August 29, 2015
Best wishes from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC to all Malaysians at Bersih 4.0. The US President is montoring the situation closely from the East Wing. Let us show him and Michelle that we are a disciplined and peace-loving people who stand up for the Rule of Law, Freedom, Justice, and Democracy.–Din Merican
LIVE at Bersih 4: All peaceful around Dataran Merdeka
Stay tuned for updates on the Bersih 4 rally progressing in downtown Kuala Lumpur now.
5.12pm: Opposition leader Wan Azizah and her daughter Nurul Nuha are seeing leaving Dataran Merdeka and will return after the Maghrib prayers.
4.58pm: Ambiga is seen leaving Dataran Merdeka and informs reporters she will be returning at 10pm tonight.
4.54pm: Speaking to rally goers, Ambiga said she misses the presence of PAS whose members were a no-show at the rally. She also says the main thing the government must do is “get rid of GST”.
4.50pm: What is believed to be a home-made bomb has exploded at Jalan Kinabalu. FMT Reporter Adam Abu Bakar, who was 30 metres away from the blast, said it was thrown from the flyover to the road below. There were no injuries.
4.44pm: City Hall officers have arrived to monitor and assist rally goers.
4.36pm: With the skies turning cloudy, some rally goers are spotted leaving the scene. When asked why he was leaving, one man, who did not wish to be named, said he was headed back to Gombak.
4.21pm: Bersih 4 rally goers are seen sitting peacefully on the roads along Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Raja Laut. Earlier performers of the group BangsArt sang the song “Hidup Rakyat” (Long live the people) accompanied by drum beats.
Meanwhile Police presence at Dataran Merdeka is reported as being minimal. No FRU in sight.
4.20pm: Bersih 4.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah calls on MPs to table a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister once Parliament reconvenes in October. She says this is the main message from Bersih 4 to the government apart from calling for institutional reforms.
4.05pm: The crowd from Menara Maybank is approaching Dataran Merdeka.
4.00pm: Crowds cheer as Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng approaches the Dataran Merdeka area. He addresses the crowd, criticising Prime Minister Najib Razak for the RM2.6 billion donation he received and the falling ringgit. He says with the GST, the poor have become even poorer. “Everything has gone up (in price). I believe when the country’s leaders see us gathering here today, they will not be able to sleep.”
He adds, “The ringgit has dropped so badly to the extent we can’t go anywhere, not even Thailand. That’s why we come to Dataran (Merdeka) because that’s the only place we can be.”Maria Chin Abdullah is also around the vicinity.
3.40pm: The crowd from Sogo arrives at Dataran Merdeka. There are reports that some people are leaving the rally grounds.
3.32pm: GHB’s Mat Sabu arrives in Dataran Merdeka and tells Bersih 4 organisers to ensure rally goers do not enter Dataran Merdeka. He says the programme will start at 4.30pm when Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah arrives. He tells rally goers to sit down, be quiet and to get to know each other.
3.30pm: GHB’s Ahmad Awang addresses the crowd and says he hopes this will be the last time that there will be a Bersih 4 before the Opposition defeats UMNO-BN and takes over Putrajaya.
Meanwhile Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali says that will such a good turnout, he is confident that Prime Minister Najib Razak can be ousted from Putrajaya.
3.20pm: Some rally goers are sitting on the roads along Jalan Tun Perak, slowing down the march to Dataran Merdeka.
3.15pm: Crowds are swelling around Dataran Merdeka as they are joined by over 3,000 from Masjid Negara shouting “Bersih! Bersih! Hidup Rakyat!”.
Rally goers from Brickfields numbering 5,000 have arrived at Central Market.
3.01pm: The estimated crowd from Menara Maybank walking towards Dataran Merdeka is 20,000.
2.45pm: GHB’s chairman Mat Sabu, in a fiery speech outside Masjid Negara, says all Malaysians gathered today would do so peacefully for the next 34 hours. “We are here today to save the country, the people and to say no to corruption. Tomorrow at midnight we will all shout “Merdeka!”
2.35pm: The rally goers at Jalan Parlimen leading to Dataran Merdeka are told to sit down. Malaysiakini reports Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Shukri Razab as saying,”Ladies and gentlemen who gather in front of the barricades, please do not storm in as Bersih has made a promise (not to do so). And the police will also take care of our safety.”
2.30pm: Rally goers start their march from Brickfields carrying a large banner that says “Tangkap Najib”.
2.25pm: The march from Menara Maybank to Dataran Merdeka has begun.
2.20pm: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng addressing the crowd at Menara Maybank says, “We gather here today not for power, positions or money. We gather here not for ourselves, but for our children.”
2.19pm: GHB’s Mat Sabu tells rally goers at Masjid Negara that their presence at Bersih 4 today is a clear indication of their desire for Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign.
2.17pm: Wan Azizah addresses the crowd gathered in front of the Sogo Shopping Complex.
2.15pm: Maria Chin Abdullah in her speech at Menara Maybank, says the march today is to demand the Prime Minister step down so that Malaysians will get a clean government. This was followed by a two-minute long cheer by the almost 8,000 rally goers gathered there.
Meanwhile Khalid Samad who spoke at the same venue commended rally goers for being brave enough to have come out and demand for the prime minister to step down. He said Malaysians were people of great dignity. Khalid also said he would support a vote of no confidence on the prime minister because he has embarrassed Malaysians. His speech was followed by shouts of “Bersih! Bersih! Bersih!”
2.10pm: MP for Kota Raja Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud from GHB who is at Masjid Jamek calls for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation and says the people are tired of his leadership.
