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I’ve missed two rallies, this I had to go

July 12, 2011

FMT LETTER: From NKKhoo, via e-mail

The late MGG Pillai and I were active in soc.cul.malaysia forum on BN government bashing campaign when Anwar was sacked, detained and tortured in 1998. No Facebook in 1998 and not many Malaysians were using internet then, and the voice of MGG Pillai was not widely circulated.

Late MGG Pillai was sued by Berjaya tycoon, Vincent Tan and I was sued by Petronas (Mahathir is its advisor) for the political or unknown reasons. Pillai lost the court case and was ordered to pay RM100 million damages to Tan.

This was just another injustice from Malaysia Kangaroo Court. I did not lose or win my case because Petronas chickened out and withdrew the case.

In 1998, I watched from TV on those brave young Malays who came out in droves to protest against the brutality against Anwar.

Malaysian Chinese were brainwashed by Umno to believe Malay demonstrators will amok and kill the Chinese like in 1969. Yes, 70-90% of Chinese voted for the BN and salvaged BN from the defeat to Semangat 46 in 1999 general election. The reward was the Malaysian Chinese being labeled communists by Mahathir after the election was over.

My first mistake was that I took no action, only talked in internet.

In 2007, again, I watched from TV on Bersih 1.0 rally. Thousand of people risked their lives and marched fearlessly to palace.

Again, I made a second mistake as I took no action, talked only in internet.

In 2011, I decided to walk out from being just an armchair critic and joined the Bersih 2.0 rally.
Why? My angry overrides fear feeling from various intimidations and threats which preceded this rally.

I will regret for life if I missed this rally and repeat the same mistakes. The drawback is I only managed to break into the city center around 2.30pm due to the police lockdown and missed the Jalan Pudu rally where demonstrators were assaulted with teargas and chemically-laced water.

I joined the marchers from Bukit Bintang and ended up at KLCC. I later realized I was among a few demonstrators not running away when FRU ambushed the crowd at KLCC. I stayed there to snap photos on police operation till about 4.30pm.

Please see my field report here.


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