Why I Walked…

This is a long write up, clouded with emotions and a detailed review on what happened, and the truth alone. If you were in the rally, please write in your experience .Read THIS too, fellow comrade Brother Kavilan writing about our adventure.
I looked ahead with a feeling of disappointment, when thousands of cars literally not moving at all, because the crackdown had began. I know I’m not going to make it today. This thought lingered on my mind during the eve of Bersih rally.
I half slept once I got back home, and woke up at 7 am, highly spirited and charged , although I had as little as 3 hours sleep. The plan was to meet up Brother Danny in Putrajaya, and then take ERL to KL Sentral , then another bus or train to city centre.
When we took the ERL, we saw ‘faces’. Faces of people with similar cause. They are all giving a smiling hint, indicating we’re all from the same team. We reached KL Sentral around 10.00 am, and we knew immediately we’re in for some major challenge to get inside the city center. Every part of the road leading to Pasar Seni is blocked, police trucks are moving in everywhere, chasing and dumping everyone who seemed to be suspicious. And it was only 10.00 am!
We decided to walk to Pasar Seni, since we had little alternative. As we walked, we were stopped by some man in blues, to whom we lied we’re going to purchase some items in Petaling Street. We got through, and we split up. Preeta and Sharon were already waiting for us in one of the backpackers lodge near Petaling street.
We reached Petaling street, and as we walked, there is an eerie silence, surprising me if anyone is ever going to be there for the rally. As I stand there overlooking Petaling street, I see familiar ‘faces’. You get that feeling when that Chinese guy smiles slightly when he pass across you, and when another group of Malay guys passed by showing some gestures. I smiled and thought in my heart, they’re penetrating…..
Messages are flying in from so many of my friends, indicating where the rally had started and what’s happening. People had penetrated and are scattered around the Puduraya area, and then it began. Around 12.30 pm, we joined the rally near Puduraya. The crowd had already swelled to thousands of Malaysians by then. It was an amazing feeling of unity, one that is strengthened by a single cause, and one; which cannot be explained by any amount of words I might use here. It was beyond words, and unless you were there, it’s not explainable.
Bersih ! Bersih! …….Bersih ! Bersih!…..RE…FOR…MA…SI…!RE…FOR…MA…SI!!….
And so we chanted the mantra in unity. The voices of the people, the one that had been silenced over the years and the ones that represent the silent majority who did not come out on that day, echoed and roared like a thunderstorm followed by cheers and claps. It was an absolutely peaceful rally.
Malaysians of all races and age, from kids to woman, from young girls to old aunties, from the handicapped and on the wheelchair, everyone was smiling and cheering, happy to be in the company of fellow Malaysians. There was no Malay, no Chinese, and no Indians that day, only Malaysians. It was a feeling of absolute happiness.
We saw another group across the street, separated by a distance of 100m. They looked suspicious. I estimate our crowd to be over 30000 by now. We asked the Malay man in his 30’s beside us;
Group apa tu bang(Who’s that?)
Itu ada Cina dan India, so they must be orang kita. Kalau group tu ada Malay sahaja, itu orang UMNO/BN. Sebab group dia orang ada Malay saja, group kita pulak ada Malaysians.
I was elated beyond words. What a liner. Turns out the group was DAP supporters, they converged with us. The guy further went on explaining rally quick guides, and provided us with half a packet of salt which we mixed in our bottle of 100 plus. He said it will help when tear gases are fired, and little did I know I’m going to experience one of the worst moment in my life.  10 minutes later…
*thup..thupp thupp…sounds of metal canisters being shot and falling down.
Smoke shot out from the canisters, sending the crowd running helter-skelter, while some brave ones stood to confront the ‘criminals’. Imagine a peaceful loving crowd, with no violence portrayed any means possible, being shot down with tear gas and sprayed by chemical water cannons.
I ran, and the effect of the tear gas was unimaginable. It is by no mean something to be taken lightly, it has massive effect. I never thought it would be that terrible, it choked me to like near death, blurred my vision and burned my face. Personally for me, it was terrible, beyond horrifying.
