Monday, April 30, 2012

Bersih 3.0

28th April 2012

Tens of thousands of Malaysians gathered in Kuala Lumpur supporting Bersih's demands...

1. Clean the electoral roll

2. Reform postal ballot

3. Use of indelible ink

4. Minimum 21 days campaign period

5. Free and fair access to media

6. Strengthen public institutions

7. Stop corruption

8. Stop dirty politics
Last year, I didn't go for Bersih2.0

I regretted.

This time, I'm not going to sit at home again. I live in Malaysia. I pay my taxes. I deserve a fair vote. My wish is for a brighter future especially our children, grandchildren, here in Malaysia.

Last year in Bersih 2.0, it was estimated to be around 50,000 supporters. This year, number of supporters reached 200,000 some say. Everywhere I turned, left, right, front, back, people yellow.

Recorded some videos as well.
Below is taken from Channel News Asia.

Thousands rally in Malaysia for clean elections
Posted: 28 April 2012 1218 hrs
  Police move to try and stop a group of protesters as they march through the central business district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Police move to try and stop a group of protesters as they march through the central business district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Malaysia braces for electoral reform rally
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Malaysia cracks down ahead of planned mass rally
Malaysian electoral sit-in to defy venue ban
Bersih rally set to go ahead
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In Pictures: Bersih 3.0 Rally

KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Malaysia's capital Saturday to demand electoral reform, confronting a police lockdown that left the city a maze of razor wire and barricades.

Large crowds of people, many in the yellow colours of the reform movement, gathered at various points around Kuala Lumpur, intent on defying a ban on holding the rally at Independence Square in the heart of the congested capital.

But a heavy police presence hindered access to the city centre, including about 2,000 armed police deployed around the sealed-off square as a police helicopter buzzed low overhead.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said demonstrators were intent on marching to the square, but admitted the lockdown would make that difficult.

"Yes, the plan by the opposition party leaders is to move to the square.The opposition alliance is committed to this," he told AFP.

National police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf said about 20,000 protestors had gathered at various locations around the square.

"Please obey the law and stay away from the square. It is a banned area," he said.

The mass rally follows one that was crushed by police last July, when 1,600 people were arrested, and marks a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has sought to portray himself as a reformer ahead of widely expected polls.

Organisers planned to gather at Independence Square from 2:00 pm (0600 GMT) for a sit-in seeking change in a voting system they say is riddled with fraud.

But that looked unlikely as authorities declared the square -- where the Malaysian flag was first hoisted in 1957 after independence from Britain -- off-limits.

On Friday, it obtained a court order banning public gatherings there, provoking outrage from the opposition and rights groups who say the restrictions violate free speech and assembly.

Crowds were vocal but peaceful on Saturday, with a carnival atmosphere prevailing in some areas as people held balloons while others smiled as they snapped photographs of themselves in front of the razor wire.

"The government is being high handed in denying the people the changes we want. We demand free and fair elections," said Zainuddin Tahar, 54, a pensioner from central Malaysia, who wore a yellow shirt.

A sign stuck on the razor wire at one point said "Welcome to Tel Aviv."

There were no reports of any violence or arrests.

Last July's rally brought tens of thousands to the streets but was met with police tear gas and water cannon.

A resulting backlash prompted Najib to set up a panel whose eventual report suggested a range of electoral changes, but main rally organisers Bersih 2.0 and the opposition say the recommendations fell far short.

They demand a complete overhaul of a nationwide voter roll they say is packed with phantom or duplicate voter registrations, and reform of an Election Commission viewed as biased in favour of the ruling coalition.

Speculation is rife that Najib could call polls as early as June, and Bersih is demanding elections be postponed until full reforms are implemented.

"People want a clean electoral roll. The government is refusing to do that.Because of this they are getting angry and are out here today," Anwar said.

The rally poses a dilemma for Najib, who since last year's crackdown has sought to portray himself as a reformer, launching a campaign to repeal authoritarian laws in a bid to create what he called "the greatest democracy".

But while giving the go-ahead for Saturday's rally, his government ruled out the city centre, instead offering several stadium venues. Bersih has declined, saying demonstrating at the square was a basic right.

Critics have said the rally restrictions and alleged harassment of activists in recent days have exposed Najib's reform promises as insincere.

"Today is a major test case for basic freedoms in Malaysia, starting with the right to peacefully march and assemble," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Najib's ruling coalition has governed Malaysia for more than five decades but made a dismal showing against the opposition in 2008, and he face pressure to improve on that.

- AFP/wm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Low quantity high quality

Most recent run I took part in was Larian Shapadu in Shah Alam, a 12km route.

It was not widely publicised, which explains the low turnout of around 500. However, this low quantity of runners brought high in quality fast legs! The local elites!

Champion clocked 40min!

The first km, as usual, was a sprint to get in front of the crowd. Could see the regular elites pulling away together with Top2 women open. Those girls can run!

This run gave us 2 or was it 3 gentle hills to run up. Kudos to a handful of veterans who were still too fast for me to pace with. They looked as if doing their relaxing tai chi while I was panting like fish out of water!

Clocking 50:21 with a recorded distance of 11.85km on Runkeeper, I managed an average pace of 4:15. Was happy with it and to top it off, I sprinted the last 100m and overtook a runner whom I paced all the way. Hehehe! He was a tough nut to crack. Each time I came close, he increased his pace not to let me pass. Happened not less than 5 times throughout the race.

Position I got was 18th. No prize or medal but I'm happy to be in the Top20  :)

Michelle was 4th. Consolation prize of RM50. Young girl beside her was 3rd with prize of RM350!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bali Bali Bali

Had a wonderful holiday in Bali...beach, surfing, mountain climbing, volcanic crater lake, cultural town, temple, handicraft, seaside cliffs, food, crispy duck, suckling pig

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