The changed venue for the day-long anti-fuel hike rally, the Kelana Jaya stadium, is just behind the condo where I live so there was no excuse for me not to join a few of my blogger friends* (photo) to attend the rally this morning.
There was a carnival like atmosphere and my estimate was there were only about 10,000 protesters instead of a million, which was hardly surprising considering the various threats issued by the government, police road blocks, military presence and a police helicopter circling overhead around the stadium. Even our cellphones were mysteriously jammed for long periods which prevented calls and SMS messages. (We could see people on the roof top of an adjacent building where the antennas are located). Dirty poker, indeed.
I left early and on the short walk home, I bumped into a young cousin of mine who happens to be the local chapter head of a BN main component party. He was truly convinced that we Malays are finished if Anwar Ibrahim becomes prime minister especially since he is a "US lackey". I told him that we Melayu akan hilang di dunia under the present government and if he believes that bit about the US lackey thingy then he must also believe that I am his fairy godmother.
* (Photo from left to right: Lokeman the Flyer, Melvin the Taffer, Bernard the Zorro-Unmasked and Gus the Fisherman).
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