Ambiga meanwhile tells rally goers at Brickfields that the people want clean elections and a clean government, “Hidup Bersih Hidup Rakyat!” and proceeds to lead the march to the Central Market.
2.00pm: DAP Parliamentary leader and MP for Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang arrives at Masjid Negara while Opposition leader Wan Azizah and daughter Nurul Hana have arrived at Sogo Shopping Complex.
Number of rally goers at Central Market are approximately 4,000 at this point.
1.59pm: Former Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan arrives at Brickfields.
1.50pm: Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah arrives at Central Market.
Activist Hishamuddin Rais and former MB of Perak Nizar Jamaluddin have just arrived in Brickfields to a cheering crowd. They crowd is anxiously awaiting for the nod to start marching. MP for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar is expected to arrive at 2.30pm.
According to Malaysiakini, approximately 50 Malaysians have gathered at Suzhou in China to mark Bersih 4. They came wearing the yellow Bersih T-shirts and carrying the Jalur Gemilang.
1.30pm: Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has been spotted at Menara Maybank.
A huge Bersih 4 bunting carried by three rally goers is spotted. A driver passing by has rolled down his window to shout “Bersih!” with others shouting in unison.
Crowd at Menara Maybank approximately 5,000 now after being joined by those from the Masjib Jamek area. Drivers of almost every vehicle passing by honks in support.Shouts of “Bersih!” dominate accompanied by sounds of the vuvuzela.
Apart from wearing the yellow Bersih T-shirts, some have painted their faces in yellow with the words Bersih 4 on it.
Lawyers for Liberty co-founder Eric Paulsen and PKR’s Batu MP Tian Chua are spotted in front of the Sogo Shopping Mall.
1.16pm: Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad from GHB, who has been spotted, says supporters from Johor, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan are on the way to Kuala Lumpur.
The entrances to Dataran Merdeka are under tight police control by 200 personnel stationed there. Rally goers are steering clear of the area out of respect for Merdeka Day rehearsals taking place there. They have instead starting moving towards the Masjid Jamek area.
About 2,000 rally goers are now shouting “BERSIH!” non-stop.
1.10pm: FMT reporters on the ground say the turnout today is peaceful overall with a mixed crowd of Malaysians showing up to participate in the Bersih 4 rally despite it being declared illegal by the authorities.
Every rally goer has also defied authorities by donning the yellow Bersih T-shirt that was declared illegal yesterday because it was an “undesirable item”.
Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) leaders however have not been spotted yet leading their supporters.
12.50pm: About 2,000 people have gathered in front of the Sogo Shopping Mall and about the same number at Menara Maybank.
The crowd at Masjib Jamek that has gathered near the LRT station meanwhile has swelled to approximately 1,500.
12.45pm: The Malaysian Insider reports that a petition to collect one million signatures for the release of former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim from prison, has started circulating among rally goers in front of the Sogo Shopping Mall.
Nandos adds to the spice of the rally by distributing free drinks to Bersih 4 rally goers.
According to Malaysiakini, some of those present at the rally were seen holding creative cardboard banners saying “I ‘hv NO MONEY TO PRINT A BANNER. PLEASE DONATE RM2.6 BILLION TO ME!!”
Another says, “People will eat grass if Najib does not resign” while another was spotted carrying a canvas bag with the words, “My Prime Minister embarrasses me”.
12.40pm: Some rally goers making the most of their time downtown to buy lottery tickets for the weekend at Jalan Masjid Jamek.
12.35pm: FMT reporters say the mood is generally of a festive nature.
12.30pm: Bersih’s Mandeep Singh and student activist Adam Adli are seen leading a big crowd towards Central Market, obstructing traffic.
FMT reporter Arfa Yunus says some rally goers are carrying sunflowers to signify the colour of Bersih 4. She herself received one. Another reporter Yusoff Mohamed received a bottle of mineral water from a good-hearted rally goer.
PKR Secretary-General Rafizi Ramli is seen looking jovial and posing with a crowd of rally goers as they gesture showing the number 4 to reflect the Bersih 4 rally.
12.20pm: Over 300 Bersih rally goers at Menara Maybank have begun to march towards Dataran Merdeka although their group leader Selangor MB Azmin Ali has yet to make an appearance. The others are seen still standing along the roadside of Jalan Pudu.
Meanwhile Police trucks have begun to arrive at Central Market where crowds have reached almost 1,000 in number.
12.15pm: Police trucks and buses begin to arrive at Menara Maybank. Police officers start to control traffic. The crowd has now swelled to close to 1,500.
12.00pm: Crowds at Menara Maybank numbering in the region of 1,200 await the arrival of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali. Rally goers are waving the Jalur Gemilang as traffic shows significant signs of slowing down.
Over at Central Market, crowds of between 600-700 people begin to gather.
11.51am: Malaysian Insider reports from Kota Kinabalu that rally goers have been spotted erecting tents for their overnight camp out at the Teluk Likas public park 2.
11.45am: About 1,000 people have gathered in front of Central Market clamouring for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak and calling for the release of jailed former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
FMT reporter Arfa Yunus says it’s like Hari Raya celebrations down at Dataran Merdeka. Individuals without any affiliation to political parties or organisations are handing out drinking water to rally goers free of charge.
11.30am: Crowds building up at the location of Central Market, Petaling Street, Masjid Negara, Sogo and Brickfields. People have also gathered at Menara Maybank where Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali will lead the rally.
Rally goers are seen waving the Malaysian flag and blaring the vuvuzela. Cars passing keep honking, showing their support for Bersih 4.