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Sunday, March 26, 2006

KLCC Fuel Price Hike Protest Round 3: Attack of the Water Cannons

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Update 4 (FINAL) - March 28 (1:30 pm)
This will be the last update to this post - we all have to move on with life, folks.
myAsylum would like to thank Ricecooker (thanks Joe Kidd!) for making this final update possible. Ricecooker has collected a few links to various sites reporting the protest, some of which have already been posted here.

A fantastic set of aerial pictures of the protest on Sunday can be found here, including the following pix, plus a number of ground-level shots as well (although, I cannot confirm if these pictures are from Sunday, or the previous protest on March 10).

We've also found another blog reporting Sunday's protest, at the ducky blog, with a few pictures as well. ducky's report is somewhat, well... tongue-in-cheek, especially when reporting about certain uninvited participants... you be the judge.

Finally, a podcast on the protest can be found here, courtesy of bemused.

And that, as they say, is all she wrote. Thanks to all for making this post up-to-date, providing me with links and such. This is myAsylum signing off on this aggregated report - for the last time - good day, and good luck!

Update 3 - March 27 (7 pm)
Another set of pictures found in the bloggerhood, this time at 'Sealed Yin's Diary with a Kiss'. There are 19 photos in total on this blog, which can be viewed here.

Update 2 - March 27 (4 pm)
The Activehack blog (in Chinese) has posted 2 reports, including a 23 minute video (which universally speaks for itself). The report (with pictures) can be found here, while the video is at this post.

Update 1 - March 27:(11am)
KTEMOC Konsiders posted this report from Malaysiakini - it looks like yesterday's protesters continued with unfinished business this morning, but at the Parliament instead. The Dewan Pemuda PAS Kawasan Bukit Katil blog has a similar report, which can be found here.

More news reports on Sunday's protest at KLCC. The Taipei Times has a more detailed report, and this picture, of the protest on Sunday. From this news report, it sounds like the FRU were a lot more heavy-handed compared to the previous two protests at KLCC. Channel News Asia also carries a similar story, focusing on the arrests and FRU action.

More pictures can be found at What's This?? and a short report by MP James Wong Wing On on his blog, albeit from a somewhat different angle.

Original Post:
The post title probably sounds like a bad movie trilogy. myAsylum, this time around, was not there, unfortunately. This post, however, provides links to other points in cyberspace that reported the third Fuel Price Hike Protest. This time around the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), was one of the organizers. And this time, the water cannons were again ready. And like the last time, protester had a taste of the chemically-laced cannon.

The picture above came from REPORTTOSAADON, a fellow blogger who was at KLCC and provides a short report. An additional picture can be found on that blog.

Another blog which has two separate reports is KTEMOC Konsiders, with a main report here, and another report about PAS' Dr. Hatta Ramli's arrest, together with his two daughters.

On the international news front, some agencies have picked up the protest, with reports coming from:

  • Al-Jazeera (with one pix, from Reuters, by our very own Bazuki Muhammad)
  • Forbes
  • Radio New Zealand
  • The China Post
  • On the local news front, the only report I could find was Malaysiakini, which had this report. I can't read Chinese or Tamil, so I don't know if there were any reports in those papers or not. Perhaps if any readers who can read either language, do find something, leave a comment and I'll update this post with more links.

    myAsylum's two bits: Personally, I don't know what these protests hope to achieve, although I fully support the people's right to assemble peacefully to protest, watch Mawi, or whatever the people want to do in large (or small) groups. The voices need to be heard - particularly when the impact on the lower income group is very real, and apparently, very damaging. And we're still waiting for a concrete plan on the supposed improvements to public transportation that the savings in government subsidies can facilitate.

    Wait until the 9th Malaysia Plan, perhaps? This time around, myAsylum predicts that the people's traditionally short memory will not be so short anymore...