At 12.30pm Bangkok time. It seems about 30,000 people have gathered at the Kelana Jaya Stadium to protest the fuel hike. No untoward incident so far.

There are some police presence but they are on the monitoring mode.

It seems like a carnival with stalls all set up at the stadium. Pakatan Rakyat leaders will give speeches at 2pm. And the event will culminate with a speech by Anwar Ibrahim.

There were many attempts to ensure that the protest did not take place, like false sms-es. But organisers were adamant that it would go on.

Not sure how it will all turn out at the end. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I am proud to see so many Malaysians braving the unpredictable to attend such a protest to express their views.

56 responses »

  1. Harrison says:

    The last time there’s a fuel hike protest organized by an opposition parties (no Police Permits), I was present, with caution not holding any placards but clapping whenever the opposition speaker made critical remarks on the Government.

    I applied caution as I notice police in plian-cloths snapping photos of the protesters.

  2. allah s child says:

    well i snap pics of the police as well
    so do not be afraid
    power in numbers

  3. allen ng says:

    I hope that the rally of this fuel hike protest would be a success and no untowards incident should occur.Infact,this is the opportunity to show to the Barisan’s government that the people’s hardship is not taken of.

    Beware of UMNO’s provocateurs!They may be there to create trouble so that the event would not be a success.

  4. TYKo says:

    Don’t worry, I snap a lot of photos too. I was there till 1pm.
    It is surely carnival like feeling.

    I feel safe and comfortable too. People just want to express themselves.
    Wonder why the hoo-ha from the government?
    Indeed, we need more sure occasion – for freedom of speech.

  5. Orang Utan says:

    Someone compared Petronas with Shell and Exxon.Shell & Exxon started off with private indivual effort and money whereas Petronas is started by Malaysian govt using the taxpayer money. Righfully we rakyat should have a stake in its profit.It is just like investment in unit trust whereby the govt is using our money to invest. So what happen is that instead they not only do not pay us the dividend they are even squeezing us until our last drop of blood.E.g they are using our money to build highway and they set up a company to collect tolls.

  6. tamade says:

    There are 49% voters supporting the PKR in 8 Mac 08 GE.

    However, after the fuel price hike, I suppose this figure must have increased dramatically to more than 70% due to mis-management and flip-flop policies of the Bolehland Fed Guomen’s leaders who refuse to accept the Rakyat’s verdict and refuse to change.

    The Bolehland Rakyat has become much more matured now and their mentalities are at par with the mentality of the developed nations. Bravo, Rakyat.

    If the Rakyat continues to suffer due to stagflation, and the Bolehland’s Ruling Elites continues to condone their tainted political leaders and protect the top Guomen Brass who misused their authority, it will definitely spell an end to the career for most of their MPs in the next GE.

  7. ktteokt says:

    It’s not too late to realize that we have been taken for a ride by the BN government. They use our money to dig for petroleum, set up a stupid company to manage the petroleum obtained, export the “good” petroleum and then import some “lousy” petroleum for local consumption. In between, no one knows how much profits they made and they use these profits to salvage “sinking” companies of some big shots.

    Similarly, we pay road tax but the highways are not classified as “roads” and we have been made to pay exhorbitant tolls for using them. What is worst is that when these highway management companies cannot achieve their quota in profits, they turn to the government for compensation. Absolutely no logic in doing so. All these should be blamed on Dr. M who started the stupid privatization programmes. Remember his stupid trailer on TV those days….”bayangkan Malaysia sebagai sebuah syarikat yang besar…….”

  8. Orang Utan says:

    recently the Biz Star columist reported that so far Petronas which has been in existence since 1974 have reaped at least RM300 billion.U can imagine if half were to be given back to each citizen how much will each of us get?

  9. BobbyNZ says:

    Wonder who’s sponsoring these people with those red t-shirts. Talking about high cost of living!

  10. hutchrun says:

    AG and IGP JUMP INTO ACTION:

    It is noteworthy at this juncture that the police, according to the online update of Berita Minggu today, had issued a warning that the Sedition Act would be used against the organisers of the gathering and speakers whose speeches they would consider as having elements of sedition and defamation.

    http://mustafakanuar.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/sedition-act-may-be-used-against-kelana-jaya-protesting-speakers/

  11. hutchrun says:

    Bernama helps set the stage:

    Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the police would continue to monitor the rally, particularly the speeches of the opposition party leaders.

    “We will monitor their speeches to detect elements of sedition and, if they resort to such a thing, we will conduct an investigation under the Sedition Act,” he said when met at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, here.

