Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has received approval from the Stadium Merdeka management to hold their Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat mega-rally there this Saturday, its leaders said today.
PR will send a delegation to meet the Stadium Merdeka management tomorrow morning, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, PKR vice-president Tian Chua and DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong told a joint press conference here.
“There are no terms and conditions (imposed by Stadium Merdeka),” Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu (picture), told the media at the PAS headquarters here today.
“There is a deposit of RM75,000. That we will pay,” he added.
Mohamad added that the youth wings of PAS, PKR and DAP, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), will organise two separate gatherings in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur respectively on the night before the rally.
When asked if people will march to the stadium this Saturday, Mohamad said: “We’ll walk. Not march.”
He also said that neither the police nor the Stadium Merdeka management have barred the rally organisers from putting up banners at the gathering.
Chua noted that the police had said that no roadblocks would be set up.
“We do not see there is chaos,” he said.
After rally organisers met Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar yesterday, they said that the police would facilitate the rally to make it a peaceful and “historic moment.”
Activist Hishamuddin Rais, who was also at today’s press conference, said that the rally organisers will discuss Stadium Merdeka’s seating capacity with the stadium management tomorrow.
The January 12 mega-rally will see the participation of civil society movements pushing for various demands ahead of Election 2013, including the scrapping of the Lynas rare-earth plant in Kuantan, the promise of fair royalty payments to oil-producing states, free education and a fair electoral process.
Rally organisers target a turnout of one million people who are expected to be clothed according to the signature colour of their respective causes — fluorescent green for anti-Lynas groups, canary yellow for electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, orange for the anti-Felda Global Venture Holdings (FGVH) listing movement and bright red for pro-oil royalty groups.
Those attending the gathering rally...best advise to bring along your towel,salt & water...just incase.
The present so called govt's has no creditbility in what they said or do. Remember, what happened during the bersih 2 & 3.
A minor 'V' victory for Malaysians and hope the Govt is sincere not to implant hooligans to destroy this peaceful gatherings
Let's see what happens till Saturday ... will there be an about turn ? I won't be surprised.
Anyway, I attend the rally
1. not to fight with PDRM
2. not to cause trouble to the public
3. not because I am paid to do so.
4. because I believe in what I believe.
5. because I want my presence to be seen and heard
6. because I support other just causes
and most important of all ....
7. BECAUSE THIS IS MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT !
8. BECAUSE I AM A LOYAL PATRIOTIC MALAYSIAN !
9. BECAUSE I WANT A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT !
10 BECAUSE I AM SICK OF CORRUPT BN !