Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On Facebook, more than 100,000 want Najib to quit

By Clara Chooi
KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — More than 100,000 people have backed a Facebook campaign calling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resign, just two days after Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally.
The page, believed to have been set up shortly after the thousands dispersed from the city’s streets on Saturday, has been attracting at least five “likes” per second, and hit its 100,000 mark about 3.50am this morning.
Immediately after hitting its target, hundreds of users wrote “Your fired” on the wall, directing their messages to the nation’s sixth prime minister.
Since then, the number of “likes” have continued to grow and netizens now appear to be aiming for the one million mark, hoping the swelling number of supporters on the page will attract Najib’s attention.
Some users even suggested that those who clicked “like” on the page would “unlike” Najib’s fan page on Facebook, to show the prime minister his eroding support.
“Tik tok tik tok, the number of likes increasing just like every second,” said user Iven Leh. “We can see how much we wan him to resign. He should think about wat he done wrong to innocent public in this peaceful demonstration.”
Most of those who clicked “like” on the page are believed to be pro-Bersih 2.0 as the page’s wall was showered with angry comments against how the administration had dealt with Saturday’s rally.
“Najib, I strongly urge you to view the official fan page of Bersih 2.0 and eat every word you’ve spoken. No physical contact? No brutality? Or your definition of brutality is a genocide, so this is too light to be called brutality?” said user Kenny Chong.
Najib had denied any physical violence by the police, while a minister in his Cabinet, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, had praised them for their swift action in maintaining peace and public order.
The prime minister had also spent time on Sunday to visit the streets of Kuala Lumpur, which, just 24 hours before, had been a centre of mayhem when protesters clashed with riot police.
Pundits have predicted that the prime minister's high approval ratings may dip following the rally, which Bersih 2.0 has described as “Malaysia's single most defining moment in recent history”.
Najib's ratings soared to a record high of 72 per cent in May last year, appearing to return some shine to Barisan Nasional's (BN) armour, after he launched his 1 Malaysia platform to celebrate racial diversity and introduced a slew of initiatives to boost economic reform.
It dipped slightly in December last year to 69 per cent after the government began to cut subsidies for daily essentials such as fuel, gas and sugar.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bersih Rally 2011 International News

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Situation Returns To Normal In Federal Capital - IGP

Bernama - ‎11 minutes ago‎
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) -- Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the situation in the federal capital became peaceful again about 5pm Saturday after the group participating in the illegal rally dubbed 'Bersih 2.0' had dispersed. ...

KL Sentral bears brunt of police action

Malaysia Kini - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Just when the various prongs of the Kuala Lumpur Bersih 2.0 rally managed to gather momentum this afternoon as a single column, the police launched an all-out assault on the rally's central leadership in KL Sentral to decapitate the protest. ...

Malaysia police arrest 1400 protesters

Sydney Morning Herald - Romen Bose, Julia Zappei - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Malaysian police have fired teargas and water cannon, making 1400 arrests during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform. Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a ...

Mass arrests as Malaysia police and protesters clash

CNN International - Eve Bower - ‎52 minutes ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Malaysian police handcuff protesters at a mass rally calling for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur on July 9. (CNN) -- More than 1600 demonstrators have been arrested in Malaysia, police say, after clashing with riot police ...

IGP: Police provoked, Anwar uninjured

Malaysia Kini - Shah Othman - ‎1 hour ago‎
Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar today defended the police's use of tear gas and water cannons against Bersih 2.0 protesters, claiming that they were provoked into action and used only “minimal” force to disperse them. He also explicitly denied ...

Malaysian Police Fire Tear Gas at Kuala Lumpur Protesters

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysian police fired tear gas and rounded up protest leaders as thousands of opposition-backed activists defied a government ban to march on Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Stadium today, chanting "reformasi" and demanding fair elections ...

Bersih rally: As always, the trigger happy police

Malaysia Kini - Koh Teng Gee - ‎1 hour ago‎
When teenager Aminulrasyid Hamzah was shot dead by the police in a car chase some time ago, the policeman who had pulled the trigger was charged in court. It was argued then, shouldn't it be the mother who had allowed the boy to go out at night be the ...

'Bersih 2.0' illegal rally fails to muster support

New Straits Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
KUALA LUMPUR: The illegal street demonstration planned in the city today by outlawed group 'Bersih 2.0' led by Datuk S. Ambiga failed to garner support from the people as only some 10000 people turned up for it instead of the 100000 people the group ...

Over 1400 arrested, tear gas fired in Malaysia protest |

Reuters - Damir Sagolj, Angie Teo - ‎1 hour ago‎
A supporter of the ''Bersih'' electoral reform coalition looks out from inside a police truck after being detained in downtown Kuala Lumpur July 9, 2011. By Niluksi Koswanage and Razak Ahmad KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police fired repeated ...

900 Protesters Arrested in Malaysia

Voice of America - ‎2 hours ago‎
July 09, 2011 900 Protesters Arrested in Malaysia VOA News Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained over 900 people in the capital Saturday as thousands of activists evaded roadblocks to hold a protest against Prime Minister Najib Razak's ...

Bersih supporters at Hong Lim Park

Channel News Asia - ‎2 hours ago‎
Bersih 2.0 is a loose coalition of opposition political parties in Malaysia that is calling for free and fair elections. Bersih supporters turned up at Hong Lim Park in yellow tops, yellow being the colour of Bersih. Organisers said there were no ...

