Saturday, July 16, 2011

Generation 709

This morning, I was at the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting. I took on the role of Table Topics evaluator at the last minute, replacing another member who could not come. This was only the second meeting for the new term, and already, this club has secured ten new membership applications. Indeed, they made their recruitment drive seemed so effortless. And naturally, I as their Vice President of Membership is filled with boundless joy.

People leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for the late Baharuddin near KLCC. Image credit: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/print/malaysia/generation-709-walks-in-justice-for-dead-bersih-marcher/

On the first-week anniversary of Bersih 2.0’s electoral rally today, a group of supporters calling themselves Generation 709 re-enacted part of the walk from KLCC Park to Avenue K across the road in memory of fellow marcher Baharuddin Ahmad who died on July 09.

Led by Youth for Change secretary Lee Khai Loon, some 30 members of the public joined in the five-minute walk. Most were dressed in the canary color, in answer to Bersih 2.0 chief Ambiga Sreenevasan’s previous call for them to show support by making every Saturday a “yellow” day.

Lee said the new grassroots movement was also backing the call to free Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s six members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, and demanded the police apologize for their uncalled for actions over the Bersih affair.

He said the group will be “maximizing” social media use, including Facebook and Twitter, to reach out to more Malaysian youths across the country and abroad for their support. It is good that the fires of protest continue to burn - Baharuddin Ahmad must not die in vain!

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