    He also said that the police had received not less than 10 telephone calls from residents in the vicinity of the stadium complaining about the rally.

    Some of the residents had complained that there were rally participants who had disregarded the law and parked their vehicles haphazardly in the neighbouring housing estate, obstructing the entry and exit routes.

    Khalid had earlier accompanied the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, on a visit to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters.

    — MORE
    http://web7.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=344298

  12. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ
    the T shirt can still be worn after the carnival and not to be thrown away. Use your head lah!

  13. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    U think we cant afford to buy a T shirt ah? I think U must be one of those BN guy out to disrupt our good intention.

  14. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    I know yr intention. U must have thought that we have already been sucked dry so where got some more money?

  15. Anonymous says:

    turun the harga minyak. And turun the shameful murderer.

  16. Orang Utan says:

    BobyNZ,
    I think u must b thinking since these people r not corrupted (like our mentors) where they got d money? Correct?

  17. hutchrun says:

    Malaysiakini:

    Misbehaving rock singer mobbed by angry crowd
    Jul 6, 08 7:07pm

    breaking news A segment of the crowd at the Kelana Jaya stadium was raging with anger after the singer showed his bare rear to the crowd.MORE
    Tried to siege the stage
    ‘Umno goons to blame’

  18. sheela says:

    Hats off to all the brave people.
    Take care. God will show us the path
    in the near futhur.
    Truth will never die.

  19. tsudomy and duress says:

    show your support to DSAI

    do not let him down at this moment

    make sure when DSAI turn to look behind all his supporters are there

    Insyaallah – we will be blessed with a new Govt come Sept 2008 as planned.

    The murderer (S) will be brought to Justice.

  20. Natasha says:

    I fully agree with Harisson on his July 6th, 2008 at 2:22 pm post. marina Mahathir is the biggest hypocrite of all. She infiltrated the blogging community socializing with bloggers that is to achieve her father’s (Mahathir Mohamad) aim to castigate the Abdullah Government by neutralizing bloggers’ instead of her father’s past misdeeds.

    Jeff Ooi for instance is a doubtful character having being a close friend of Marina Mahathir. She never rebuke Mahathir Mohamad even when the RCI implicated him in interference in Judicial affairs.

    Not Mathathir has a critical blog to rebuke his anathema. You can ask Steven Gan how many times Malaysiakini office was ransacked by the police during Mahathir’s era.

    This bloggers who go on strike has only their agenda to achieve, when Mahathir’s man takes over the helm from Badawi, they will “kuai-kuai” (nicely) go back to UMNO and say bloggers has limitations.

    Great post Susan. I 100% respect of what you respect as the Truth as other’s has thier respect for their own truth.

    And also to Harrison, good take.

  21. Orang Utan says:

    Understood lah. Mahathir is her father wat.

  22. juta says:

    If petrol price keep on rising, use water as fuel, see this new technology at http://jobcareerlife.blogspot.com/

  23. BobbyNZ says:

    Dont blame your mentality Orang Utan. You came out from the jungle hahaha. The protests should aim at the US as the problem of high fuel started there with greedy energy traders and angry suppliers like Iran and Venezuela.

  24. Pegasus says:

    The gathering has been peaceful, more would have turn up,if not for the BN goons who threatens the people with all kinds of statements. Some of the bloggers are indeed hypocrites who dance to the music played by BN regime.They are not sincere and have shown tendencies to support the BN regime. We know the BN leaders are real wolfs in sheep clothing. These are leaders whose party BN,have been robbing and plundering the nation of its wealth. The BN /Umno robbers have totally wipe off the nation’s wealth the past 30 years and today we are paying for trusting these S-holes. Our earlier generations have been duped and cheated by BN,the younger group now with the old generation have woken up after all these years. March 8th,was turning point,may we make September 16th a memorable day in our nation’s history by making Pakatan the federal government and Anwar as the PM if all goes as plan.

  25. BobbyNZ says:

    Most of the protesters are definitely paid to be in attendance. Another political ploy.

  26. BobbyNZ says:

    Pegasus

    Suggest you ask the nearest stock broker about short selling in the currency and stock market. Then you will appreciate that in 1997/98, “the robbing and plundering the nation of its wealth” did take place. By international CROOKS. How come? Anwar legalised short selling in 1997. Coincidental? No No. They gave him a red carpet welcome in 1998 and a free tour of the Pentagon with his gay driver. Inconvenient Truth!

    Cheers
    BoobyNZ

    p/s Still not convinced? Read George Soros book : The Theory of Reflexivity where he took credit for plundering the economy of the Soviet Union in the early 90s.

