feedback and consultation from the police, which he said will be treated seriously.
“We will make some changes to our plans, but the Padang Merbok venue will remain,” he said.
PR chose Padang Merbok as the venue for its June 15 rally after the authorities advised them against using the iconic Dataran Merdeka.
Rafizi said last week that notices for the planned rally ― scheduled for 2pm next Saturday ― were submitted to the police and DBKL, adding that he expects no arrests to be made since the protest will be done in accordance with the Peaceful Assembly Act (PPA).
“The decision to hold the ‘Black 505’ rally at Padang Merbok took into consideration the Royal Malaysia Police’s advice against using Dataran Merdeka, although we feel that Dataran Merdeka is the most suitable place for the rakyat to gather and voice their aspiration contained in the ‘Black 505’ demands,” he told reporters at PKR’s headquarters here.
Did these BLIND, DUMB & DEAF GOVERNMENT of IMBECILES, RACIST & BUFFOONS “LISTEN” to the people’s cries and demands???Since they did “NOT” listen…THIS SATURDAY 15th of JUNE 2013…For “BETRAYING” the People of Malaysia’s Trust so BLATANT & OPENLY…This time around…we’ll PAINT THE TOWN “PITCH BLACK!”
PAS has decided to join the Pakatan Rakyat’s ‘Black 505′ rally that will be held on June 15, its deputy president Mohamad Sabu said today.
Senior PAS leaders unanimously decided to take part in the rally during their monthly meeting this morning, he said.
Among others, the rally is planned as a climax to a series of rallies protesting alleged electoral fraud during the May 5 general election.
“Yes, we will be there. During the meeting just now, everyone has agreed to participate,” Mohamad told reporters after the meeting at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
His statement puts to rest questions as to whether the Islamic party would join the rally, after PAS Dewan Ulama chief Harun Taib was reported to have said the party accepted the election results and would not voluntarily hold or participate in protest rallies.
Harun was quoted as saying that the party would instead focus on preparations for the next general election.
No DBKL nod for Pakatan’s Padang Merbok rally, Ku Nan confirms
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 ― The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not permit Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to use Padang Merbok for its mass rally this June 15, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general denied, however, that this was intended to stop the federal opposition pact from hosting the event, saying instead that the venue was not suitable as it was an open space.
He advised PR to move its plans to indoor venues such as stadiums or other appropriate locations.
“We allow them to hold their gathering in closed areas. I was informed by the (KL) Mayor that they applied to use Padang Merbok.
“But to me, Padang Merbok is an open space… in open spaces, we will not give (our permission) because we know the law and abide by it,” he said when approached after a function at KL Sentral here.
The Putrajaya MP later criticised the attitudes of opposition leaders whom he alleged were encouraging unlawful behaviour among Malaysians by their actions.
“I would like to advise that we live in a place with law and order. The opposition is trying to create this environment to the people where it is like we live in the jungle… we do not follow the laws of the jungle,” he said.
PKR says that it is often caught in a Catch-22 situation when it comes to organising rallies, because both the venue owners and the police would insist that the party should get the other side’s ‘clearance’ first before giving their own green light.
In the latest instance, the Dang Wangi police has reportedly said that PKR’s application to hold a ‘Black 505′ rally at Padang Merbok on June 15 was “incomplete” because it did not include a letter from the venue’s owner expressing approval for PKR to use the field.
“From our previous experience in the past rallies, the police’s insistence that an approval from the venue’s owner is attached together with such notification creates a conundrum.
“(This is) because the venue owner, on the other hand, insists that the police gives clearance first before they agree.
“This creates an unnecessary obstacle that is against the spirit of Public Assembly Act (PAA), whereby the issue of police permission does not arise,” PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said when contacted yesterday.
Only notification needed
He pointed out that under the PAA, rally organisers only need to inform the police 10 days in advance of the rally, which the party did on Wednesday.
An application to hold the rally has been sent to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which manages Padang Merbok, on the same day.
However, Rafizi said he has yet to receive any response from DBKL so far, and there is no change in the rally plans for now.
“Nevertheless, we will continue to consult the OCPD of Dang Wangi to maintain the cordial working relationship and we have been in constant communication,” the Pandan MP said.
Free Malaysia Today
Police: No green-light for Padang Merbok
There is charity run event being held on the same day at the said venue, says Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad.
PETALING JAYA: The police have told Pakatan Rakyat to change its date on the planned Black 505 rally at Padang Merbok, saying there is another event scheduled on June 15 there.
“The Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (PPSPPA) is holding a charity run at Padang Merbok on June 15.
“The organiser for the charity run has already obtained an approval from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold the event earlier,” said Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad.
Yesterday, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli announced that the next Black 505 rally would be held at Padang Merbok on Saturday.
They had sent a formal notice to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, as per the requirement under the Peaceful Assembly Act.
HIMPUNAN#BLACKOUT505 KUALA LUMPUR
PLACE: PADANG MERBOK, K.L.
