Green march - rakyat are doing it for themselves

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YOURSAY 'The spontaneous support by such a wide section of the Malaysian public must surely elicit a positive response from the powers-that-be.'

20,000 join green march against Lynas

your say Lamborghini: We are seeing a new chapter in our nation's history being written right before our eyes.

There is real hope for Malaysia when the ordinary citizens initiate an action that unite together Malaysians of all diverse backgrounds, races, religions with no other agenda than the desire to speak out against something that is clearly a danger and threat to the well-being of our children and future generations.

And the spontaneous support by such a big and wide section of the Malaysian public must surely elicit a positive and sensitive response from the powers-that-be.

But no, all we are getting is more barricades from DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) and loud threats from the police. These 'civil servants" who are meant to serve the rakyat have become slaves to their political masters.

People's power is on the rise and the will and voice of the people will eventually triumph over the narrow, selfish agendas of a few who are prepared to sacrifice the well-being of our nation for personal gains.

FellowMalaysian: I feel rather emotional that we have to walk for days and trekked 300km come rain or shine in order to send the message that we are seriously concerned about the harmful activities of the Lynas rare earth processing plant.

The authorities may continue to turn a blind eye but they will not be able to stop the will of the people.

Himpunan Hijau has done well in fostering awareness of the government's keenness in accepting an industry which the Australian people has outrightly rejected. I say 'Syabas Malaysia' to the enlightened marchers and other participants.

Jean Pierre: Beautiful!

Hermit: Thank you to the marchers and thank you to Himpunan Hijau, whose courage must be emulated by all right-thinking Malaysians.

This momentum built up by all right-thinking Malaysians must continue on until the general election is called. It takes great sacrifice and courage for Himpunan Hijau to march 300km from PM Najib Razak's home state.

Broken Foot: Yet again, we see a fine display of Malaysians from all walks of life rallying peacefully for a common cause. It is heartening to see this change of our social consciousness and that we are willing to demonstrate our displeasure.

It augurs well for the future of this nation. Far too long the people in power has practice the 'divide and rule' policy and always highlighting our differences rather than what is common among us. This 'new' idea proposed by Pakatan Rakyat is catching on.

The authorities has been caught flat footed this time by not anticipating how popular this Himpunan Hijau march was going to be. They didn't have time to plant 'agent provocateurs' that caused havoc as in previous rallies.

A quote from Victor Hugo - "No army can stop an idea whose time has come."

Headhunter: The rakyat are now empowering themselves and are no longer afraid of threats from the Najib government.

This is a good thing because we have been cowed for too long. They are now afraid of us because the threat of losing the next election is very real and soon we will be able to demand they pay for their crimes. Their past will haunt them.

Dr Tan Kee Kwong: I was with the marchers from Maju Junction to Dataran Merdeka. What a wonderful sight to see all Malaysians showed their frustration against Lynas.

Believe me, as a medical doctor, the hazards of radiation are real and serious. It may take years to manifest.

For this march, thank you to the police for leaving us alone to demonstrate our frustration against the BN government that only think of profits at the expense of all citizens.

If the plant is so safe, why not put it next to PM Najib Razak's house in Jalan Duta. Or put it in Bentong, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai's ‘kawasan'?

Lim Chong Leong: Lynas already shipped in their poison under police guard. Our government does not care two hoots to the 20,000 or 200,000 who turn up yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.

Money already in their pocket, so they must carry out their side of the bargain, that is selling away our health and safety. Vote them out. That is the only way.

Swipenter: I feeling good reading this thread. I wish I was there.

Cheong Sai Fah: The least we can do is to drive to a nearby location and walk to Dataran Merdeka to show our support. Those of us who are far away from the Lynas plant may not feel their urgency.

These marchers are determined and must be genuinely concerned for their safety.

Apa Ini? : Dang Wangi police chief Zainuddin Ahmad, we know you are only following orders but you must learn that there are times when there's the law and then there's the spirit of the law.

Your job is to ensure the safety of all Malaysians. Do you expect these weary walkers to break out into a fight with their raincoats and shoes and plastic bottles?

Can't you organise them in an orderly way to sit and rest in the middle of Dataran Merdeka? You would also be able to monitor the situation and ensure a peaceful sit-in that way.

Take a bit of advice from the Johor Bahru police who helped conduct a peaceful assembly at the Bersih 3.0 protest there.

Anonymous_5fb: Himpunan Hijau leader Wong Tack, you are the man. I salute you. Take care and good luck. You are our hero.

Anonymous #23456263: It's timely and fantastic that the rakyat are taking control of their destiny and the future of the nation. If Lynas is not good for Australia, it's also no good for Malaysia.

We are not a waste dump. What are we gaining from this project when Lynas is given tax-free status? In the future, we may find it almost impossible to clean up all the radioactive waste left behind.

How do you remove isotopes that permeates into fishes and plants? Whatever little we gain will be totally negated by the costs of restoration.

Daud: Many people do not have Malaysiakini access and are totally unaware of this event.

Spread the news that Malaysians care and Malaysians can be proud that all, regardless of race and religion, are standing up for their own future in this blessed land.

RAW: I am glad to see that Malaysians of all races are united on this issue, as they should be.

Twenty or 30 years ago, when I was in my youth, when every issue (yes, even an environmental issue) would be made racial, I often wondered if there would ever be a time when common sense would prevail over racial politics.

I am glad that my pessimism then is now proven wrong.

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