  27. Harrison says:

    Natasha,

    Thanks for the compliments but if I am not mistaken, your comments are posted at the wrong topic. Hahaha. :>

  28. ImranJ says:

    Orang Utan, ktteokt,
    May I suggest that before you `try’ to post any another post on the oil and gas industry, that you should at least try to do some research. Hopefully then what you write will be factual rather then `myths’.

    ktteokt,
    Do you know what’s the difference between your so called `lousy’ and `good’ oil? Do you know the irrespective of what crude you use, your end product quality is the same?

    OrangUtan,
    You claim that none of the oil money comes back to the rakyat? I beg to differ. As about 35 – 40% of the government’s budget comes from Petronas via tax and dividend payments, it means 1/3 of all the government’s expenditure comes from Petronas. This means 1/3 of your children’s public education is being paid with Petronas money, 1/3 of Selangor’s free water is paid with Petronas money, 1/3 of our security forces are paid with Petronas, 1/3 of our infrastructure is paid with Petronas money and the list goes on and on. Please check your facts when you say that Malaysia citizens don’t gain anything from our oil!

  29. BobbyNZ says:

    Good one ImranJ. But dont hope these guys want the truth. The are probably paid to support Anwar and a big fat bonus at the end of the pipeline. But thanks heaps cos that’s the simple plain truth.

  30. bondoun says:

    ImranJ & BobbyNZ:

    If Orang Utan want change, use the proper method to achieve it, but not by destroying Malaysia. Anwar is using Malaysians anger to achieve his objective to be PM. I am for change for the good of Malaysia, but not at the expense of our country. If you think destroying Malaysia will bring good to us all, then I think you have to re-evaluate your thoughts process.

    Orang Utan: you sounded angry, hateful and irrational. Remember, not all Malaysians share your view. So, put down your view and step away from it. Don’t charge at anyone who has the same right to their viewpoint!

    It seemed Anwar is commited to bring down the elected government. Look they have won the GE! Let them rule and wait for the next GE.

  31. goldenscreen says:

    “Most of the protesters are definitely paid to be in attendance. Another political ploy.”

    So are most of the attendees at Barisan Nasional functions with the added incentive of free water, nasi bungkus and sexy dancers. Didn’t hear you complain about that eh?

    “Suggest you ask the nearest stock broker about short selling in the currency and stock market. Then you will appreciate that in 1997/98, “the robbing and plundering the nation of its wealth” did take place. By international CROOKS. How come? Anwar legalised short selling in 1997. Coincidental? No No. They gave him a red carpet welcome in 1998 and a free tour of the Pentagon with his gay driver. Inconvenient Truth!”

    Another inconvenient truth for you Bobby – your dear beloved Barisan Nasional also robbed and plundered from public coffers for decades, didn’t hear you complain about that eh? By the way, whatever happened to the US$1 million++ paid by Tun Mahathir to Jack Abramoff (the Jewish lobbyist indicted by US federal authorities)?

    “May I suggest that before you `try’ to post any another post on the oil and gas industry, that you should at least try to do some research. Hopefully then what you write will be factual rather then `myths’.”

    Fair enough as I don’t have any experience whatsoever in the Oil and Gas industry. What I know more than enough is the Oil for Food Scandal. Mastek Sdn Bhd owned by Pak Lah’s Sister-in-law and her ex-husband (who was introduced to the Iraqis by our good Pak Lah – then the DPM) paid so-called surcharges (read bribes) to Saddam Hussein amounting to US$10 million. Iraqi documents referred to Mastek Sdn Bhd as “Mr Faek Ahmad Shareef/for the benefit of Abdullah”. In case you are lazy to read or search the Internet, Faek Ahmad is the ex-husband mentioned above.

    Ever heard of Tradeyear Sdn Bhd? Iraqi documents lists the beneficiaries as Faek Ahmad and Mr. Abdullah Badawi, the company paid US$116,000 in surcharges and got back 9.2 million barrels of oil from Saddam’s goodwill. In case you want to bore yourself with the details you can find the report online titled IIC Final Report – Chapter 2.

    “You claim that none of the oil money comes back to the rakyat? I beg to differ. As about 35 – 40% of the government’s budget comes from Petronas via tax and dividend payments, it means 1/3 of all the government’s expenditure comes from Petronas. This means 1/3 of your children’s public education is being paid with Petronas money, 1/3 of Selangor’s free water is paid with Petronas money, 1/3 of our security forces are paid with Petronas, 1/3 of our infrastructure is paid with Petronas money and the list goes on and on. Please check your facts when you say that Malaysia citizens don’t gain anything from our oil!”

