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April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

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April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

Please take note that there is a planned protest for Clean and Fair Elections called Bersih taking place in the areas around Dataran Medeka on April 28. This is the third time this rally has been organized.

Visitors are advised to avoid planning a holiday in KL if possible for April 27 and 28.

While the organizers have said that the Bersih 3 rally is a sit-in and would be peaceful, this might not turn out to be so as the situation would be quite dynamic, depending on how the authorities react and how the protesters behave, and whether there are instigators among the people.

Bersih 2, held on July 9 2011 resulted in a complete lock down of Kuala Lumpur. It is difficult to say how many attended Bersih 2, depending on who you ask. The numbers range from 20,000 to 50,000, with police putting up road blocks, using water cannons and tear gas.

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1. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

Hi maic

Yes we were there when the demonstrations were on last year and it did cause havoc on getting around as the police/army had various roads blocked with razor wire and Petaling St was virtually closed and Bukit Bintang was deadly quiet.I would recommend staying away from Dataran Medaka region and enjoy a day by the pool at your hotel.

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2. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

D'Oh! Trust my luck on this - in KL for two nights and guess when. Had to be bloody 27th and 28th.

Ah bugger!

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3. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

Hi genghis

It can be a problem,but should not overshadow your holiday.Like I said above,it did disrupt some things,mainly Petaling St Night Market,as many vendors could not get there to open.The most noticeable thing for us was the emptiness of customers at the shopping centres. This was good for some things,as The Pavilion,which is our favourite Shopping centre was very easy to get around and 90% of the shops were still open,and the food court was in full swing. We still walked around freely and never felt in any danger,and our young son found it all very exciting with Army and Police everywhere and the streets were probably safer than ever before. In Bukit Bintang,apart from little pedestrian and car traffic and presence of Law Makers you will not notice a lot of difference. Have a great trip.

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4. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

Cheers Sean - gotta admit I can't wait to get on that plane - looking forward to the trip. Ta

Edited: 18 April 2012, 04:30
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The Malay Supermacy Organization Perkesa has applied for a rally permit for 29th August to hold a rally in either Pandan Merbok or Dataran Medeka, according to a news report today.

This may or may not be an issue, and might be a counter move against the Bersh rally to be held a day before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perkasa

"(Bernama) - Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) today applied for a permit from the police to organise the 'Raja Berdaulat, Kasih Dijunjung' assembly on April 29, to be held either at Padang Merbok or Dataran Merdeka.

Perkasa deputy president Datuk Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar said the assembly, scheduled for 9.30am, was to celebrate the installation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah as the King on April 11.

"We want to celebrate our 14th King and at the same time defend our monarchy," he told reporters after submitting an application for the permit at the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters, here today"

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6. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

If the rally goes ahead on 27th & 28th April, will have any impact on KL airport as we are transfering through from Langkawi and on to Perth.

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7. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

No, it wouldn't, Ddoodz.

It is a peaceful demonstration for fairer electoral system and objection to the Australian Rare Earth Plant built in Kuantan, Pahang.

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8. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

The rally is in the heart of KL not near the airport

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9. Re: April 28 : Protest Rally at Dataran Medeka

As for Perkasa rally, the last time they wanted to take a walk in Lake Garden, less than a handful of people turn out so dont worry.

For the Bersih rally, dont think this would be a messy rally. After all the lies were exposed last year, the goverment should have learn a lesson now and just let the people sit down inside a stadium, no need for water cannon, no need tear gas and dont have to beat up anyone.

Tourist should be very safe inside the Bukit Bintang area. Dont worry.

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