Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Black 505 Rally on May 25th

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For the first time, over 60 non-governmental organisations, including Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) and Bersih, came together with Pakatan Rakyat figures on Saturday to stage a defiant Black 505 rally that has been described as the climax of a series of massive rallies that began in Kelana Jaya on May 08, followed by similar events in almost all the states in peninsula Malaysia. On Saturday, more than 50,000 people converged onto Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya to protest the alleged electoral fraud during GE13.

This video clip of the said event provides snippets of speeches by Ambiga Sreenevasan, Tian Chua and Haris Ibrahim:

These rallies tell those in power that Malaysians in general, are upset and unhappy with the electoral irregularities and they are making themselves heard. Woe to the UMNO government if it continues to wallow in self-denial because there is a limit to the people’s tolerance.

Democracy although mortally wounded, is not dead yet but it will be if we allowed it. Malaysians must continue the fight or else all hope die and that will be a sad day for a nation that has so much promise. Arise, fellow Malaysians for the day of reckoning is upon us!

On May 22, 2013, the Election Commission gazetted the official results of the election. Under Malaysia’s laws, the result of an election can only be challenged by an election petition which must be filed within 21 days of the gazettement. So let the aggrieved parties (i.e. Pakatan Rakyat) prepare their evidence and file their petitions. Let’s see if the Malaysian judiciary can find the courage to uphold justice.

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