Sunday, November 11, 2007

BERSIH rally at Dataran Merdeka

Now, I know photojournalism is the hardest category of photography.

10/11/2007 (Sat)
Having heard of this rally from the internet, I pack up camera, plastic bag(to cover the camera), and off to Dataran Merdeka.

At 8 a.m. I took a bus from my hostel to campus, then midway, roadblock, shit, cause i was wearing a yellow shirt, but the police didn't stop the bus, probably because it was a Uni bus. By the way, i went to campus because i have exam on that day.

At 12.40 p.m. Finally arrived at Central Market after enduring traffic jam caused by the road block by the police. Wandering around Central Market, then a lot of policemen with bat were patrolling in a group of 4.

At 1 something, Dataran Merdeka was already closed, i guess since early morning.

Dataran Merdeka with loads of FRU lorries around

A few helicopters wandering around Dataran Merdeka to monitor the situation from the air.

Then at Masjid Jamek, there already thousands of people there.

Foreign journalists were present for this historic day

Crowds at Masjid Jamek

By the way, read more comprehensive report at, malaysia-today, water-cannon video, tear-gas video, and of course goverment-owned thestar. It's a shame for the local journalists, if you read or view the local media station report about this rally. They quote only 4,000 people showed up, but i think the real figure was over 30,000.

This is a milestone for the country's democratic process, the people has shouted their will, and will continuosly demand for democracy.

" People should not be afraid of the goverment, the goverment should be afraid of the people. " - Quote from V for Vendetta you'll most probably heard of.


M Fitri M Shukri said...

It is good to know that a fellow MWinger were there too during the BERSIH Rally. Nice sets of photos too. I've yet to properly upload mine on the web.
Did you manage to march to the Istana Negara too?

Lawrenz L said...

Hi, no, i didn't get to Istana Negara. We were all box in.. Nevertheless, i'm glad others made it to hand the memorandum.

Btw, congrats for the interview with Asia Times..

M Fitri M Shukri said...

My BERSIH photos are up at Flickr,

My photos not so bersih! Mostly setting at ISO800 for the gloomy day, and still some got camera shake!

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