On People’s Freedom Walk…

The Bar Council is organising another walk on Dec 9, 2007 in conjunction with Human Rights Day. The walk will start at Sogo, go through Dataran Merdeka and end at Central Market in KL.
A multi-religious forum is also being organised.

Lawyer Edmund Bon, who is chairperson of the Bar’s Human Rights Committee, said he hopes to get 1,000 people to walk on the 9th.

I think it’ll be very difficult to get a thousand Malaysians to walk.

Human Rights Day is celebrated worldwide on Dec 10.

By the way, the Malaysian Bar Council has decided to ‘officially’ cancel the walk. I’ve heard from several sources that there will STILL be a walk, despite warnings from the authorities. If you do decide to go, keep in mind these simple tips :

1. Take public transport to the venue, preferably LRT or PUTRA. It will be almost impossible to enter the city by driving, as the police want to minimize the number of protesters. Not to mention its going to be hellish to park, right?

2. Keep your handphone, wallet and documents in a Ziplock bag, just in case it rains or you get a ‘free shower’ from FRU.

3. Carry a bottle of clean water and some clean clothes packed in Ziplock bags, just in case they use the water cannon again on the protesters. The water ain’t just H2O, its laced with nasty chemicals, and could cause permanent damage if you don’t wash it out of your eyes, and it really stings the skin. Oh ya, forgot to mention there’s also a flourescent marker that reacts to UV light in it, so if they find you later at night at those endless roadblocks, they can make life difficult for you….

4. Finally, do not forget to document the whole experience, either by still or video camera. If the authorities confiscate your device of choice, don’t forget to remove the memory card before handing it over P . It’ll make great bedtime stories for your grandchildren when you’re old, to say you were actually, part of a revolution, no matter how small your part…

As usual, traffic heading towards and in the city will be snarly and nasty this weekend. If you’ve got plans, try to work around the constraints of massive traffic jams and endless roadblocks meant to weed out ‘unwanted elements’ from entering the city.

All the best for the weekend, and perhaps we’ll meet on the streets for the People’s Freedom Walk… It might be a pleasant stroll, with the weather being rather forgiving these few days – Jasmine.


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