I ran, coughing and choking heavily, with blurred vision. Few Malay guys ran by me and provided salt, and asked me to swallow it. I felt better, but by that time, I don’t know where Bro Danny was. It took me long to recover, but I was doing fine and found Bro Danny after a while. We followed the crowd to another road, where the crowd began to gather and swell again, and by accident, met up Bro Kavilan, Bro Raaja, and Bro Puvanan. We were retreating, advancing, sitting, then advancing, retreating, until the moment they decided to fire again. This time again, we ran for our life, but the tear gas overwhelmed me. I don’t know where was Bro Kavilan ,Danny, Raaja or Puvanan at that time.
I choked again, and fortunately, it began raining very heavily. I took out my shirt, tried to cover my face, and I stopped because I couldn’t go on. I was coughing heavily when one old Malay lady stopped in that heavy rain, and helped.
“Nak, ambik garam ni letak bawah lidah”  . I looked with disbelief when around me, everyone who was being affected, are being helped by a person from a different race. I hate to differentiate according to race, but I want to tell you the story as it happened.
But little did that rain deter the spirit of the crowd, we pushed on. Then we ran towards Tung Shin hospital, where thousands were already seeking shelter from the tear gas. No one was on sight, and I called up Bro Danny to come to meet up. We were inside Tung Shin hospital recovering when the police decided to do one of the dumbest things ever imaginable, shooting inside the hospital. And yes, they fucking did that; imagine the outrage of the people. This is beyond horrible, how could any sane person fire tear gas canisters into the hospital?
We ran again, and then regrouped nearby a road just across Tung Shin hospital. The police had agreed to let us through, finally, what a relief. We relaxed a while, waiting for the police to remove the blockage from the road to let us through. Most of the crowd had regrouped again, and just like our PM, the police did not hold on to their word. They cheated and fired upon the crowd again. And then the police started chasing the crowd trying to catch hold of as many of them possible.
We ran towards a hillside, where everyone seems to be climbing, but was not in a hurry at all. Everyone seems to be trapped now, on the other side, it’s the police, leaving us with no option but to climb through a small hill slope clogged with slippery dirty muds. My shirt is covered with mud, and Brother Kavilan and Puvanan was following up just behind us. Hundreds of people are climbing through it when the police charged to catch the people getting on top of the hill. And that was the moment; one of the most heroic thing ever happened that I’ve seen, when a group of PAS supporters did a barricade to prevent the police from getting through to the crowd. It was an unbelievable act of self sacrifice, and I watched them from on top of the hill, where they’re getting caught while the crowd escapes. Brother Danny helped as much people as possible to get up; literally everyone was helping each other.
Bro Danny, Bro Kavilan, Bro Puvanan and me regrouped. We walked slowly with thousands of others, walking towards KLCC as the last showdown is going to happen there, as reported. As we reached KLCC, the police presence was overwhelming. Having been tear gassed repeatedly, we were in no energy to join the crowd again, however; we heard the crowd had already been ordered to disperse by then. We decided to call it a day after watching some drama made by the policemen, and headed back to train station.
The rally that day had no sign of violence at all, and no one man that I saw provoked anyone else, it was an ultimate show of brotherhood. The Government on the other hand, thought that they could break just that. Unfortunately, they were wrong, they’ve just aggravated it. The Government had mistreated us, the peace protesters, and they will dearly pay for their ignorance and arrogance in the upcoming election.
Me and Brother Danny bid farewell to Brother Kavilan and Puvanan, and took the train back to Putrajaya. On the way back, we again saw the group of crowd whom we had seen when we took the train in the morning. I smiled and asked ‘OK?’ , the guys grinned and said ‘Okayyyyy’ and showed the thumbs up …
If there was any time in my life that I’ve ever seen unity in action, it was during the Bersih rally. I remembered my school teacher asking me to write:
“Pengalaman yang tidak dapat anda lupakan…”
Dan itulah pengalaman yang tidak dapat and tidak akan saya lupakan seumur hidup saya. Hari itu juga telah mencatat sejarah, apabila buat pertama kalinya, saudara-saudari saya dari pelbagai kaum, bangkit dengan satu tujuan dan kearah satu bangsa, Bangsa Malaysia! Hidup Bersih! Hidup
Bersih! Hidup Bersih!

