Malaysia Day eve – Zunar does us proud by becoming the first full-time cartoonist to win the International Press Freedom award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. At the same time, it is an indictment on the state of media freedom in Malaysia.
9am – 1pm – Launch of Parti Amanah Negara at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Section 15, Shah Alam expected to be attended by 2,000 people.
11am – Red Shirts rally participants expected to convene at Bukit Bintang. Three rally check points: Masjid Negara, Masjid Al Bukhary on Jalan Hang Tuah, and Kompleks Kraf on Jalan Conlay.
Weather forecast for KL: Rain and a thunderstorm in the morning followed by a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon(!)
3pm – Red Shirts rally participants expected to march to Padang Merbok. (Malaysians are hoping that the police will act impartially and professionally in monitoring the rally and the situation around the Klang Valley.)
3pm-5pm – Another group calling itself Malaysians for Malaysia is organising a birthday party for Malaysia at Taman KLCC. Their message: “Let’s help stop the spread of hate, bigotry and racism by celebrating and loving what it means to be Malaysian!”
From 6pm – Malaysia Day celebrations in Kota Kinabalu. Najib, Sabah CM Musa Aman and Sarawak CM Adenan Satem expected to sign a Malaysia Day document. (So who’s in charge in KL? Deputy PM Zahid?)
Weather forecast for KK: Rain expected in late afternoon.