Three blog readers share their experience at the mammoth gathering at the Kelana Jaya Stadium last night attended by some 100000 people.
Blog reader Sam reports:
Just got back from Kelana Jaya. Of course we had to go for teh and nasi lemak first. Refuelling, you understand. It was an awesome event. My estimate is 120,000 to 130,000. It might have been more. The stadium was already filled by 7.30pm and people were still streaming in. The whole LDP highway was jammed, not surprising at all since many people parked their cars by the side of the highway (not a very considerate or clever thing to do, but for nation’s sake, they are forgiven tonight).
The crowd was a good mix. I’d say it was representative of the racial composition of the country, Malays turnout about 50 per cent, Chinese 35 per cent, Indians and others made up 15 per cent. Everyone was expressing their disgust at Najib and his cohorts’ attempts to stir up racial hatred.
The gathering tonite will definitely send a very clear message that Malaysians are united, abhor cheating and thuggery, and … off with BN-UMNO. And Malaysians tak mudah lupa lagi! Sudah fed up!
We met a young Malay couple who walked from Subang NKVE Toll to Kelana!!! Thats a long long walk!
The spirit to see change is strong.
Blog reader Ella reports:
My niece says she and her husband are(PR) ceramah “addict” because of the great feeling they get at each ceramah pre-5 May and at last night’s rally.
My nephew who was also there said, “I never felt more Malaysian today after seeing all races unite for one purpose.” And he had this story to tell:
“We were taking photos and several Malay boys came towards us. We asked to borrow one of their Pas flags and they had a DAP flag. We asked to take a picture together and they said to put the DAP flag in the middle. They said that we all must show Chinese support I was touched.”
Another niece (Malay-Chinese parentage) was sitting with a group of Malays and Indians. No Chinese in that group. And they shouted, “We are Chinese, we are Chinese.” Utusan Malaysia, take a hike.
I am sure there are many more such wonderful stories to be told but what was obvious is that the Rakyat have spoken. Najib and Umno with all their money politics will never be able to win the hearts and minds of the common folks.
To those who attended last night’s rally, on behalf of those who couldn’t attend, a big thank you. You have given me hope that a new Malaysia is indeed now possible.
Blog reader AHumanBeing reports:
There were three blind persons also.
There were professionals, even a retiree which I believe was from the civil service. He was a gentleman Malay, very soft-spoken. I thought he wanted to go home to his house in Segambut, told him to U-turn and use Federal Highway as the LDP is already jam-packed with cars (at about 10.30 almost 11.00pm).
But he said he wanted to get to the stadium.
So I asked him to take a detour and find parking somewhere further away and walk in (which will be easily 3 to about 4km away).