DATE: SATURDAY, 15 JUNE 2013
Black 505 rally to hit KL on June 15
Pakatan Rakyat: Himpunan Blackout 505 Kuala Lumpur Di Padang Merbok 15 June
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:06
All eyes on Anwar to lift nation out from post GE13 quagmire: PR to hold June 15 rally at Padang Merbok
Written by Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle
UPDATE 5 All eyes are on Malaysia’s Opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim and his next moves to lift the country out of the quick sand it has fallen into after a controversial May 5 general election. Anwar’s Pakatan Rakyat coalition formally announced today it will hold a much anticipated June 15 rally – a move that his supporters see as a moral victory in their battle to reclaim an electoral “victory that was stolen” from them by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN government.
At a press conference held on Wednesday morning, Pakatan leaders confirmed they will hold the planned “mammoth gathering” at the Padang Merbok field in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm on June 15, promising to offer “maximum” co-operation to the police and extending the required 10 days notice to the authorities – the main stumbling block so far to peaceful assemblies in Malaysia and slammed by activists as a devious means by which the BN government was still suppressing the growing civil rights movement in the country.
“Of course, Umno-BN is terrified of Black 505. They are afraid of Anwar’s drawing power. There is no other leader in the country now and in the entire history of the nation- Malay or non-Malay – who can mobilize this type of public support other than him. And when you have 100,000 people or even 50,000 people clamoring for Umno to ‘tumbang” or be toppled, Najib to step down, surely you will be scared if you are from Umno-BN,” PKR youth leader Zulkefly told Malaysia Chronicle.
“We have also been accused of instigating the people to call for Najib’s resignation and to hate Umno but let me ask you back. Are Malaysians so stupid? Are we like the (proverbial) 10,000 flies that eat shit? Are Malaysians so silly as to be the 10,001 fly and follow suit? The fact is Malaysians have minds of their own and if they show they want to take part in Black 505 and you can see them really enjoying themselves calling for the resignations of the PM and EC chiefs, that means they mean it.
More than before, the game now belongs to Anwar, Pakatan
However, political observers warn that it was not in Najib and Umno’s interest to apply the right solutions to Anwar’s demands or to resolve the people’s dissatisfaction over the May 5 election.
To do so would entail real reforms including re-elections in 30 dubious seats, which Umno-BN might be hard pressed to win again.
“At the end of the day, it is Najib who has to shoulder the blame for taking the nation into quick-sand it cannot get out of. He was warned to clean up the electoral system and that Malaysians would not tolerate dirty polls. But he ignored the warnings, even with the Bersih 2 and 3 rallies, he just could not give up power,” Eddie Wong, a PKR watcher, told Malaysia Chronicle.
“There is no point hoping for any real direction to come from him that can lift Malaysia out of its current quagmire. It is beyond his capability. The game now belongs to Anwar and Pakatan. Even if they are jailed, the nation won’t be united or be ready to settle down with Umno-BN anymore. Those days are simply gone. So all eyes will be on how Anwar strategizes his next moves. The people especially the young are on his side, they will listen to him. That is his trump card. And this is something that the ultimate power brokers in Umno like Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainduddin should take heed of and accept as the new political reality in Malaysia. They must let go and accept the wishes of the majority in the country.”
PLACE: PADANG MERBOK, K.L.
DATE: SATURDAY, 15 JUNE 2013
Pakatan Rakyat will write to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the police today to state their intention to hold the Kuala Lumpur leg of the ‘Black 505′ rally at Padang Merbok on June 15.
PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said, however, the coalition’s first choice for the 2pm rally would be the iconic Dataran Merdeka, about a kilometre away.
“Our wish and intention is to hold the rally at Dataran, but we take heed of the constant reminders by the police to avoid Dataran,” he said today.
“In a mutually beneficial move, we take this initiative. But if the police and DBKL do not mind, we would like to assemble at Dataran.”
He said Pakatan is choosing Padang Merbok for now to avoid going “back and forth” in negotiations, which could lead to delay.
The Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 requires that authorities be informed 10 days in advance of any gathering, and that written permission is obtained from venue owners.
IS HOLDING THE RALLY TANTAMOUNT TO TREASON? IS ATTENDING THE RALLY ALSO TREASON?
THIS IS THE MAN WHO CALLS IT TREASON.
04 June 2013| last updated at 03:50PM
Opposition’s adamant to stage rally is an act of treason
Read more: Opposition’s adamant to stage rally is an act of treason – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/opposition-s-adamant-to-stage-rally-is-an-act-of-treason-1.293348#ixzz2VOtb8jFs
THIS IS THE MAN WHO CALLS IT TREASON.
Kedah Gerakan youth chief Tan Keng Liang told FMT, “If they still go ahead with their Black 505 rally on June 15, then their action will be seen as challenging the King’s remarks and treason against the throne.”
Listen to the King, Anwar told
BN men tell the opposition leader to cancel the June 15 rally.
PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional leaders have urged Anwar Ibrahim to heed the King’s recent speech, in which he called on Malaysians to accept the May 5 polls results.
They were reacting to the Pakatan Rakyat leader’s insistence on going ahead with a rally in Kuala Lumpur on June 15 to protest against the alleged rigging of the 13th general election.