This is a long write up, clouded with emotions and a detailed review on what happened, and the truth alone. If you were in the rally, please write in your experience .Read THIS too, fellow comrade Brother Kavilan writing about our adventure. My heartiest thanks to every single person who had been there in the rally, and who had been in support nevertheless. Picture credit goes to Brother Danny. And I heard some comments by MIC that not many Indians joined the rally, to be honest MIC, go wear skirt and shut the  **** up.

I looked ahead with a feeling of disappointment, when thousands of cars literally not moving at all, because the crackdown had began. I know I’m not going to make it today. This thought lingered on my mind during the eve of Bersih rally.

I half slept once I got back home, and woke up at 7 am, highly spirited and charged , although I had as little as 3 hours sleep. The plan was to meet up Brother Danny in Putrajaya, and then take ERL to KL Sentral , then another bus or train to city centre.

When we took the ERL, we saw ‘faces’. Faces of people with similar cause. They are all giving a smiling hint, indicating we’re all from the same team. We reached KL Sentral around 10.00 am, and we knew immediately we’re in for some major challenge to get inside the city center. Every part of the road leading to Pasar Seni is blocked, police trucks are moving in everywhere, chasing and dumping everyone who seemed to be suspicious. And it was only 10.00 am!

We decided to walk to Pasar Seni, since we had little alternative. As we walked, we were stopped by some man in blues, to whom we lied we’re going to purchase some items in Petaling Street. We got through, and we split up. Preeta and Sharon were already waiting for us in one of the backpackers lodge near Petaling street.

We reached Petaling street, and as we walked, there is an eerie silence, surprising me if anyone is ever going to be there for the rally. As I stand there overlooking Petaling street, I see familiar ‘faces’. You get that feeling when that Chinese guy smiles slightly when he pass across you, and when another group of Malay guys passed by showing some gestures. I smiled and thought in my heart, they’re penetrating…..

Messages are flying in from so many of my friends, indicating where the rally had started and what’s happening. People had penetrated and are scattered around the Puduraya area, and then it began. Around 12.30 pm, we joined the rally near Puduraya. The crowd had already swelled to thousands of Malaysians by then. It was an amazing feeling of unity, one that is strengthened by a single cause, and one; which cannot be explained by any amount of words I might use here. It was beyond words, and unless you were there, it’s not explainable.


Bersih ! Bersih! …….Bersih ! Bersih!…..RE…FOR…MA…SI…!RE…FOR…MA…SI!!….

And so we chanted the mantra in unity. The voices of the people, the one that had been silenced over the years and the ones that represent the silent majority who did not come out on that day, echoed and roared like a thunderstorm followed by cheers and claps. It was an absolutely peaceful rally.

Malaysians of all races and age, from kids to woman, from young girls to old aunties, from the handicapped and on the wheelchair, everyone was smiling and cheering, happy to be in the company of fellow Malaysians. There was no Malay, no Chinese, and no Indians that day, only Malaysians. It was a feeling of absolute happiness.

We saw another group in white across the street, separated by a distance of 100m.

They looked suspicious. I estimate our crowd to be over 30000 by now. We asked the Malay man in his 30’s beside us;

Group apa tu bang?

Itu ada Cina dan India, so they must be orang kita. Kalau group tu ada Malay sahaja, itu orang UMNO/BN. Sebab group dia orang ada Malay saja, group kita pulak ada Malaysians.

What 1Malaysia crap is Gov talking about?

I was elated beyond words. What a liner. Turns out the group was DAP supporters, they converged with us. The guy further went on explaining rally quick guides, and provided us with half a packet of salt which we mixed in our bottle of 100 plus. He said it will help when tear gases are fired, and little did I know I’m going to experience one of the worst moment in my life.  10 minutes later…

*thup..thupp thupp…sounds of metal canisters being shot and falling down.

Smoke shot out from the canisters, sending the crowd running helter-skelter, while some brave ones stood to confront the ‘criminals’. Imagine a peaceful loving crowd, with no violence portrayed any means possible, being shot down with tear gas and sprayed by chemical water cannons.

I ran, and the effect of the tear gas was unimaginable. It is by no mean something to be taken lightly, it has massive effect. I never thought it would be that terrible, it choked me to like near death, blurred my vision and burned my face. Personally for me, it was terrible, beyond horrifying.

I ran, coughing and choking heavily, with blurred vision. Few Malay guys ran by me and provided salt, and asked me to swallow it. I felt better, but by that time, I don’t know where Bro Danny was. It took me long to recover, but I was doing fine and found Bro Danny after a while. We followed the crowd to another road, where the crowd began to gather and swell again, and by accident, met up Bro Kavilan, Bro Raaja, and Bro Puvanan. We were retreating, advancing, sitting, then advancing, retreating, until the moment they decided to fire again. This time again, we ran for our life, but the tear gas overwhelmed me. I don’t know where was Bro Kavilan ,Danny, Raaja or Puvanan at that time.

