#KL112 – They flew! They soared like seagulls

#KL112 – They flew! They soared like seagulls

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#KL112 was historic in more ways than one. Those Malaysians at yesterday’s rally unchained their fears and soared to new heights.

KL112 at Stadium Merdeka
Malaysians now have a bird’s eye view of what is happening in the country and they can see the change sweeping the land – Photograph: Allan

They flew so high they touched a rainbow. No, no, THEY were the rainbow, a splash of colours representing various causes and strands of Malaysians society.

And they proved beyond a shadow of doubt that Malaysians can rally peacefully if there are no provocateurs, if force is not used against them.

Tens of thousands of ordinary Malaysians unshackled themselves from the chains of fear. They reclaimed Merdeka Stadium, the venue where the nation hosted the official ceremony of the Independence of Malaya.

Ready to roll - Photograph: Allan
Ready to roll – Photograph: Allan

In so doing, they have inspired countless others to believe that a new Malaysia is possible.

How times have changed. Even the police found a new way of managing rallies – though how much that was due to an impending general election is hard to say. Never mind that they later downgraded their estimate of the crowd size to 45000 on second thought and for obvious reasons. People – at least those with access to alternative media – know the real turnout, though perhaps the target of the official figure were the rural voters with no access to the new media.

It was pathetic, however, to watch the mainstream trying to ‘manage’ the news when the photographs of the huge crowd all over Twitter and Facebook are unmistakable.

Whatever it is, the well over 100000 Malaysians have galvanised many others across the country to ‘think the possible’ (which was once deemed ‘impossible), that real change is possible.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, long live to the people of Malaysia. There is no turning back. Do translate KL112 into something more meaningful: vote for leaders you think you deserve and those that carry your conscience.

     
  2. Sam, you can’t compare us with Thailand’s rally where the Reds and Yellows were adamant to go head-on. Had Perkasa’s mad men and Umno rempits let out out in thousands, there would be panic station and clashes unavoidable also.That was what happened at Bersih 3.0, where men-in-blue without name-tags were planted to cause violence remember?

    Saturday’s #KL112 was peaceful becoz the regime realised any misstep on their part especially so near GE-13, will mean a final rusty nail into UMNO’s coffin!

     
  3. It was a huge carnival of excited, friendly and hopeful comrades of all races looking forward to a better future for our beloved MALAYSIA.

    Awesome…simply awesome.

    In Thailand, people of the same race in red and yellow shirts had violent and fatal clashes.
    Yesterday Malaysian comrades from all races in red, yellow, green, orange and other colours came together in a peaceful,successful and historic assembly.

    Awesome…simply awesome.

     
  4. Its the wish of the people who want peace and change. For one who attended there are more than 10 x of us who could not make it. I am proud of those who spent their time and money and the hot weather to be present to be counted. Well done all those hopeful Malaysians.

     
  5. A tribute to KL112. Fly Like An Eagle (Fly Thro’ The Revolution)

    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future

    I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea
    Fly like an eagle
    Let my spirit carry me
    I want to fly like an eagle
    Till I’m free
    Oh, Lord, through the revolution

    Feed the babies
    Who don’t have enough to eat
    Shoe the children
    With no shoes on their feet
    House the people
    Livin’ in the street
    Oh, oh, there’s a solution

    I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea
    Fly like an eagle
    Let my spirit carry me
    I want to fly like an eagle
    Till I’m free
    Fly through the revolution

    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future

    I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea
    Fly like an eagle
    Let my spirit carry me
    I want to fly like an eagle
    Till I’m free
    Fly through the revolution

    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
    Into the future

     
  6. Never mind the crowd size – whether it’s 45,000 or 250,000 does not matter – it’s the passion in supporters and participants you can’t deny that counts!

    One eye (look) sees all! Look at the pics, observe the sea of people from all walks of life, different colors and creed, all coming together from all over the country – rural, urban through paddy fields, yes, they arrived on time. …the beauty is they were not paid to attend!

     
  7. Hi everyone,

    When the police act professionally, with no interference from political masters and.or provocateurs, the rallies undoubtedly would be peaceful!

    The peaceful rally is a VICTORY of the people in overcoming their fears and threats, reclaiming their role as the MASTERS to dictate to the political divide that they will not tolerate any corruption, cronyism and mismanagement! Any party/grouping that aspire to serve or continue to serve has no option but to practise good governance!

