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Anwar: Yes, we instigate the people
The opposition leader says that Pakatan Rakyat instigates the people to defend their rights and stand up against ‘robbers’.
Among others, he said the mainstream media had painted him and other opposition leaders as instigators and warned the public against heeding their calls.
“Yes, we instigate the people. We instigate them to stand up for their rights, we instigate them to rise up against ‘robbers’ and if this is wrong, then we are prepared to face the consequences,” he bellowed.
Criticising the Star newspaper for omitting certain portions of US President Barack Obama’s message to Najib with regard to the general election, Anwar, however, stressed that the fate of this nation rests on the shoulders of Malaysians, and not the Americans or the Japanese.
He also asked those present if the opposition should stop pursuing the issue of electoral fraud.
“I am asking you a serious question… Do you want us to end this or continue [with our struggle]?” he asked, to which the crowd responded with a thunderous “continue”.
“Fine… We shall continue then,” retorted Anwar. “At the very minimum, we want re-election for the 30 seats which we dispute… but we reject the 13th general election result,” he added.
Calling for the EC top brass’ resignation, the Pakatan Rakyat supremo said: “Clean elections, my foot! We want the EC to resign or we would give you [EC] an ultimatum… listen, listen, listen.”
After eight successful Blackout 505 series of rallies nationwide, its ninth and final itineration – dubbed the ‘People’s Gathering’ – will be held at 5pm in Petaling Jaya today.
The rally, in which NGO Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) is among its main organisers, is to protest against alleged electoral fraud and misconduct in the recent general election.
Prior rallies have regularly drawn five-figure crowd numbers, of which the largest was held at the Kelana Jaya stadium several kilometres away from today’s rally venue. Some 120,000 had attended that rally on May 8 – whether within the overcrowded stadium or beyond.
For today’s rally, the venue Dataran Petaling Jaya has a maximum standing capacity of about 80,000.
If the previous rallies are of any indication, the crowd tonight is likely to spill onto the surrounding streets as well.
11.45pm – After seven hours, the Suara Rakyat 505 rally came to a close with everyone singing Negaraku.
Prior to that, emcee Badrul Hisham Shaharin says he needs 500,000 volunteers for an event he called “March to EC”, hinting that there are far bigger rallies being planned.
11.20pm – In a show of humility, Anwar Ibrahim tells the crowd that he is sorry that Pakatan Rakyat was not able to form the federal government.
“So some of our plans can’t be implemented because of that,” he said.
Regardless, Anwar (left) says that Pakatan will never give up and that it was BN who should be accepting defeat.
He says that the White House had congratulated Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak with a condition: That the polls must be free and fair.
“That’s why the EC must resign now! Now! Now!” he said.
He said that Monday is the last day for the public to lodge police reports on electoral fraud and urge them to do so, particularly over the fact that “indelible ink” was removable.
He added that there will be a few more Black 505 rallies left.
“Do we go on or stop here?” he asks, to which the crowd replied “Go on!”.
He then promises that any mobilisation of the people will be done peacefully.
11.05pm – Emcee Badrul Hisham Shaharin has called for the Dataran PJ floodlamps to be switched off and for rally participants to whip out their phones and lighters to light up the venue.
The idea is to celebrate the release of Adam Adli, a student activist accused by the state of sedition. He is Penang now to visit his ailing mother.
“We will shine a path for democracy,” he said, while estimating that the crowd size has now swelled to 70,000.
The crowd oblige and the wave their electronic devices. Looks like a swarm of fireflies.
10.45pm – Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (left) says that the Election Commission must pay for their “crimes”.
“You can never escape the clutches of the law,” she said.
She said Pakatan had scored a moral victory on May 5 but the coalition and their supporters still have much to do.
“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do,” she said.
She adds that Pakatan will continue to mobilise the public to ensure that BN doesn’t get its way when the electoral boundaries are re-drawn.
10.40pm – Haris Ibrahim urges the crowd to boycott media organisations that are lobsided or aligned to BN.
Following this, he announced that the Asalkan Bukan Umno group has prepared a video clip to show how BN had cheated during the general election.
“We want you to bring this video to the rural areas, to show how they were being cheated by BN,” said Haris.
10.30pm – After sharing a cell in Jinjang, Tian Chua (left) and Haris Ibrahim share the stage together.
“Don’t think that these arrests will scare the people. We will not be cowed.
“It is not us that are afraid. It is they, for they are holding to power without legitimacy,” said Chua.
10.20pm – Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan says she was not scheduled to speak today but the recent arrest of Adam Adli, Tian Chua, Haris Ibrahim and Tamrin Ghaffar had moved her to do so.
He urges those with evidence of electoral fraud to approach Bersih’s people’s tribunal.
“If the EC has any dignity left, they must resign now. (The failure of the) indelible ink is reason enough,” she said.
9.45pm – Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli (left) says there would not be enough jails for the government to incarcerate all those who voice out against electoral fraud.
Rafizi, who chairs Pakatan’s committee to probe electoral fraud, says that people have lost confidence in the EC because the have broken their vows.
“If the rakyat says there is fraud, isn’t it their duty to investigate?” asks Rafizi.
He says that Pakatan will be filing about 29 election petitions and strongly hinted that Bersih 4.0 might involve occupying Dataran Merdeka.
9.30pm – The Dataran PJ field has now reached saturation point. Emcee Badrul Hisham Shaharin (right) announces that there are 50,000 people in attendance.
9.25pm – Blues singer Ito, from the Blues Gang fame, belts out “Ubah Sekarang” to which the crowd responds by waving their hands in unison.
9.20pm – Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh (left in photo) is speaking now and she said that the Election Commission chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusoff is living off public funds.
She says that his wages will not be “halal” if the EC continues to disregard public opinion.
THE PEOPLE’S FESTIVAL/BLACKOUT505
Saturday, 25 May 2013
in front of Amcorp Mall
25-5-2013 Himpunan Blackout 505!