I choked again, and fortunately, it began raining very heavily. I took out my shirt, tried to cover my face, and I stopped because I couldn’t go on. I was coughing heavily when one old Malay lady stopped in that heavy rain, and helped.

“Nak, ambik garam ni letak bawah lidah”  .

I looked with disbelief when around me, everyone who was being affected, are being helped by a person from a different race. I hate to differentiate according to race, but I want to tell you the story as it happened.But little did that rain deter the spirit of the crowd, we pushed on. Then we ran towards Tung Shin hospital, where thousands were already seeking shelter from the tear gas. No one was on sight, and I called up Bro Danny to come to meet up. We were inside Tung Shin hospital recovering when the police decided to do one of the dumbest things ever imaginable, shooting inside the hospital. And yes, they fucking did that; imagine the outrage of the people. This is beyond horrible, how could any sane person fire tear gas canisters into the hospital?

An amazing picture, Muslims performing their prayers in front of a church.

We ran again, and then regrouped nearby a road just across Tung Shin hospital. The police had agreed to let us through, finally, what a relief. We relaxed a while, waiting for the police to remove the blockage from the road to let us through. Most of the crowd had regrouped again, and just like our PM, the police did not hold on to their word. They cheated and fired upon the crowd again. And then the police started chasing the crowd trying to catch hold of as many of them possible.

Bro Kavilan doing some jungle trekking:P

We ran towards a hillside, where everyone seems to be climbing, but was not in a hurry at all. Everyone seems to be trapped now, on the other side, it’s the police, leaving us with no option but to climb through a small hill slope clogged with slippery dirty muds. My shirt is covered with mud, and Brother Kavilan and Puvanan was following up just behind us. Hundreds of people are climbing through it when the police charged to catch the people getting on top of the hill. And that was the moment; one of the most heroic thing ever happened that I’ve seen, when a group of PAS supporters did a barricade to prevent the police from getting through to the crowd. It was an unbelievable act of self sacrifice, and I watched them from on top of the hill, where they’re getting caught while the crowd escapes. Brother Danny helped as much people as possible to get up; literally everyone was helping each other.The people who formed the barricade, were being assaulted, look at the below video, it shows it all from 0:53 onward.

Bro Danny, Bro Kavilan, Bro Puvanan and me regrouped. We walked slowly with thousands of others, walking towards KLCC as the last showdown is going to happen there, as reported. As we reached KLCC, the police presence was overwhelming. Having been tear gassed repeatedly, we were in no energy to join the crowd again, however; we heard the crowd had already been ordered to disperse by then. We decided to call it a day after watching some drama made by the policemen, and headed back to train station.

The rally that day had no sign of violence at all, and no one man that I saw provoked anyone else, it was an ultimate show of brotherhood. The Government on the other hand, thought that they could break just that. Unfortunately, they were wrong, they’ve just aggravated it. The Government had mistreated us, the peace protesters, and they will dearly pay for their ignorance and arrogance in the upcoming election.

Me and Brother Danny bid farewell to Brother Kavilan and Puvanan, and took the train back to Putrajaya. On the way back, we again saw the group of crowd whom we had seen when we took the train in the morning. I smiled and asked ‘OK?’ , the guys grinned and said ‘Okayyyyy‘ and showed the thumbs up …

If there was any time in my life that I’ve ever seen unity in action, it was during the Bersih rally. I remembered my school teacher asking me to write:

“Pengalaman yang tidak dapat anda lupakan…”

Dan itulah pengalaman yang tidak dapat and tidak akan saya lupakan seumur hidup saya. Hari itu juga telah mencatat sejarah, apabila buat pertama kalinya, saudara-saudari saya dari pelbagai kaum, bangkit dengan satu tujuan dan kearah satu bangsa, Bangsa Malaysia!

Hidup Bersih!    ……… Hidup Bersih!……….. Hidup Bersih!




59 comments to Why I Walked…

  • IP

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    Salute n Respect to all the Bersih patriots… Bcse of you we will have a cleaner Malaysia…it all starts from somewhere,sometime …. And this is the somewhere n the sometime ….

