Several hundred people gathered at Dataran Merdeka on Monday night demanding the release of Maria Chin. On Tuesday, the number grew to possibly more than a thousand. It is a good turnout I think. I hope the crowd size will double tomorrow.

The crowd shouted “Reformasi!” last night as they gathered on the edge of Dataran Merdeka to demand the release of Maria Chin. About 20 years ago, the term was so full of anti-Mahathir context. “Not today however,” History said, smirking as she played a joke on all of us. Having the crowd crying out reformasi on Monday evening made the atmosphere […]

This edition of Bersih, felt less carnival-like unlike last year. Nevertheless, Bangsar still had the fun crowd, with all the banners and masks and flags and songs. I love the fight songs. But well, the protest is not about having fun. It is about exercising political rights. And it is never really courageous to take […]

Late after midnight… on the wall of one of the buildings along Jalan Tun Perak previously filled with protesters in yellow.

In solidarity with the balloon girl… KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Police have charged a woman who was detained earlier today for distributing Bersih 4 balloons at an upscale shopping mall here for allegedly attempting to stir some trouble, according to the suspect’s lawyer. It is understood that Bilqis Hijjas, the daughter of prominent architect Hijjas […]

One of the things I like about protests are the signs. This refers to the Home Ministry’s petty law gazetted on Friday to ban all yellow t-shirts with the word Bersih 4 on it. Walking around KL, or if you used the public transport over the weekends, you would see the level of civil disobedience. This […]

As I walked from Brickfields to Dataran Merdeka, weaving through Central Market, Tun Perak and Dataran Maybank, I spotted curious immigrants watching Malaysians marching down the streets, witnessing democracy in action. Some of them stood by the entrance to whatever shops that were opened. Others climbed up the roof to see the vastness of protesters filling […]

When I think of the terms “coup d’état”, “overthrow”, “topple” and the like, I would think of a violent change in government. The revolutions in Egypt and Ukraine would come to my mind. Closer to home, having tanks rolling through the streets of Bangkok is another excellent example. In contrast, when I think of the […]

I had an expensive bet with a friend that more than 200 would be arrested after the Bersih dust settled. The tally now is coming close to 500. I won. My record with him now is 2-0 in my favor. In the beginning, the odds were against my favor. It appeared that the government had […]

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