Friday, August 31, 2012

Gabungan Janji @ Merdeka Square vicinity

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Last night, more than five thousand Bersih supporters under the Gabungan Janji banner gathered near Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square to show their support for clean and fair elections and join other Malaysians to usher in Merdeka. PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and PKR lawmakers Tian Chua and Fuziah Salleh were there. And not forgeting national laureate Samad Said who recited "Janji Demokrasi" which was composed for this year's independence day celebrations. The poet, who is also co-chairman of Bersih, was seen wiping away his tears during the recital.

The organizers distributed song sheets mocking the song chosen by the BN government for this year's theme "Janji Ditepati" and the mainly yellow-clad protestors were chanting and blowing vivuzelas as well as distributing yellow flowers before joining others to shout "Merdeka" at the stroke of midnight. [Sadly, Merdeka Square itself was cordoned off and Malaysians were once again prevented from accessing it].

I am so thrilled that for the first time Celtic has qualified for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League competition since the 2008-2009 season. It’s been four years in waiting and I can tell you it’s a great feeling to know we have qualified!

Celtic already had one foot in the tournament proper after last week’s 2-0 win over Sweden’s Helsingborg and they finished the job in style on Wednesday, with another victory by the same scoreline completing a 4-0 aggregate success.

In the second leg opener, Celtic waited only half an hour for Georgios Samaras to present a mis-hit Scott Brown shot into the path of Gary Hooper, who had the most simple of tasks to tap home from close range. Then Victor Wanyama sealed victory when he headed in a Kris Commons cross in the 88th minute.

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