Were you making a trip to the capital of this country yesterday? Did you know what happened in KL yesterday?
If yes, you will be obviously stuck in a horrific traffic jam. I was just like you. And it took me freaking 2.5 hours from Banting to reach the city centre.
Picture was taken by Isaac at Federal Highway.
There were several roadblocks along major highways leading to the city. Each roadblock reduced the traffic to only one lane.
Isaac was stuck in the jam of Federal Highway when he was on his way to meet us in Times Square. Unfortunately, I was too stuck in Banting-Klang trunk road before getting stuck again in Kesas Highway heading towards KL.
It was indeed a horrendous traffic jam. How could I ever take 180 minutes to reach Times Square from Banting?
Now why the roadblocks, you must be wondering.
This is the reason why.
Picture in courtesy of Malaysiakini.com
Tens of thousands of protesters massed outside Istana Negara this afternoon, facing off against riot police in defiance of a government ban on the rally calling for clean and fair elections.
A rally that was not approved by the police and the ruling government, but the organisers insisted on the gathering to go on.
Picture in courtesy of Malaysiakini.com
Bersih (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections), a union of 5 opposition parties and 67 NGOs, has organised this peaceful gathering to submit a memorandum to the King pressing for electoral reforms.
For those who haven’t been following on the political news on the current issues, it will be tough for you to read this entry. I am not sure whether you are aware of this organisation launched on 23 Nov 2006.
Isaac captured this shot for me as I knew I will definitely miss this due to the traffic jam in Banting.
Isaac rang me up as soon as he passed by these protesters. I heard them shouting through the phone.
“Daulat Tuanku“, which means ‘Long Live the King’, the phrase that most of us heard.
Freedom March across Jalan Kuching, picture captured by Isaac.
Although it was raining in the afternoon, the people who decided to join this rally, never gave up in the march to Istana Negara.
(For more pictures and precise details about the rally yesterday, please click here)
How do I feel about this?
It was this video that really prompted me to join the gathering.I failed to do so.
To me, I really desired to walk the freedom march. My dad warned me not to, just in case it turned chaotic when the police force come in power. I told Daddy I will only pass by Dataran Merdeka without getting off the car, and definitely not wearing yellow to avoid police investigation during roadblocks.
The police roadblocks were the stumbleblocks. By the time I reached KL yesterday, it was already 5pm.
This peaceful gathering in fact meant a lot for me, for my family and for the country that I am living in. The gathering is indeed the collective voices of the concerned citizens like you and me.
I used to be proud to call myself a Malaysian when I was young. I hope I could still shout the phrase loud and clear in future. I yearn for the change just like most NGO’s and Bersih desired.
I yearn to see the citizens to own the rights in governance of the country.
I yearn to see the country being ruled by a government free from corruption but a heart to serve the nation.
I yearn to see the country being ruled by righteous leaders who are God-fearing.
I yearn to see the citizens living in peace and harmony across all races and religions in this country.
I yearn to see the country to wipe out all the nasty corrupted politicians.
I yearn to see the government managing the available funds wisely.
I yearn to see the citizens who are in overseas to return and help the nation to grow.
I yearn to see the constitution of the country being upheld as the highest law in the country.
I yearn to see Malaysia reaching the vision 2020, as a nation that all citizens are proud of one day.
I yearn for a change at least. But, can we?
You tell me.