    Congratulations to all who took part in the 12.01.13 peaceful rally!!

     
  8. While it is good to see Malaysians come together to rally peacefully for a good cause, it is sad indeed to see that 95% of those who rallied were Malays.

    What happened to the Chinese who came out in such huge numbers during Bersih 3.0? It proved the Chinese community only rally for a good cause, and Bersih is one.

    Is it true the Chinese community are now fed up with the incompetent, unaccountable and not transparent DAP?

    Are they fed up with the alleged abuse of power and breach of trust in Penang?

    Is it true the Chinese are embarassed that their hero treated the Penang State Assembly as his own property? Bringing his wife into the State Assembly and allowing her to sit behind him? Always critical of Rosmah, the KM should realize that Najib did not abuse his power and shamed the Malays, by bringing Rosmah into Paliament when the businesses of the nation are discussed. But, this big mouth did just that!

    This KM (allegedly) sold Taman Manggis twice! How can you marry your only daughter to two men? Penangnites are actually angry, that their tokong is just like MCA/GELAKAN, “bo sing yong”!

    You can see the disappointments in the face of Penangnites. They know their mistakes of voting DAP in 2008, but, are shy to admit it! They know HOLLAND awaits if DAP is allowed to rule a second term especially with this KM.

    While Malaysians of all walks of lives, wanted to celebrate Christmas and New Year in peace and harmony, in happiness after a tough 2012, this big mouth KM brought up the Kalimmah Allah issue. Always fond of stoking fires, and when lighted, he conveniently moves away, he found this fire is too big to douse. Again, the honourable Karpal Singh came out to defend him while he as usual disappeared.

    The Christians and Sikhs should now demand KM to get back their rights to use Allah in their bibles and prayers. The issue had been allowed to rest by UMNO and the Malay community, but, this man stirred up the issue and now … everything is politicized. Christians and Sikhs must hold the Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang for losing their rights to use Allah in their bibles and prayers!

    And this big mouth KM, always fast to ask BN Ministers to step down, what should he do after the DAP Elections fiasco? Don’t you think the honourable way is to step down?

    In view of mounting criticisms, that DAP is racist, as the Election results showed, they conveniently blamed the results on computer glitch and send Zairil into 20th position? Such tactics do not work anymore.

    While DAP had been quick to criticize and critical of the EC, they just know they cannot handle their own elections and with only 2,000 voters, while the EC handles 12 million voters nationwide? DAP is just all talk and little substance! With people like Lim Guan Eng at the helm, Penangnites will continue to suffer if they win another five years. Even, DAP Malacca dumped Lim Guan Eng.

    We have to thank Koh Tsu Khoon for handing over a good system of administration to Lim Guan Eng. Otherwise there will be utter chaos in Penang. They cannot run their own Assembly can they govern Penang effectively? Let us be practical and let us dump DAP come PRU 13! Vote PKR to power.

    Or make sure LGE lose in Air Putih so that he cannot be KM. Surely, there are better candidates from Penang?

    Rally, be with PR, but not Lim Guan Eng!

     
  9. Admist all these talk of PR chances of getting to Putrajaya, the main point of the intellectual debate is lost – Mahathirism and Mahathirist has lost the national debate. It does not matter in the larger debate even if UMNO/BN wins the election. They have lost the national argument.

    Firstly, even if UMNO/BN wins it will be by a very small margin and its understood its by cheating so the win means nothing intellectually…Second, after 55 years in power, after Badawi first swept in with huge popularity more than 8 years ago, the debate is settled now given Anwar’s revival – the people reject Mahathir and Mahathirism..

    The only question remain is whether Mahathir and Mahathirist has lost their debate with the Malays. But after 3 decades of influence, the fact that Mahathir and Mahathirist is not winning their argument easier says that the Malays demand really better than Mahathir and Mahathirism and if they were true patriot they accepted it. So even the debate with the Malays is pointless – the Malays demand better, Mahathirism and Mahathirist are not good enough..

    The real tragedy is that from the old man insist on continuing his pointless debate and be a drag to this nation and his people who already knows they want to walk away from it. Its the civic and patriotic duty whoever leads this nation, including UMNO/BN to DECISIVELY do it, not debate it..

     

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