  • Ash

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    I love that praying picture Durai. It’s so so beautiful to see Malaysians not fearing race or religion but simply worried about the nation’s unity. Period. Thumbs up for braving everything, tear gas and whatnot to support a noble and just cause. Ok lah, since you deserve it – Big Hug!

  • shantinini

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    funny how in the sun newsppr 2dy,it was stated tht tung shin hospital was not fired tear gas.wat kind of idiots do we hv for u knw who?n the very nxt day of the rally,some1 walks the same streets sayin we re nt afraid n all.hello,if u reli nt afraid,walk on the same dayla.scared is it?oh btw,dnt u think u know who looks lk the mayor of springfield of The Simpsons?haha.im gonna sit here laughing abt tht.

  • chelvi ganesan kandan

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    Your writing and pictures had made us who were not there walk the same path and it actually brings tears to our eyes. Tears of happiness. That we all could see there is still a MALAYSIAN race. This is what is called ONE MALAYSIA. Proud of all of you who made it! May we all be blssed as one Malaysia to see changes soon!

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    next time i am definitely joining la.. :)

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    Jungle trekking-leh uyiru pochi bro! I really tot we were done for and were to be arrested.

  • vardhana

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    We are united across the globe towards this ONE CAUSE….malaysia,london,melbourne,hong kong,taiwan and more..

    Nobody can stop this mass movement anymore…here we stand,for a brighter future..
    I salute those who walked proudly to voice out the voice of our nation..
    THANK YOU…

  • aiman

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    may i use the picture of muslims praying in front of the mosque on facebook?

    @Please share bro:)

  • linda

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    I salute you and your bravery!

  • Sri

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    I understand how u must have felt bro. The atmosphere was almost celebration-like. As i walked the streets, i saw the young and old ppl of all races walk side by side and help each other wen hit with tear gas and chemical laced water. The rally made me feel something amazing. I felt unity. i felt malaysian.

  • Max

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    my fren also went to the rally and told the same thing as bro durai….
    our malaysian media are just full of crap and bias towards the government…
    it seems none of the news reported in the newspapers or tv news were real…
    neway…
    malaysian ppl are clear with what they want n what they have…
    the government n the politics ppl are the one making the it an issue and somehow ending that issue by saying its racist…
    so it cant be discussed since its sensitive…will cause disharmony…

    my opinion,all the educated ones..especially our malay bro & sis knows the spirit of unity…those uneducated ones (but lives in cities),easily being brainwashed by racist crooks who are the real trouble makers…

    i went to alot of malay kampungs before n the ppl there are so so FRENLY…but i bet they dun know what the hell is going on in the country n vote for the government as they are good in exploiting rural areas…

    wishing for a ‘cleaner’ Malaysia…

    good post durai bro….

  • Preeti

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    this is your best post durai, one that made me shed tears and at the same time i feel proud beyond words that not all is lost, there is still hope for Malaysia, and a chance to change it all – the next GE. Thanks for the wonderful post, it made my day ;)

    @Preeti : *Handing over tissues to Preeti….:P

  • saras

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    I salute those who voice out the voice of our nation..<3

  • saras

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    I salute those who voice out the voice of our nation bro..<3

  • Jack

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    im so proud to see the unity in our malaysians thru this rally…though police dogs tried to break it, they still could not have done much…the ratio of our Bersih people to the police is 10:1…they juz tested the patience of the people…just imagine if the people had fought back…the cops wud had been running in their underwear…stay united…stay strong…we are 1

  • Geetha

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    I actually had yr fb and two of my other friends fb open whole day on saturday waiting for updates on what was going on. Salute all the young and old Malaysians who were there to make a difference. Wish I was thr too !!!(My current status prevents me from taking part, if you knw what I mean :))

  • kleonix

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    i follow your blog silently and this is the first time im commenting..my eyes stung with tears as i read your post..Bersih is the true meaning of 1Malaysia!!i never really believed in the concept as it first got introduced but now im a strong stern believer!!thank you very much for being an eye opener and way to go to all the the fellow brothers and sisters who walked in peace..my hearty salutes and prayers will always be with you..

    @kleonix : Cheers kleonix! :)

  • Shobana

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    I’m so proud of you and ur experience is so inspiring. Thumbs up to u and the rest of Bersih 2.0 supporters.