Organisers for the Kuala Lumpur leg of the ‘Black 505’ rallies will notify the police about the details of the rally according to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA).
Speaking to the press this afternoon, PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli noted that his party will be serving the notice to the police by tomorrow, which is also the deadline under the PAA.
“We will deliver the notice and (will) definitely comply with the PAA.
“We will also call a press conference tomorrow to announce the venue and details of the rally,” said the newly-elected Pandan MP.
According to Rafizi, the rally will carry three main objectives, which are:
- To demand all the commissioners of the Election Commission (EC) to resign immediately;
- To demand a fresh election to be held in 30 parliamentary seats that are suspected of electoral fraud; and
- To demand to hold the redelination process before a new EC is appointed.
PKR is calling for a mass rally in Kuala Lumpur on June 15 in protest of alleged electoral fraud during the GE13.
Bersih previously had held two massive rallies in downtown Kuala Lumpur to urge electoral reform prior to the 13th general election.
Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga said that the electoral reform pressure group will support the ‘Black 505’ rally held by Pakatan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur should it aim to urge the Election Commission (EC) to resign.
Ambiga said that Bersih has yet to get know the aims of the rally, which will be held on June 15.
“We don’t know, we believe one of the aims as they said earlier is to ask the EC to resign. If that’s the case, we will support such a move because we think the EC should resign,” she told the press after Bersih failed to meet Immigration Department director-general Alias Ahmad this morning.
Ambiga also stressed that Bersih maintains its stand that everyone has the constitutional right to hold a rally.
The Kuala Lumpur leg of the ‘Black 505′ rallies can go ahead provided that the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is complied with, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
“If (PKR de facto leader) Anwar (Ibrahim) plans to have it within the premise of the Act, then police will allow it,” he told reporters today.
He was asked to comment on the rally which is being planned, despite the Agong’s call for all to accept the results of the 13th general election.
Anwar said yesterday that details of rally – whether in a stadium or on the streets – are yet to be decided.
The Act requires that authorities be given 10 days’ notice before any such gathering, while written permission must be obtained from the owner of the planned venue.
KL BLACKOUT 505 RALLY, SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2013
The rally will continue a series of protests around the country against alleged electoral fraud. Dubbed ‘Black 505′, it kicked off in Kelana Jaya, Selangor, on May 8.
Pakatan Rakyat will hold a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest alleged electoral fraud in the 13th general election held on May 5.
“We have decided to support an initiative to hold a peaceful rally in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of June 15,” PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim told a press conference after the Pakatan leadership council meeting this afternoon.
He said the coalition will engage with inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and security agencies to ensure that the rally is peaceful.
Asked if this will be held in a stadium or if it will be a street demonstration, Anwar replied that the rally secretariat will furnish details in due course.
Anwar also announced that Pakatan will holding a day-long convention for all its MPs and state assemblypersons on June 23, also in Kuala Lumpur.
The coalition will further back Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s suggestion that a state committee of inquiry be set up in Pakatan-led states to investigate allegations of electoral fraud.
However, he said this will be subject to the consideration of the three states – Penang, Selangor and Kelantan – as to whether such a committee is necessary.
BN wrote King’s speech to solicit support, says Anwar
PETALING JAYA, June 3 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech calling for the people to accept Election 2013’s result came from the prime minister and his “desperate” Barisan Nasional (BN) government, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
Anwar’s comments come after Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah said last week that he wants the people of this country to accept the results of the 13th general election (GE13) which they themselves have determined.
“In ‘menjunjung kasih’ (honouring with love) His Royal Highness’ speech … the speech was the speech of a federal government which is desperate for support,” Anwar told reporters here.
“You understand that the constitution provision of this country is that the King’s speech is normally prepared by the Prime Minister’s Department, cleared by the prime minister, submitted by the Prime Minister’s Office, for the consideration of the King.”
Free Malaysia Today
Anwar vows to rally on despite King’s remarks
While the opposition leader ‘appreciates’ the King’s remarks, he however believes it is prepared by the government.
PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today announced a June 15 rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest the alleged fraud in the elections despite the King wanting Malaysians to accept the May 5 polls results.
In dismissing Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah’s remarks, he claimed the text was prepared by the Barisan Nasional-led government, and not the King himself.
“While we do appreciate the remarks by the King, we understand that the text is prepared by the government desperate to solicit support from all areas possible,” Anwar told a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters here today.
“The King’s speech is normally prepared by the Prime Minister’s Department, cleared by the prime minister, and submitted by the prime minister to the King,” he added.
But Anwar said if necessary, he would write a letter to the King to explain how Pakatan was compelled to hold the rallies due to the “excessive fraud” in the election.
On Saturday, Tuanku Abdul Halim said that the act of casting doubts on the Election Commission was “very dangerous and might cause a never-ending conflict”.
“Don’t weaken and destroy our constitutional monarchy system, parliamentary democracy and federal philosophy which all this while have formed the basic ingredients for Malaysia’s success,” the King said in a speech carried live by RTM that night.