88-Day Countdown to 13GE – KL112 the major turning point for maturing democracy in Malaysia

The peaceful and successful holding of the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat at Stadium Merdeka (KL112) yesterday is a major turning point for maturing democracy in Malaysia.

It achieved many historic firsts in Malaysia, including:

• The peaceful gathering of 100,000 patriotic and visionary Malaysians of all races, religions and region, regardless of age or gender, coming together in hope, goodwill and unity for a better Malaysia where there is freedom and justice for all Malaysians and future generations;

• No playing of the race or religious card, no race or religious baiting or incitement to provoke hatred and conflict in any of the speeches whether by Pakatan Rakyat leaders or civil society representatives;

• No dissemination of lies or falsehoods, as has become the wont and modus operandi of Barisan Nasional leaders and their propaganda organs in their attacks on the Pakatan Rakyat;

• 10-point call by Pakatan Rakyat and civil society for freedom, justice and sustainable development representing all races, religions and regions to build a united, harmonious, progressive and prosperous Malaysia;

• Pakatan Rakyat pledge with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leading 100,000 Malaysians chanting “Merdeka” to continue the Merdeka legacy of Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman who shouted “Merdeka” seven times in Merdeka Stadium on August 31, 1957 – symbolising the new phase of the Merdeka struggle to free the country from local oppressive rule;

• At the end of KL112, never before in Malaysian history has the national anthem Negaraku been sung with such passion, hope and deep feelings by Malaysians of all races, religions and regions for democratic change to bring about a better Malaysia.

The politics of lies and falsehoods, as well as the irresponsible playing of the race and religious cards, to create fear, sow conflict and divide Malaysians which had contaminated Malaysian politics in the past few years have failed to stop the momentum for peaceful and democratic change as symbolised by the peaceful and successful holding of KL 112.

The next step for maturing democracy in Malaysia is to institutionalise a two-coalition system by ushering in peaceful alternation of power and government through the ballot box.

The 13th general elections remain a great challenge to Pakatan Rakyat but KL112 is an important barometer that however arduous and difficult, a change of government in Putrajaya in the next polls is within reach.

In fact, KL112 should be a turning point for the UBAH agenda, with the upgrading of the call to Malaysians not only to unite to vote for a change of Federal government in Putrajaya, but to ensure that it is not enough for Pakatan Rakyat to win but equally important to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat has a strong and firm parliamentary majority of at least 28 seats, i.e. ensuring that PR wins at least 125 parliamentary seats or PKR with 45 seats and DAP and PAS each with 40 parliamentary seats.

Thus from KL112 to 13GE!

  1. #1 by chengho on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 4:31 pm

    slightly less than 40k ( Merdeka Stadium capacity 30k) , 90% folk from village , 7 million people in KL, saturday morning business as usual

  2. #2 by ayllim on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 7:19 pm

    100,000 seems a fair estimate. A bit on the low side, if anything.
    The stadium seats 35,000. However, nobody was seated. All were standing, and thus taking up less space. So maybe 40,000 on the terrace. And even more, maybe 60,000, on the field and race track? (Look at the videos and photos at http://roadlesstraveledindeed.blogspot.com.au/).
    Don’t forget too those who were outside. Chua Jui Meng claims that by 2pm all main roads to the stadium were jammed/blocked by people. His group only got as far as Bulatan Merdeka (Chinese Assembly Hall/Kuan Yin Temple) and couldn’t go any further because of the crowd.

  3. #3 by ayllim on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 7:39 pm

    LKS, I am glad you stated the target of 45 seats for PKR and 40 each for PAS and DAP.
    For there to be a new PR federal government, all three parties must do well. It would be futile for DAP to win big, only to watch the other two parties struggle.
    Please encourage your party members to help PKR and PAS candidates win.
    And there’s no harm conceding a few state seats to your coalition partners to ensure stable and racially ‘balanced’ PR state governments, especially in Perak, NS and Johore.
    Goodwill, not greed, must prevail. After 45 long years of struggle and sacrifice, victory may finally be within your grasp!

  4. #4 by Winston on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 8:31 pm

    The corrupted bunch must be shitting in their pants!
    Not pissing!
    The never ending shit coming out of those to whom the electorate has given the mandate to govern for five and a half decades, really have them seething!!
    And this resentment will galvanise them into casting their votes only for the PR!
    There is a strong possiblilty that UMNO/BN will not be returned as the opposition!!!!!
    They will be dumped in the wilderness till eternity!!!

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 9:01 pm

    Time 2 storm d Bastille, ooops, Putrajaya

  6. #6 by good coolie on Monday, 14 January 2013 - 11:08 pm

    After winning the G.E. what?
    Getting Datukship? Concession for you and your family (and for your cronies)? Your own alphabet soup to match that of your future “ex-PM”? What is your concrete plan? Can you undo UMNO’s policies of disunity and unite Malaysians the way we once were? A whole country relies on a little flower of hope.

    I remember a ten-cents plate of mee and a semblance of unity. What about you young man? But you other, Sir, who have seen the two-cents plate of mee and have suffered so much in those days. That you are here at all is inspiration to me. I salute you! You know what “One-Malaysia” should and should not be.

    Make the Shy Hibiscus Bloom.

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