LIVE: 589 arrests at ‘massive’ Abolish ISA rally


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  1. despite the actions of protestor in kuala lumpur. the appearance of DSAI and other political figure is enough to highlight that this is not a legal or humanitarian issue but a political one. the isa is being reviewed at the time of the protests. and the protestor brought along kids (which is very very dispicable of the parents) using your kids as a sheild. the protest was also illegal because in Malaysia you would require a permit/license for a protest/march/etc, this is to ensure that the appropriate arrangements could be made to ensure safety and no damages occur, yet this protest proves that DSAI is the king of havoc street politics. most of the protestor did not come from KL but from other states in Malaysia which smells as if they have been given transportation/lodging/etc which means some cash must have been passed around.

    I also praise the PDRM for a job well done. I was surfing the net for similar street protest around the world and I beleived that if the PDRM were not professional enough to not cause death.

    H1N1 – to do a protest in the middle of H1N1 should signify that no one in the protest is a doctor, and if there is any he/she/they shuould resign because of knowing the risks and being so stupid.

  2. Anil, many thanks for the superb live coverage you provided yesterday on this successful protest to smash the vile ISA!

    The democratic score to me was:
    The Rakyat+GMI+PR = +10; UMNO/BN+Pewaris+ISA = -10


    “Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

  3. The people want a change. The people want a new government. Enough is enough. One cannot go round cheating the people all the time.The people want a truly multi-racial society to exist in the country. The people are joining PR in drove. The wind of changes is blowing…

  4. Thanks again Anil and bravo Malaysians.
    Yesterday Malaysians of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, both genders and all skin colours, walked together on a matter of national policy. This was simply beautiful.
    I was there. I saw black-clad Malaysian Chinese who shared light moments with tudung-clad Malaysian Malay ladies, brave Unit Amal members giving salt (against tear gas) to Hindraf supporters. That’s why BN is so enraged. Malaysians built history together yesterday, as they did in the Hartal and the PUTERA-AMCJA people’s constitution days. Malaysians have a history together, though it has been hidden to them for decades. They just proved they will build a future together!
    Hidup Malaysia!

    1 Black Malaysia. Democracy First. Elections Now.

  5. […] What is so significant is the sense of unity among the different races in Malaysia. It is rare to see such unity except perhaps for our early Independence Celebrations or when Malaysia is in the Thomas Cup Finals. Many supporters were unable to reach the city to participate due to closure of roads by the police. I followed all the real-time Tweets with anilnetto! […]

  6. Hi Anil…

    Just pop up from my head though I’m no scholarly person in sociological studies. Just why the SOGO/Pertama area, Masjid Jamek area, and Masjid Negara area has and is becoming a rallying starting point to get to the Istana Negara? It would make an interesting dissertation for any Master/Ph.D. candidate.

    Hmmnnn…maybe I should consider studying the psychology or historical force of these three areas 😉

  7. I am so proud to be at Sogo this afternoon. Though I was drenched in chemical water, I feel so big as people from all walks of life and all races were present and in fact we all had been so law abiding and were all in line for the march but the Police came barging in with the water jet and tear gas….causing pandamonium and people hda to run to avoid from been arrested.

    The police kicked and punched at people whom they had caught and its so sads to see the people been beaten by the police and we are so helpless on it. How I wish I was Superman and will recuse all those been beaten by the Polis….

    Its so disgusting for the police to disregard our human rights.

  8. Tahniah to all those who have taken part. The result will not be now, but it will come. Remember the stuggle by the black, how long does it take them to get to go to the same school as the white. Today they have a coloured president.

  9. The CRY OF REFORMASI is ringing OUT LOUD all over the Country in the hearts of Good Men & Women can see the use of ISA to silence critics of Government and to jail anyone who oppose Corruption & evil misdeeds of the those in power.
    If we dont act now, our childrens future will be DARK .

  10. to
    August 1st, 2009 at 3.39pm

    in malaysia, u cannot get a few million to march on the streets lah. not even 50,000. we malaysians, especially the chinese, are too kiasu to join.

    i am one of those guilty ones. but today i DID try to join. walked miles and miles on foot trying to penetrate the police lines/barricades.

    but unsuccessful…


  11. PeeM…running scarred….”why protest, we need ideas to revise the ISA, not demonstrations..” Nazri, Zahid say that the ISA WILL NOT BE ABOLISHED! Yes, UMNO needs it to stay in power…


  12. dear s. amin,
    what goes around comes around. at least the people who were arrested can live their lives with their heads held high knowing that they did something that is selfless and honorable and millions of people in Malaysians present and the future will remember their deeds as heroic.
    as for you, sitting there in front of your computer and when you die people will not remember your comments nor mine in that matter. and what have you done in your life but letting your goverment carry on detaining your own countrymen without trial. if you can hold your head up with that knowledge lets hope when you die there will be many people who would come to your funeral and say that you are a good man/woman.
    my guess is that your friends either tolerate you or they are false and supports ISA like you do.

  13. millions are waiting all over malaysia to give you brave people out there. Just cant get there. Freedom
    after 52 yrs by this BN goons,

  14. Watched or followed on the digital media, by the tens of thousands of Malaysians and thousands overseas, 1Malaysia has today displayed itself as a tyrranical State vs the masses of People. Tear gassed and cannon-watered, the brave legions of Reformasi are determined to deliver a civil rights anti-ISA plea to the Palace.

    Malaysians, cheer ourselves for our resolve and courage to bring about transformation and national salvation ! Kuching, Sarawak.

  15. it seems that someone is masterminding all these actions taken by the police, fru etc.i thot that polis are to serve and protect the rakyat, like in usa, but here in bolehland, the polis (appear to be working) for umno. now we have umno cyber troopers talking … here. Hey, what happen in kl is news all over the world. tak malu ke kita?… to those who who hold the power… what the … are u guys doing to the rakyat and the country… selfish hypocrite..

  16. Bravo to the Malaysians who care for all Malaysians and want justice by abolishing ISA. ISA is the law of barbarians not civilised soceity.

  17. I’m so moved by the sacrifices made by those attending the rally. Overseas, the police will make sure everyone is safe. In Malaysia, it would seem, they beat, teargas and water canon the protestors. I’m so, so, so angry with this government.

  18. for now we can use and should be change when new power of govert do not worry times will come all rule and law can be change.

  19. Malaysiakini reports that Norlaila and her child was arrested. They arrested a child! How low can they go?

  20. Dear All,

    ISA has no place in Malaysia. Don’t wait until it affects you only then you wake up and said “I should have don’t something before.


  21. I think the whole ‘pro- ISA’ is a farce and a ploy. It is to give reason for the police to stop the rally, so as to avoid clash.


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