Tomorrow, the Jerit cyclists are due to submit their memorandums to Abdullah Badawi and Anwar in Parliament
It is the climax of an extraordinary campaign that has been wildly successful in publicising the six Jerit demands.
Ironically, the oppressive police action only served to heighten publicity for the campaign. If the cyclists had just been allowed to quietly pedal their way to Parliament without any obstruction, perhaps fewer people would have sat up and noticed.
Let’s hope there’s no more drama when they hand over their memos in Parliament tomorrow.
This is a piece I wrote for IPS looking at the campaign as a whole:
POLITICS-MALAYSIA: Protestors Pedal to Parliament, Brave Police
By Anil Netto
PENANG, Dec 17 (IPS) – Dozens of cyclists promoting workers’ rights are on an extraordinary odyssey across the country, scheduled to climax with the handing over of memorandums in Parliament on Thursday.
It has been a rough ride, so far, with arrests and police harassment constantly threatening to bring their journey to a premature end.
Full article here.