    Correct. Some Malaysians however got more than the majority of Malaysians. No point in guessing who, as I know UMNO troopers already know how RICH their bosses are.

    “Good one ImranJ. But dont hope these guys want the truth. The are probably paid to support Anwar and a big fat bonus at the end of the pipeline. But thanks heaps cos that’s the simple plain truth.”

    Mr. Anwar Ibrahim, do you hear that? I’m still waiting for my commission. Otherwise I better work for Barisan Nasional….NOT!

  32. BobbyNZ says:

    Glad you see some light “goldenscreen”. I agree that all politicians are corrupt. But Anwar is different. His corruption almost destroyed the Malaysian economy in 1997/8 and he broke my ricebowl. That’s the major difference!

  33. ImranJ says:

    goldenscreen,
    I have heard a lot about the Oil for Food Scandal and I must admit that I do not know much about it. Nevertheless, if the facts are out there, why isn’t anyone prosecuting? I am of the view that a person is innocent till proven guilty. If we don’t follow this simple principle of justice, we as a people are doomed. Until then, all the accusation about AAB being involved is just that.. accusations!

    I am not denying nor can confirm whether some people `gained’ more from the government’s coffers as I am not privy to such information. Again, if there are information and proof on these, bring it out and prosecute! I am all for it! We all want to change Malaysia, so bring the information out! Just talking does not get the job done.

  34. BobbyNZ says:

    ImranJ

    These guys are saying the ruling parties “make corrupt monies” and get away. Wasn’t Anwar the same when he was in political power? Wasn’t he imprisoned for corruption? I actually met a business partner of his in NZ and told that Bengladeshi that “the pot shouldnt call the kettle black” hehe. But this Anwar betrayed the nation by legalising short selling of currency and stocks in 1997 so that the CROOKS could devalue them by 90%. Now the Dow Jones is down by 20% and the US economy is custard! That’s due to shitty fundamentals.

  35. BobbyNZ says:

    Of course its common knowledge that politicians make money. Isnt that the reason US went to war with Iraq? So they could destroy the country and use Iraqi oil to pay for reconstruction? But this Anwar let the CROOKS destroy the Malaysian economy. That’s corruption of the worst kind tantamount to treason!

  36. copyninja says:

    http://amircesc4.wordpress.com/

    add-on to the PROTES, some nice ringtones!

  37. Dr. Rosli says:

    Rakyat must protest. We have oil and it is only fair that the proceeds from our oil resources be utlized to lighten the burden of rakyat.

    Free market has many flaws. It has no mechanism to take care ofthe poor. Intervention is needed. The government will have to create that mechanism.

    Measured in monetary term, of course the amount of subsidies go up but if measures in barrels of oil, that is, in real term, subsidies stay almost the same. Don’t tell us if oil price goes to USD200 pb or USD 300 pb due to speculation, rakyat must also pay the market price?

    Oil price can be brought down. Reduce petroleum tax and impose hire profit tax on oil companies. Sell only the excess barrels of oil to the international market. Price can then be brought down.

    People in many parts of the world are protesting against oil price hike. It is therefore a legitimate course of action. Rakyat Malaysia must continue to protest until we see the price of oil comes down or the government comes down.

  38. robert13 says:

    Hello all,

    Hmm.. all the actions started with just increasing oil fuel and diesel prices. I wonder if the cooking oil increase? Rakyat will definitely go ‘outrageous’ in cities.

    It was a mistake that the federal government action of hiking the fuel price at a drastic range. It should be done in a slow motion to cushion the burden impact for the rakyat. 41% increase in just one shot? Its crazy.

  39. robert13 says:

    But the good thing is the protest is done in a peaceful way. Personally I think this is much-much better than other countries where the protest are “overacting” and “eye-sickening”. Perhaps, our citizens is more concern and well educated with the current issues happening in the country.

  40. kesava says:

    I actually met a business partner of his in NZ and told that Bengladeshi that “the pot shouldnt call the kettle black” hehe – BobbyNZ

    I know of Bangladesh immigration agents who pay millions to UMNO Ministers and Immigration in malaysia to bring in foreign workers.

  41. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ, ImranJ,
    U memtioned that 1/3 of Govt expenditure come from Petronas. First where did u get these information. The taxes paid by Petronas is compulsaary corporate tax where every company will have to pay.So what happened to the 2/3 profit kept by Petronas?. In the first place Petronas were being set up by the Govt. So where do u think the money came from?? Since they r using the rakyat money for the oil venture dont u think the rakyat is entitle to a stake in it profits?

