12 January 2013

Pakatan ikrar angkat martabat rakyat ke Putrajaya...

Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berikrar Pakatan Rakyat akan mengangkat martabat rakyat ke Putrajaya, supaya tidak lagi dizalimi kerajaan korup Umno BN.

Beliau menyeru rakyat bersatu untuk menukar corak pentadbiran negara sebaik membentuk Kerajaan Persekutuan baru pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 (PRU 13).

“Umno BN sudah diberi peluang, rakyat cukup bersabar. Kini kita rayu (kepada) saudara, beri peluang agar suara keramat tadbir negara ini.


“Masa untuk diakhirkan penyelewengan dan rasuah Umno BN. Kita nak angkat martabat rakyat. Itulah makna suara rakyat, suara keramat,” katanya berucap pada Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat petang ini, di hadapan 100,000 rakyat yang membanjiri dalam dan luar Stadium Merdeka.

Tegas Anwar, Pakatan juga berikrar setulus hati untuk tidak izinkan sesiapa merompak wang rakyat dan negara jika menang PRU.

“Kalau ini (penyelewengan) boleh dikawal (dan dihapuskan), nasib rakyat dari Perlis ke Sabah, saya yakin taraf hidup semua rakyat dapat kita angkat,” sambungnya.- keadilandaily

Photo: 4.14pm – Opposition Leader and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim finally takes the stage to address the excited crowd.

Recalling all the promises offered by Pakatan including the abolition of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) and reduction of petrol price, he appeals to the people to give the opposition coalition the opportunity to lead the government.

“We ask for the chance (to rule the nation), so that the people's voice will become the sacred voice in ruling this country. Suara rakyat, suara keramat (people's voice is the sacred voice),” says Anwar, stressing that Pakatan will listen to all the wishes of the people.

Anwar also mentions that Pakatan would support multiple stream education system if it captures Putrajaya.

Citing Mandarin as example, he says Mandarin is not only the language for Chinese ethnic group, but also an important economic language in this globalised world.

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Rally ends peacefully...

The opposition-organised Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat began at Stadium Merdeka here this afternoon without any problems.

Almost 100,000 people in and around the stadium have packed the historic venue to hear speeches from Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Earlier at 1.48pm, the police estimated 30,000 people were inside the stadium with some 5,000 still outside. A large group of supporters numbering about 15,000 were still marching to the stadium.

They had marched from eight different locations in the city, namely Masjid Negara, Universiti Malaysia mosque, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Jalan Sultan, Central Market, Kampung Baru and Dataran Merdeka.

By 2.15pm, with about 50,000 people inside the stadium, a series of speeches started. By 3pm, the crowd size inside and outside the stadium rose to about 100,000.

 Orang Asli among the participants. – Picture by Choo Choy May

Many Pakatan leaders, including PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, were also in the stadium.

Other leaders included PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, PAS’ Mahfuz Omar, DAP’s Teresa Kok, Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga and many others.

The mass gathering today for the first time witnessed the absence of the Federal Reserve Unit, usually used for crowd control. Only traffic policemen were clearly visible directing traffic and ensuring the city remained free of traffic congestion due to the rally.

Light shower just before the rally failed to dampen the spirit of the opposition supporters, as they braved the rain to join the rally.

The event was also incident-free except for a report from Utusan Malaysia this morning which said that a bomb was found outside KLCC, which was eventually detonated by the police.

However Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainuddin Ahmad dismissed reports that two bombs were found in the city.

“It was just bags filled with papers. No explosives were found,” he told a press conference here.


Carnival-like atmosphere

Meanwhile, inside the stadium, a number of PAS’s Unit Amal personnel walked around to collect funds for the stadium’s RM100,000 rental.

“Donation, donation for stadium,” they said with loud speakers.

“We have to pay RM100,000 today, so we plead for public to donate money,” one of them added.

Outside the stadium, the situation was more carnival-like as vendors set up foodstalls on the road leading to the stadium.


Thousands of protesters who could not enter the stadium were seen carrying banners on various issues such as stateless Indians, oil royalty and the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

Meanwhile, Save Jalan Sultan committee member Stanley Yeong told FMT that they were in full solidarity with the 10 demands made at the rally today.


“The demands to preserve the kampung culture actually fits into our struggle,” he said.

The rally ended at 5pm after the reading of the 10 demands. PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat, one of the very last speakers, thanked the police for their cooperation in ensuring the rally proceeded peacefully.

The crowd was then asked to disperse peacefully at the end of the rally, with the police once again guiding them out with the traffic. - FMT


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