916 at the Kelana Jaya Stadium

16 09 2008

I have just arrived back home from the Kelana Jaya Stadium where some 30,000 people gathered for a peaceful but loud anti ISA (Internal Security Act) rally. Among the speakers were Member of Parliament Lim Guan Eng, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, Menteri Besar of Selangor Khalid Ibrahim and the newly installed member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh and opposition leader, Datuk Anwar Ibrahim. The gathering also celebrates the formation of Malaysia when the states of Sabah and Sarawak join the Federated Malay States and Singapore back in 1963 (Singapore seceded 2 years later to form it’s own country). I shall post pictures and my side of the story here tomorrow.

An update before I leave, Anwar Ibrahim hinted that he has asked to meet up with Barisan National leader and Malaysia’s current Prime Minister, Datuk Abdullah Badawi to discuss a peaceful and smooth power transition to a government led by Parti Rakyat! Will I wake up to a new government tomorrow morning? Only time will tell.

I arrived at the Stadium just after 8 p.m expecting to find a large crowd and few parking spots but surprisingly I managed to get a parking spot at the parking lot next to the stadium. Walking into the stI found that only a fraction of the crowd I had expected to be there. Could it have been the rain that just stopped deterred the Pakatan supporters from joining the rally?

Anti ISA poster boy

Anti ISA poster boy

Free Teresa poster

Free Teresa poster

Around the Stadium there were posters of Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Teresa Kok, MP (DAP) for Siputeh who have both become the most recent and high profile ISA detainees.Up near the grandstand I discovered that they had set up a press section. It would really be ironic if any of them get arrested for reporting todays event hahaha! Out in the middle of the field the muslims in attendence that night were readying to start the Terawih prayers. Prayers started at around 8.30 p.m and lasted for almost an hour.

Although at this point the crowd was still small, I noticed that it was multiracial which was evry heartening. People from all walks of life came to celebrate Malaysia Day and support the Anti ISA  movement.

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