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505 rallies show how much rakyat want change

YOURSAY 'The BN government should take note of the large crowd and do something more positive than keep harping on race.'

Record crowd throngs Penang's Black 505 rally

your sayMahashitla: Pakatan Rakyat has proven again that it can organise mega-rallies of over 100,000 people peacefully without interference.

They were people of different ethnic groups and they gathered there for a common purpose, wanting free and fair elections, and showing their protest to the mother of all frauds in GE13.

The police should consider helping in traffic control and be seen as pro-rakyat even though a permit was unreasonably not given. Perhaps Pakatan should put some men to be traffic marshals if our police are not cooperative.

Appum: I think the BN government should sit up and take note of the large crowd and do something more positive than keep harping on race.

I'm sure most of the people who went there didn't do so just because of the presence of the Pakatan leaders. Umno-BN, when are you going to learn to read the situation correctly?

Unmasked: The GE13 vote tally clearly shows that Malaysia is governed by the minority over the majority. What democracy are we practising?

MajuUbah: Pakatan leaders, especially Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and Mat Sabu, you have made your points loud and clear. The majority of the rakyat support you. That's proven.

However, you lost the GE. Now is the time for solid evidence (of electoral fraud). Enough of the rallies.

Make sure Pakatan puts the highest priority in getting the Election Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the judiciary to be really independent. Stop dragging the rakyat to the street. They need to work for their living.

Iamleavingbutdecidedtostay: Is Premier Najib Abdul Razak listening? No. I guess he is too busy wondering from where former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's deadly arrow is going to come from. The majority must prevail. We need another Bersih get-together.

Hman: I have full admiration for the participants. I hope the BN government is convinced now that they must do something immediately to clean up the mess they have made.

I do hope that regardless of who we are, let no one take advantage of this situation to divide us again using the racial politics of the past. Racism is fast becoming a dinosaur. BN, please wake up - for your own good.

Platform_sinking: We need to find out the owners of the two big lorries parked side by side which blocked the road. Five people fainted and it was tough getting out. There was no reason for the two lorries to be there.

Fairplayer: A little bit of mathematical calculation to redistribute the pro-Pakatan voters to constituencies that can be helped by a few hundred or a few thousand Pakatan votes.

Pakatan must set up a team to contact their potential supporters from the high-majority urban seats won, inviting them to join the fight against Umno's/BN's crooked schemes and cheating.

Surely Pakatan can outdo and counter Umno's cheating. Pakatan must outdo the crooks.

Two Eye Ball: Yes, what Fairplayer said is correct. Pakatan must brainstorm how to overcome this massive cheating and must counter-attack them in all directions.

Getting the EC to be independent is all good but do you honestly think that Umno will allow that to happen? You and I already know the answer to that.

If Pakatan don't get it right in the next GE, the future of the majority of Malaysians will be very dark and gloomy.

Anonymous #09239123: And go after the National Registration Department (NRD) and the Home Ministry. They are the ones who rampantly issue MyKads to foreigners.

Anonymous_4031: Mahathir said that Anwar should be ‘buried' in Permatang Pauh, Penang, and Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah, Johor. So what happened?

Mahathir's own ‘proteges' were buried in Shah Alam and Pasir Mas. Note, too, that MCA was buried. Gerakan was buried. PPP was buried. MIC was buried. SUPP was buried. And Umno is about to be buried.

In spite of pouring taxpayers' money into Selangor, using government machinery and civil servants, Najib was swept away by the tsunami of voters.

Please do not use a red herring to divert attention from your failure. Yes, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was right - there is a trust deficit. Voters do not trust you.

Onyourtoes: I appreciate the big crowd turning up. But I think the organisers must take precautions on safety and crowd dispersal.

We can't wait for a tragedy to happen, accidentally or by design. The police cannot wash their hands, whether they are happy with the rally or not. It is still their job and responsibility.

Mushiro: Congratulations to the rakyat of Penang for this massive peaceful rally. History is being created. I noticed in Kelana Jaya the very prominent absence of traffic police during the rally. And it looks like it was the same in Batu Kawan.

So are the police working for the rakyat or helping Umno to steal the rakyat's right to free and fair elections?

Penang-Boy: I am very happy to hear that 85 percent at the rally were young Malaysians. It gives me hope that what we may not achieve now will be achieved by them. We need to change, to be truly Malaysians. Ubah!

TimeForChange: It is well and good to hold these rallies to show the Umno-BN side that the will to change of the Malaysian rakyat will continue to grow stronger with each rally. If the EC/Umno fellows continue to live in denial and show their arrogance, I think that they will live to regret it.

By the way, can the organisers of these rallies help the attendees by announcing that the people leave in batches, ie those that have cars parked further away should leave first to clear the way for those following behind?

Let us show the police that the rakyat are disciplined enough even if the police do not assist.

LJC: I am so far away from Malaysia and witnessing this history in the making through Malaysiakini, and I am torn and depressed that I am unable to be with my brothers and sisters of all shades and colours fighting to gain true independence, freedom and liberty from the shackles of a police state.

I can sense your frustration and your jubilation in your struggle to rid Malaysia from the subtle tyranny that bent on keeping us divided, so that a small group of people can get rich while majority of us have to get by with pennies.

My prayers are with you, my brothers and sisters, and I know victory is around the corner. God bless all you and the land we call home - Malaysia.


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