Monday, August 29, 2016

The #TangkapMO1 Rally







































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On Saturday, the long-awaited student-led #TangkapMO1 rally kicked off from two protest landmarks, i.e. the Sogo Shopping Complex and Masjid Negara before demonstrators converged within the vicinity of barricaded Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.
 
The #Tangkap MO1 rally idea was initiated and organized by undergraduates – young faces which have never been in the limelight before. Some have dubbed it as the rally by ordinary students. Maybe so, but they bring forth extraordinary goals.
 
Organized by a coalition of student groups, the #TangkapMO1 rally is aimed at pressuring authorities to take action against the so-called “Malaysian Official 1”.
 
In the US Department of Justice’s civil lawsuit filed last month, “Malaysian Official 1” was identified as a high-ranking government official with authority in 1MDB, but the individual was not named.
 
A similar rally, the TangkapNajib protest, ended prematurely last year when police pre-emptively arrested rally participants.
 
This time, close to two thousand participants – a big majority of them were university students – had come to the rally to demand the arrest of Malaysian Official #1, despite police warnings that the rally was illegal supposedly in violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
 
Even the posters and banners carried by the students did not mince their messages to the powers that be, and the students also chanted slogans which said what they actually came to do – Tangkap MO1.
 
I note that the students had stood up to speak as citizens of Malaysia and not as members of any political party.
 
“Your presence made me believe in the power of the people,” said rally spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof atop a Toyota Hilux pickup truck that led the march.
 
That about sums up the #TangkapMO1 rally. I wish I was there too.
 
On that day too, Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comprehensive victory over last season's runners-up, Aberdeen.
 
The champions' early domination led to Leigh Griffiths' driven opener in the thirteenth minute. The lead was promptly cancelled when Adam Rooney exposed defensive frailty to give the Dons a surprise equalizer in the thirty-second minute.
 
Still, Celtic pressed on. James Forrest's clever finish (42) and Scott Sinclair's penalty (87) – after the sending off of Mark Reynolds – secured the win before Tom Rogic curled in a fourth (90).

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