  • GABAN

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    • JAGAT MAMA

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      GABAN, you are so smart and wat u had achieved in ur life with ur status? those people are not going there because want to enjoy their self in the crowd…
      we would like to know how smart are you here…

      • GABAN

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        Yes. i am smart. in fact i hold double degree and a phd. And currently employed in a international bank with a high ranking job.
        how smart are you ?
        i have achieved so many things…. that u can’t even manage to think…
        what u achieved accept running like monkeys in the street ?

        Those people who went there are stupid. PERIOD.
        If i rally inside your house compound, and disturb the peace in your house for a speculated and unproved cause. would you allow ? or would you gather ur family to stop me from doing the rally ?

        It’s the same thing. The world has to move on, and the world has to move on.

        Yes.. I love BN ruled government. Do you have any proof for all the allegations that you’ve made ? I don’t think so. So stop protecting the opposition with their allegations. Every government in the world has a flawed and corrupted politicians, it’s part and parcel of being in politics. If you were to control the government, i’m sure your family members will get mega projects too. They are just minding their interest while they take care of the people. Nothing is wrong in that. Arab government is not same compared to Malaysia. They did not have a good leader and they were bringing the economic down. Unlike Malaysia, we do have a good stable economic. I’m sure your not starving to death everyday like the arabs did. The rally can be done, “Bersih” does not have the right to carry it in the highly populated, business and tourism spot.

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      Dear Gaban,

      care to share what other means are there to make changes? Come, let’s discuss. I’m open here.

      • GABAN

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        1st of all, running in a mock group like hooligans and monkeys does not stop anything. And it does not support the “So” called cause that BERSIH is rallying for.

        Options
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        1. Stop running like monkeys on a peaceful street.
        When ambiga met the king, she should have handed the memorandum then and there.
        Why wait and tell she will submit 2 weeks later ? when she had the chance ?
        2. Declare the BERSIH to be legal.
        3. Decide to meet up professionally with SPR.
        4. Have a open discussion on the topic at the prime ministers request.
        5. Ensure all BERSIH members and their views are not politically motivated.

        You guys say, that you all are true malaysians and support 1 malaysia race. But i see all your comments and writings more towards racism. The act of racism are only established once it’s influenced by the race.

        and for your information, i love malaysia a lot. regardless who is the leader.

        • KTM Porichikolli

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          GABAN – You got it spot on. How on earth can the Opposition rule when they can’t even settle their own differences within? Remember Mr. Butt Banger declaring that he was taking over the entire government on the 16th of September? How on earth are we going to support such a person who can declare such a major thing and not do anything about it when he miserably failed in achieving it? No way I’m going to trust him in running a government.

          On another point, have a look what the Opposition’s latest stunt that basically takes away the right of the non Muslims: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/14/nation/9096647&sec=nation

          I have never seen BN doing such a thing!! Even in such small things the rights of non Muslims can be screwed – imagine if they end up running the entire government? Bollocks to you PKR!!

          • Durai

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            @Gaban :

            I studied in Oxford and I have a double PhD, and I can also fly.

            I think that explains what I thought about when you introduced your academic background.

            The problem with you BN cybertroopers is you are never big in numbers, but you spread up just to show up numbers. First of all, as a person loving BN, you’re claiming there was monkeys on the street. Are you trying to say that there was also an extra 300 in the form of Patriots(UMNO Youth)? Go ask your leaders that question before busy coming in claiming everyone as monkeys. And have you guys paid the Banglas or not?

            P.S : Do not spam the blog, for an ‘educated’ person , you should use @ if you want to address to more than one person. Don’t stack your comments, you’re looking miserable already.

            @ KTM : You must be one of those MIC guys, just waiting to pump in some words because you’re just unwanted everywhere. And as usual, you guys remain anonymous. Are you stupid or what? Why is the talk about Opposition taking over now?

            It’s about electoral reform you MIC fool. Go back and wear your sari now, and hide behind the cupboard.

            Both of your opinions will no longer be needed because your sole mission will be to provoke.However, if you’re willing to argue constructively, and if someone else is interested in replying you, perhaps you can take it from there.It takes a click to delete, so don’t waste your time.