Malaysia police arrest 500 after street battles for electoral reform

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎3 hours ago‎
More than 500 anti-government protesters were arrested after pitched battles with police in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. By Telegraph reporter and agency in Malaysia Police fired tear gas at 8000 protesters, many of whom were ...

M'sians in Hong Kong condemn KL crackdown

Malaysia Kini - ‎3 hours ago‎
About 80 Malaysians marched through central Hong Kong today to support a simultaneous mass rally for electoral reforms back home where riot police fired tear gas and water cannon. Hundreds of people have been arrested in the Malaysian capital Kuala ...

Bersih rally a blow for PM Najib

Malaysia Kini - Razak Ahmad - ‎3 hours ago‎
Police fired tear gas and detained more than 900 people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to prevent thousands of anti-government protesters from putting on a massive show of strength against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. Street protests are rare ...

This is just the beginning, says polls coalition

Malaysia Kini - ‎3 hours ago‎
Bersih 2.0 today commended participants of its rally in Kuala Lumpur for overcoming the many obstacles by the authorities and exercising a great amount of discipline. In a statement about an hour after the rally ended, the Bersih 2.0 steering committee ...

Call to Singaporeans in Kuala Lumpur

Straits Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
A Malaysian activist from Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) pours water on a tear gas fired by police during a rally calling for electoral reforms in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 9, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP If you're Singaporean, ...

Malaysia's reform flashpoint

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎4 hours ago‎
Police detained at least 236 people trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city today in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms. The opposition-backed rally planned for later today is the ...

Over 500 held in Malaysian anti-Govt rally

The Hindu - ‎4 hours ago‎
Breaching a lockdown imposed by authorities, more than 10000 people on Saturday poured onto the streets of Malaysian capital in the biggest political rally in years to demand electoral reforms. People came out in fair numbers for the opposition-backed ...

Asia-Pacific Malaysia cracks down on protesters

Aljazeera.net - ‎4 hours ago‎
Police use tear gas and arrest about 1400 as thousands rally in Kuala Lumpur to demand electoral reforms. Police in Malaysia have fired tear gas and arrested hundreds of protesters in the biggest opposition-backed rally in years. ...

Police and protesters clash in Kuala Lumpur

ABC Online - Zoe Daniel - ‎4 hours ago‎
Police in Malaysia have used batons, tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators campaigning in Kuala Lumpur for changes to electoral laws. More than 1400 people have been arrested as tens of thousands ...

Hundreds arrested, tear gas fired in Malaysia protest

Toronto Sun - ‎5 hours ago‎
A supporter of the "Bersih" electoral reform coalition runs after tear gas was fired near him outside KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur July 9, 2011. Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained more than 500 people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to ...

Malaysians in Seoul condemn Kuala Lumpur crackdown

Straits Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
SEOUL - ABOUT 30 Malaysians living in South Korea rallied in Seoul on Saturday to support a simultaneous protest back home that riot police tried to prevent by firing tear gas and water cannon. More than 500 people in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur ...

In pictures: Malaysia reform protests

BBC News - ‎6 hours ago‎
Malaysian police have arrested hundreds of people and cordoned off the centre of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, to try to prevent anti-government activists holding a banned rally demanding voting reform. More than 440 people were detained as a group ...

Rally: Mohamad Sabu Among Three PAS Leaders Arrested

Bernama - ‎6 hours ago‎
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) -- PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and two of the party's vice-presidents, Salahuddin Ayub and Datuk Mahfuz Omar, were among 540 people arrested as of 1.30pm today on suspicion of being involved in illegal rallies here. ...

Malaysia arrests 338 ahead of banned rally

The Associated Press - ‎8 hours ago‎
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police detained at least 338 activists trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city Saturday in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms. The opposition-backed rally ...

750 in Melbourne kickstart Global Bersih rally

Malaysia Kini - ‎8 hours ago‎
As the police locked down Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians worldwide started their respective peaceful rallies in support of Bersih 2.0's call for free and fair elections with up to 30 cities reportedly involved. In Melbourne, Australia, the crowd at ...

South Korean businessman feels right at home in Malaysia

Malaysia Star - Raja Faisal Hishan - ‎9 hours ago‎
By FAZLEENA AZIZ WHEN expatriate Kim Yong-jung from South Korea came to Malaysia in 1988 for a holiday, he was impressed with Kuala Lumpur and casually thought about building his home here. That dream more or less came true when he was transferred to ...

Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally

Newsday (subscription) - ‎9 hours ago‎
News Newsday > News Content Preview Newsday/Optimum Online ® subscribers click here for full access Not a Newsday or Optimum Online ® subscriber? Click here Malaysia arrests 236 ahead of banned rally Published: July 8, 2011 11:48 PM By The Associated ...

Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in lockdown ahead of protest

Herald Sun - ‎10 hours ago‎
MALAYSIA'S government imposed a massive lockdown on the capital Saturday as thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms were expected to defy a police ban and hold a rally. Police sealed off the major arteries into Kuala Lumpur overnight with ...

Can my daughter wear yellow for school today?

Malaysia Kini - Thomas George - ‎10 hours ago‎
My daughter asked me yesterday if she would be arrested by the police for wearing her 'baju sukan' (sports gear) that is yellow in colour. We all laughted at her seemingly innocent question and assured her that nothing of that sort would happen. ...