Monday, June 4, 2012

Re-enacting the Tiananmen Square Scene

Reuters pic

Protesters re-enact a scene in front of a mock tank in New York on June 3, 2012 to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests which occurred in China on June 04, 1989.

After UMNO boasted it drew a 100,000 turnout at its 66th anniversary bash in Kuala Lumpur – I did blog about it in my May 13, 2012 post titled “UMNO in Red” – PAS followed it up with their own mammoth Himpunan Hijau ke Putrajaya (Green Rally to Putrajaya) gathering which saw green-clad PAS supporters flood Stadium Darul Aman in Alor Setar on Friday. Malaysiakini estimated the crowd size to be around 50,000 although some Chinese dailies puts the figure at 100,000.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin dismissed the rally as a sign of PAS’ support. He scoffed: “Figures is one thing, but what does it signify? There may have been payment to supporters to mobilise them from all over the country."

He’s a sad case really – still carrying the belief that PAS is no different from UMNO, where the latter has to bribe members to attend their own gathering. Didn’t I read somewhere that 2,000 buses ferried UMNO members and supporters, and that they received free hotel accommodation and pocket money too?

I suppose Muhyiddin said what he did because he was already spooked by Bersih 3.0 and now, the PAS event in Kedah is sending shivers down his spine.

That explains why Muhyiddin sounded the alarm when he said “The upcoming general election is life or death. It’s the rise or fall of BN all over the country” – and trying very hard to get BN members to gear up for the 13th national polls that must be called by April next year.

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