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          My answers in bold

          1. Stop running like monkeys on a peaceful street.
          When ambiga met the king, she should have handed the memorandum then and there.
          Why wait and tell she will submit 2 weeks later ? when she had the chance ?
          The memorandum submitted by 3 persons do not constitute the will of many. A protest shows that many people are unhappy with what’s going on. And it falls within our constitutional right in Article 10

          2. Declare the BERSIH to be legal.
          BERSIH does not contravene any act in the constitution. The Home Ministry declared it to be illegal without due process. Legal action is ongoing.

          3. Decide to meet up professionally with SPR.
          On record, many meetings have been set up with SPR with SPR continuously saying they don’t have the powers to do anything even though they actually do.

          4. Have a open discussion on the topic at the prime ministers request.
          The PM has no jurisdiction is the EC. The EC is supposed to be an independent body

          5. Ensure all BERSIH members and their views are not politically motivated.
          Every citizen who votes IS politically aligned. Bersih IS politically motivated, but NON-PARTISAN. The 8 demands DO NOT favour any party

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          @GABAN :We love Malaysia more than you do dude, that’s why the people were there on the streets that day, unlike you, who hides behind a nick and typing away your ‘love’ for the country.

          p/s : I hold a honorary degree in common sense.

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      GABAN, we are still waiting for your reply. Don’t just comment once anonymously and run away. You are seriously humiliating the party which is funding you currently.

      • GABAN

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        Who said i’m being funded by any party ??
        I am neutral, unlike all BERSIH supporters who are more toward opposition in this campaign.

        But I love BN and it’s rule. cause it’s SUPER…
        unlike a movement with it’s Gay leader and a butt molester.

        • SunTannedSuperman_v2.0

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          @Gaban:
          Mr.Gaban sir, please refrain yourself from provoking any issue here. We are all supporters of BERSIH. You are clearly outnumbered. I suggest you leave peacefully sir.

          First, you said you love BN. Then, you said that you love Malaysia regardless who is the leader in one comment. Then again,you go saying you love BN. So, which one is it?
          I’m not looking for a fight or anything here. I’m just curious to know.

  • Nav_yakuza

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    awesome… those picture they were praying in front of the church really amaze me… damn i checked on that like 2, 3 times.. i cant believe it!

  • Malaysian

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    very proud of you!! we went thru the same path!! proud of you…. proud of myself and proud for everyone who came out to support us!!! and for those at home with BERSIH heart!!! love you all!!

  • jacky

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    i was extremely stunt for a minute looking at those pictures. Now only i realize that actually we are living harmony in malaysia among all the races.There is some conspirator try to make this BERSIH issue worst.

  • Victoria

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    This piece has been wonderfully written, you have opened up a new truth about Malaysian’s i hadn’t realized, the fact that we can be integrated when faced with challenges. Kudos to all those that were at the rally!

  • JAGAT MAMA

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    ON NEXT GENERAL ELECTION WE AS ONE MALAYSIAN, HAVE TO SHOW OUR SELF TO THIS GOVERNMENTS!!! JUST RALLYING AND HOORAY WAS NOT ENOUGH!!!

  • dshri

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    excellent post! was waiting eagerly for you to give your thoughts . now i have a clearer view on what happened on that historical day, glad that you’re part of it, good job! =)

  • Mirror on the wall

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    Dear Durai,
    I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have been hooked on since then. Well, the moment I saw the tagline ‘a macha who blogs’ I laughed cynically. I though you are just another Indian dude who is going to rant and ramble about how fucked up your life is. However, after reading some of your posts I was sitting in front of my laptop, jaw dropped, eyes fixed on every word and speechless. Still, I wasn’t satisfied so I decided to look for some flaws so that I can bash you for being an idiot. But instead I ended up suggesting your blog to a few of my friends. I have to admire you for your brain ‘tickling’ arguments and solid evidence that you include to justify every point. I like the way you analyse and send the message across to the readers (us) …Its comprehensible and gets through our thick skull. I’m eagerly looking forward to educate myself through your blog. Thank you. Cheers.

    @Mirror : Thanks Mirror, appreciate it! :)

  • Lelamekala

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    Wow! Proud of you!

  • Renugga

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    Proud of you Mr.Durai….

  • SunTannedSuperman_v2.0

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    Anne. If I meet you now, I’d give you the respect a policeman would give a higher official. I would salute to you proudly.
    Next year, When I’m 21, I will vote for the parties supporting BERSIH. Not only me. But more than 50 000 people as well. We shall show the ruling government the true power of Malaysians.
    Hidup BERSIH!

