90-Day Countdown to 13GE – Let Najib prove sincerity in wanting Malaysia to begin journey to be “world’s best democracy” by ensuring peaceful and historic holding of 112 Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka tomorrow

Yesterday evening, while on the way to Pontian to launch the DAP Tanjong Piai 13GE operations centre, I tweeted the following:

“PR to give full co-operation. Call on all Malaysians to make 112 historic day http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/218605 Police aim for ‘zero casualties’ at weekend rally Mkini”

This was after I read the report that the Police corporate communication chief, Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf had declared at a media briefing at Bukit Aman that despite casualties which happened during previous rallies and protests, the police aimed to have “zero casualties” at tomorrow’s rally.

Ramli stressed that security is the police’s utmost priority, that the police are serious about the security and safety of everyone and that this matter was also discussed at the meeting between the inspector-general of police and organisers few days ago.

At the meeting concerned last Tuesday, the IGP, Tan Sri Ismail Omar told Pakatan Rakyat leaders that he wants the Jan 12 rally to be “a historic moment where the police can learn from their past weaknesses” and gave a guarantee that the police will merely take on a facilitatory role during the planned rally at Stadium Merdeka.

It therefore came as a shock and surprise that later in the evening, there were reports that the police did an “about-turn” when the Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohamed Salleh issued a press release, wanting the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat to be held in Stadium National Bukit Jalil instead of in Stadium Merdeka.

This was clearly the result of unacceptable political interference with the police by the political leadership, in view of the demands by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, who is also UMNO Information Chief that the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat should be held in Stadium National Bukit Jalil and not Stadium Merdeka.

I am glad that good sense has finally prevailed and that the rally tomorrow will be held at Stadium Merdeka as had been agreed with the police authorities.

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should ensure that there is no political interference whether by the Home Minister, the UMNO Information chief or other political operatives to prevent the IGP from ensuring that the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat rally tomorrow is a peaceful and successful one from the standpoint of human rights and democracy and “a historic moment” where the police begin to regain public confidence in its efficiency, independence and professionalism to uphold the law and promote democracy and not an agent of the ruling politicians to defend the existing regime.

The latest public opinion poll on the Prime Minister’s approval rating conducted by Merdeka Center in the last two weeks of last year and made public yesterday revealed that Najib’s popularity rating dropped two points to 63 per cent from last October.

This is Najib’s lowest popularity rating for the whole of last year, which fluctuated from 69% in February and April to 65% in May, 64% in June and 65% in October.

Najib’s popularity rating last year dropped to the lowest level of 65% in May and 64% in June after the public relations disaster in the police rampage and government mishandling of the Bersih 3.0 rally at Dataran Merdeka on April 28, when salt, water bottles and even handphones were regarded as “weapons of mass destruction” to topple the Barisan Nasional government.

Similarly, in 2011, Najib’s popularity rating plunged to the lowest level for that year, i.e. 59%, after the police excessive use of force, violence and brutality during the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9, 2011.

If the peaceful and democratic “Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat” rally at Stadium Merdeka tomorrow joins Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0 rallies as the third major “black mark” of the Najib administration, Najib should expect his popularity rating to plunge to the lowest depth in his four-year premiership – even lower than the lowly 45% popularity rating with which he started as Prime Minister in April 2009.

In such circumstances, no one believes that Najib could recover from such a fatal political blow to save him and Barisan Nasional in the impending 13th general elections which should be held in March.

Let Najib prove his sincerity in wanting Malaysia to begin the journey to be the “world’s best democracy” by ensuring peaceful and historic holding of 112 Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka tomorrow.

  1. #1 by sotong on Friday, 11 January 2013 - 4:32 pm

    A great opportunity for police to show their professionalism and take great pride in the job they do.

  2. #2 by cseng on Friday, 11 January 2013 - 5:29 pm

    With special attention to the pressmen, such as pressmen tags, pressmen police bodyguard. View this positively or negatively as you like.

    Some people are desperate for fear mongering footages exclusively for TV1/2/3 screening, as preparation for GE13. Fear not the real participants, but those licensed trouble makers.

    Anyway, we walked before, experienced, armed with cameras… lets exposure them online.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Friday, 11 January 2013 - 5:53 pm

    People should really go to this one because the more people go, the more they will drive Mahathir mad/crazy and sends shiver down to Rosmah’s diamond crusted fingers…

    I really wish I was a fly in the wall when Mahathir follow the going-ons and I wish someone will ask Mahathir what he think of Najib letting it happen and whether he think Najib is still better than Badawi…

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Friday, 11 January 2013 - 6:58 pm

    AhCheatKor learnt his lesson, lagi so close 2 GE13, got 2 show d world he is a nice guy
    So, mayb he n blakc losi out 2molo 2 give flowers 2 all at d 121 @ssembly

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Saturday, 12 January 2013 - 8:48 am

    ///This was clearly the result of unacceptable political interference with the police by the political leadership…..///

    This is the problem with Umno. While they want the rakyat to follow the rule of the law, they think they can be above the law just because they are the ruling party.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Saturday, 12 January 2013 - 9:03 am

    Deepak claims that he will go to 112 Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat to expose everything if PR, upon taking power, will not prosecute him. I hope PR will not fall prey to Deepak’s request as there are rules of law to follow in this country as to whether a person could be acquitted of the crime he committed.

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Saturday, 12 January 2013 - 10:23 am

    Forget abt d carpet bug ger, just sweep d bug under d carpet; it is playing games 2 maximise returns, sicko

  8. #8 by john on Saturday, 12 January 2013 - 10:31 am

    There are many,many, enough of records and evidences of UMNO/bn’s past over 55 years of wrongdoings, plunders during Mad’tir’s regime, Bodowi sleeping-cunning period, present still unelected ‘PM’ .
    (Never for a second forget the decayance, great harm that Mad’tir cause the nation – Deepak was a diversion).
    Is only the means (as all MSM in their hands) to dessiminate these and explain (assurances by PR LEADERS )to the people that had been hoodwink/brainwash/in-betweens/ etc./ all this while comes each GE.
    The wanna frogs, Deepak, self-interest ones, etc. will find their ‘niche’ in opportune moment – leave them to their games/masters.

  9. #9 by chengho on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 6:13 am

    yesterday lepak /demo mostly village folk , the urbane on the sideline , same old story

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