Monday, May 4, 2015

Calling all Malaysians for full support tomorrow (5th May 2015)

Election watchdog Bersih wants Malaysians to wear black tomorrow to protest against the recent crackdown against May Day rally participants.

The protest, dubbed 'Ops Hitam 505' (Operation Black 505) will coincide with the second anniversary of BN's slim victory in the 13th general elections.

"We appeal to all Malaysians to wear black or to put on black ribbons or cloths on their vehicles, buildings or personal belongings on May 5, 2015.

"(This is) a sign of rejection of the arrogant provocation by the 'Najib Minority Government' in the arrest, detention and harassment of the leaders and participants of the May Day rallies in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu," Bersih said in a statement today.

Police have arrested more than 30 people after 15,000 people flooded downtown Kuala Lumpur last Friday for the May Day anti-goods and services tax rally.

Among those arrested and later released include former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, Seremban MP Anthony Loke and PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan.

23 youths remanded

Police also allegedly 'roughed up' PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who was detained in Penang and brought to Kuala Lumpur.

A total of 23 youths have also been remanded for three days on Saturday.

Besides protesting the crackdown and showing solidarity with those arrested, Bersih said the black shirt protest tomorrow also has three other objectives.

They are for the GST to be abolished, to protest gerrymandering via electoral constituency redelineation and to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to end abuses of police powers.

"We hope all Malaysians will show a sea of black tomorrow in every corner of Malaysia, especially in Rompin and in Permatang Pauh, where the voters can make their stand with their ballot papers to reject GST, dirty elections and police state," Bersih said.

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