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    I was waiting for this post! Respect!!

  • Puic

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    Bersih or not, dare not say now. But I see the unity.

  • Mga

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    macha, u walked the walk and talked the talk. *salute*

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    I’ll try to share this and many more articles to my friends in States and UK. They all have connections to someone very important to the country. Maybe, if we are lucky, we could get into the media and let people there know about our so called “leaders” and their doings. For me, I think this article is well-written of your experience during the rally. Bravo. It states all the truths. Thank you for sharing. Very much appreciated.

  • joelyn

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    hats-off guys… :)

  • joe

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    “There was no Malay, no Chinese, and no Indians that day, only Malaysians.”
    Priceless!!! Thumbs up bro

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    Good job bro. Was practically waiting for your review. :)

    That picture of muslims doing their prayers right in front of the church is truly amazing and that picture itself speaks thousands of words. Will definitely join in next time!

  • Burnt Toast

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    xcellent writing bro. Hat’s off to u, and all in support of Bersih.

  • anunu

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    One Word: Chekap
    (and yeah, while I’m at it, i’ll like to take a stab at the policemen who went overboard were totally _not_ Bersih, Cekap, or Amanah.)

    Btw, to those of you whose sole purpose is condemning Bersih, I’m just so curious, who wouldn’t want a clean and fair elections? If BN is so superfrickin awesome, then why launch a militant-like clampdown on everything yellow?

    I believe that if our govt had made it clear that they support Bersih’s cause, then it wouldnt have given Opposition parties to politicize the whole thing. Instead, the crackdown, misuse of the Emergency Ordinance, and abuse of the mainstream media has painted BN in a very, very bad light. In the end, the rakyat started to think “Deyh, if they’re so scared of reforming the electorate, sure got something wrong somewhere, kan??” And in the end, what we got was thousands of dignified Malaysians who came together.

    (P.S: What’s all this nonsense abt Bersih supporters being monkeys on the road? Everyone was civilized and well-behaved la ok. Please vomit up the govt propaganda that has been fed to you kerbaus, and while you’re at it grow a brain.)

  • Supermacha

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    Good! Fight for your rights as a citizen. The current government needs a “slap in the face”. It’s a pity that instead of progress the nation regressed due to idiots in the cabinet and arrogant leader. There is still a long way to go for absolute acceptance..

  • kumar

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    Those who attended this rally are legends!!!
    Your hard work and tough spirit for an ELECTORAL REFORM will definitely take a spot in our history books!!! :)

  • RoyalPain

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    I thank you for joining ‘Bersih’… Thanks to each and everyone that joined the rally…

  • Thiben

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    Haha…I have a feeling this Gaban Porichikolli is the same
    Bush/Bitch Gay…what low life…holding double degree & PHD
    & calling ppl monkey?? Go fuck urself.

    Goon on you Durai, im too far, but nx round i will joint you.

  • alan

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    this man has substance beb!! I am truly impressed by the way Durai portrays himself! The BERSIH rally in a milestone in the history of Malaysia and we shall unanimously declare all the BERSIH leaders as HEROES! Woooiiitttt bangang-bangang yang sibuk mencaci, Lu cari 1MALAYSIA di mana? You should have joined the BERSIH rally to witness the enlivening of 1MALAYSIA! I have always thought that our society is contaminated with socially rotten youths and I am stupefied in ragedindian! I am in awe of how well our youths could talk, share and perform in anything! After all, Dato Dr.Ambiga Srenevasan is an indian. Durai, God bless you! HAving your blog as the benchmark, I dont find any blogs close to par!

  • Guna

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    I think Mr Gaban is upset that his butt is not screwed…he’s just so jealous of saiful :P

  • A Malaysian

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    Of all your previous post. This article stands out as the best by far!! Kudos excellent writting on your behalf. As a youth of this nation i am proud that there is hope left four our homeland and unity among our races

  • Killer

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    Bersih 3.0 on this Saturday! Lets rock dear brothers!!

  • loges

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    Itu ada Cina dan India, so they must be orang kita. Kalau group tu ada Malay sahaja, itu orang UMNO/BN. Sebab group dia orang ada Malay saja, group kita pulak ada Malaysians.

    ask the BN people to read this..formed more than 60 years ago and still couldnt build the trust in us

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