What is happening in Malaysia today?


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All eyes are on the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) in Kuala Lumpur where 100,000 people are expected to take to the streets on Saturday in a push for electoral reform.

The rally is the third installment in what is known as the Bersih (or "clean") movement. The initial Bersih rally, held in 2007 ahead of general elections, saw riot police fire teargas and water cannons on crowds and the arrest of 245 activists. With general elections expected later this year, the Bersih movement has once again been gathering steam in recent months. Last July, almost 1,700 people were arrested during the second Bersih rally. (Al Jazeera)


Yellow is the colour of choice for the movement.

Bersih 3.0
Bersih 3.0

Reports say crowds have already been teargassed in a number of locations.

3.02pm: Jalan Tun Perak – Police are firing tear gas canisters from Dataran Merdeka. The crowd turns around and walks towards Dataran Maybank away from the square.

3.24pm: Masjid Jamek – In front of the LRT Bersih the crowd refuses to budge and shout “Bersih” despite tear gas being fired at them.

3.29pm: Bar Council – After orders to disperse are issued, water cannon and tear gas are fired at the crowd outside the Bar Council building at Lebuh Pasar Besar.

@fahmi_fadzil Tweets:

Got teargassed at Hang Lekiu. Lost contact w 8 friends. Unnecessary police action. Abt 5-6 shots. Ran. Couldn't breathe.

@mulberrytweets Tweeted this pic:

#bersih streets after gas
#bersih streets after gas

@iMleesh Tweets:

Everyone was suffering from effects of tear gas. Someone handed me water to wash my face. My neck was burning from something.

Everyone was helping one another, handing out salt. I never knew the salt would help that much! Instant relief in my mouth.

Prolific Irish journo Simon Roughneen is in KL:

The rally organizers, known as Bersih (Malay for ‘clean’) 3.0, are a coalition of nongovernmental organizations and rights groups who say they want Malaysia’s electoral laws amended. Opposition MPs allege that tens of thousands of irregularities persist on the electoral register, while Bersih’s calls for the election commission to resign will have acquired added momentum by allegations Friday that the EC head and deputy head failed to disclose past membership of the governing party . The rally is being held ahead of anticipated snap polls later this year.

Simon is also Tweeting from the streets:

Tear-gassed - again - in KL.
Tear-gassed - again - in KL.

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One thought on “What is happening in Malaysia today?

  1. Malaysia is just starting to know the truth about their own country i advise that both side must observe self restrain the demand can be achieve through dialogue. Instead of destroying property and burning tires on the road side. This the only thing i can say for now. God bless malaysia.

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