  42. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    U mentioned that most of the protestors r definitely being paid to attend. I think u must have received a lot of money from yr mentors.Then where else did u get this idea?

  43. Orang Utan says:

    Dr Rosli i agree with yr opinion.

  44. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    U mentioned DSAI broke yr ricebowl isn’t Mahathir the PM then?

  45. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    U mentioned that DSAI is being jailed for corruption. I think u must be ignorant of the infamous Lingam tape.Please search & click on Anwar Ibrahim to view the tape.Since u r in NZ I cant blame u for not knowing of its existence

  46. Bola Hangus says:

    why are these people wearing red bandanas? they look like d khmer rouge..

  47. BobbyNZ says:

    Orang Utan,

    Wasnt there a case of Anwar’s father getting more than a million shares in some company and it was big news and hushed hushed? Yes I saw the Lingam tape and I am waiting to see the Anwar tape.

  48. BollehWOOD says:

    A computer beat me in chess, but it was no match when it came to kickboxing

  49. ImranJ says:

    OrangUtan,
    Maybe I should remind you again. Research up on the oil and gas industry and maybe polish up a bit on your business economics. Companies such as Petronas do not only pay taxes to the government, they also pay shareholder dividends. Who are Petronas’ shareholders? Malaysian government owns 100% of Petronas holding company but not 100% of all its operating companies due to various joint ventures worldwide.

    The 1/3 that I was talking about is the precentage of Malaysian government’s yearly budget, NOT Petronas’ profit. If you look at Petronas’ profit, about 65% is returned back to the government via tax payment AND shareholder dividends. I can predict your next question – what happens to the other 35%? Well, Petronas is a business isn’t it? And businesses need money to keep afloat – cash flow preservation, reinvestments etc. It takes a LOT of money to make more money in the oil and gas industry.

    We have not even taken into consideration how much money Petronas is directly paying to subsidize riduculously cheap natural gas to electric power producers, industries, homes, NGV vehicles etc etc. If we include these, Petronas’ contributions would be even more.

  50. Pegasus says:

    BobbyNZ,
    Thanks for your enlightenment, if you are aware the PM then in 1997/98 crisis is Dr.M and not Anwar,its was due to his management that allow financial speculators as George Soros to raid that nation and other Asian countries ,Russia of course is one country he had maked his money . Anwar may be no angel but on current scenario in choosing between Najib and Anwar,I would settle for Anwar. Najib stature goes without saying, Anwar after imprisonment hopefully has learnt his lesson.If he is elected to be PM and subsequently let the people and nation down,then he should be given the boot,but if he performs well ,then I believe the people will be definitely behind him.
    Cheers!

  51. BobbyNZ says:

    Pegasus,

    It was under Anwar’s JURISDICTION to legalise short selling of currency and stocks in 1997. I heard his announcement myself loud and clear. More than RM$500 billion wiped out by 1998. Otherwise, today, Malaysia like Venezuela, would sell oil at fraction of what it is. The CAUSE of high oil prices today is Anwar Ibrahim, the “puppet” and crony of the CROOKS! What a joke to hold a rally recently!

  52. Orang Utan says:

    BobbyNZ,
    Short selling is neither good or bad.it has been practiced in other advanced countries. It is just that our fundamentals r not as strong bcos during the the bull run most of the investors r just too greedy.Fr e.g they chased shares in the 2nd board counters like crazy.Many of the companies NTA may be below RM1.00 but they still buy when the share price went up to RM80.00!!. So r u one of them?

  53. Pegasus says:

    BobbyNZ, I assume you must have lost much in the 1997/98 crisis. Well,thats a good 10 years ago, guess you have landed in NZ due to that,if I am right. Lighten up,Anwar could turn up to be blessing in disguise for you if he is elected as the PM.Ha,Ha,Ha. Life is short,whatever happen has happened. Lets hope the economy of the country and a new government is formed which will lead to a better life for all of us.

  54. BobbyNZ says:

    Orang Utan and Pegasus,

    Short selling with intention to destroy economies tantamounts to “mens rea” (criminal intention). Anwar was part of that scheme. I stand up against him not because I side the BNs but because he is the “epitome” of corruption in Malaysia.

    Cheers

    BobbyNZ
    p/s I am riding high above the waves of “recession” now haha

  55. Klevar says:

    Short selling with intention to destroy economies tantamounts to “mens rea” (criminal intention). – BobbyNZ

    Ini betul otak kaldai. Ketam menyuruh anaknya jalan betul.

  56. BobbyNZ says:

    Klevar

    YOu otak ketam kah? hehe

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