Monday, December 5, 2011

Almost Dry

On December 03, 2011, despite what appeared to be attempts by the KLCC management to cause inconveniences, some 200 people gathered to protest against the Peaceful Assembly Bill including DAP leaders: Party supremo Lim Kit Siang and MPs and state assemblypersons such as Teo Nie Ching, Charles Santiago, Tony Pua, Teresa Kok, Ean Yong Hian Wah and Ronnie Liu.

KLCC had cordoned off its compound – ostensibly for a cleaning operation, including the area the protestors used the week before. And as the protestors huddled in a nearby area to listen to national laureate, Pak Samad recite his poems – the Bersih poem, ‘Unggun Bersih’ and followed by his latest poem in tribute to the Occupy movement, Merindu Ruang (Missing Space) – the complex management turned on water sprinklers on the ground where they stood. Undaunted, those who were caught in the sprays shielded themselves with umbrellas and continued to listen to Pak Samad. Shame on you, KLCC Management!

Protests against the Peaceful Assembly Bill were not confined to just Kuala Lumpur. On November 27, more than 100 people had gathered at the Penang Speakers’ Square to stage a similar protest, which was organized by human rights group Suaram,with the presence of state executive and municipal (MPPP) councillors and assemblypersons including DAP’s Tanjung elected representative Chow Kon Yeow, Komtar rep Ng Wei Aik, Kebun Bunga’s Jason Ong, MPPP councillors Ong Ah Teong and Lim Mah Hui and Lim Lean Geok Foundation chairperson Toh Kin Woon.

Even Sabahans have joined the growing legion of Malaysians against the Peaceful Assembly Bill. On November 29, some one hundred activitsis and supporters of three causes including the anti-Assembly Bill, rampant land-grabs and the government's refusal to initiate an RCI on illegal immigrants gathered at the famed Mojuntin Square at the Donggongon township in Penampang to voice their dissatisfaction.

Photo Patipat Janthong in Bangkok Post, December 04, 2011.

You can still get into deep water, as the owner of this Mercedes Benz near Don Mueang airport found out, but Thailand’s prime minister says the Bangkok area is draining nicely and will be completely dry by New Year's Eve. She mustn't just think of Bangkok but the rest of the country too! Don't be selfish, Yingluck Shinawatra!

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