Protest in the rain for 300 courageous protestors

After about two hours of “protest in the rain”, the 300 strong protestors at the Gombal toll today wanted the coalition against toll hike to continue organising more protest demonstrations until the Umno-led BN govt gives in to the demand of the rakyat, i.e.reduce toll fees and to review all concession contracts.The Bandar Mahkota Cheras Open Access Road Action Committee (BMC-OARAC) has invited the Coalition to hold a demo at the Grand Saga Cheras 11th mile toll plaza on the coming Sunday at 4pm. It would be on once endorsement was given by all members in the Coalition.

 In my address to the protestors, I said the rakyat will continue to suffer as long as the Barisan Nasional is still in the gorvernment. The only way out for the people would be a change of government. I also asked the crowd to give a big hands to a couple who joined us from Kajang. They were at the Sunway Pyramid protest last Sunday and they again showed up at the Gombak toll today.The couple have two handicapped children to take care. You can imagine what kind of pressure and burden on their shoulders.

Hancurkan BN, Tidak Ada Tol!

Malaysiakini and MerdekaReview have the story…

Protestors hold second toll demo

Bede Hong-malaysiakini
Jan 14, 07 6:28pm
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About 300 people today gathered at the Gombak toll plaza at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak highway to protest against the recent toll hike.The protestors were keenly watched by about 50 policemen, including the anti-riot Federal Reserve Unit (FRU).The protesting crowd dispersed after about two hours without any untoward incident.

The demonstration was organised by Protes – a coalition of opposition parties, civil society groups, trade unions and student groups.

The protest, taking place at a petrol station some 500 meters from the toll plaza, caused the traffic to a standstill for about 20 minutes.

Polis, polis. Jangan kacau! (Police, police! Don’t interrupt!),” shouted the protestors which consisted mainly of PAS and PKR leaders.

Among those who were at the protest were PKR vice-president R Sivarasa, PKR information chief Tian Chua, DAP leader Ronnie Liew, ex-ISA detainee and PAS leader Saari Sungip, PAS deputy youth chief Idris Ahmad and Gerakan Demokrasi dan Anti-Korupsi (Gerak) co-ordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

Baron robbers

The protest started at about 3pm, with an initial crowd of 50 people. Many other onlookers too gathered at the petrol station. Dozens of cars blocked the road leading to the petrol station.

Protestors blamed the toll hike on the BN ruling government, describing toll concessionaires as ‘baron robbers’. The group said any change to concession agreements would come only if the ruling government were voted out in the coming general elections.

Hidup rakyat! Hancur BN! Hapuskan toll! Tukar tukar, kerajaan! (Long live the people! Destroy BN! Remove the tolls! Change the government!),” said the protestors.

Even a quick shower did not dampen the spirit of the protestors, which increased in numbers as the protest continued. Vehicles passing through the toll plaza also showed their support by sounding their horns.

The police sent two armoured vehicles but soon removed them from the protest spot. However several members of the public took this opportunity to take pictures in front of the vehicles.

Halfway through the protest, six FRU trucks moved in position but as with last week, police adopted its soft approach in crowd control.

After four calls to disperse, protestors ended their protest at 5pm. The FRU personnel which oversaw the dispersion consisted mostly of women.

Another protest planned

Protes committee member Tian Chua said that organizers are expected to hold another protest sometime within the next two weeks.

“Our turnout was not so large as we did not have so much time to prepare,” he said.

The demonstration today followed an earlier one in Sunway City along the LDP highway last Sunday. Then more than 2,000 people had gathered for the protest.

Beginning Jan 1, the toll rates for five major highways in the Klang Valley increased between 20 to 60 percent.

The Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway’s Gombak toll is now at RM5, an increase of RM1, while the highway’s Bentong toll will increased by 50 sen to RM3.

The other four highways are Shah Alam Highway, Cheras-Kajang Highway, Damansara-Puchong Highway and the Guthrie Corridor Expressway.

(photographs by Bede Hong and Kuek Ser Kuang Keng)

三百人抗议大道涨价
警方出动装甲车巡视
■日期/Jan 14, 2007   ■时间/09:40:47 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊陈慧思
           
【本刊陈慧思撰述】第二波抗议过路费涨价行动发动,约三百人今午4时在加叻大道鹅麦收费站附近的油站进行和平集会,抗议过路费涨价,并促政府关闭所有收费站!继1月7日在雪兰莪州双威金字塔广场的首场抗议集会后,反对大道涨价联盟再次汇集公众人士、在野党、非政府组织、职工会和学生领袖在加叻大道鹅麦收费站附近进行和平集会,抗议政府漠视人民的诉求,坚决允许大道收费涨价。

上周在双威金字塔前举办的抗议集会吸引约二千人赴会,今日的参与人数锐减至三百人,但是抗议者仍兴致高昂地喊出反对过路费涨价的口号,促政府听取民意,检讨利惠朋党的大道特许经营合约。

警方在示威行动进行首十分钟即警示抗议者散会,抗议群众坚持人民有和平集会的自由,拒绝离开。警方一度出动两辆装甲车及七辆镇暴部队卡车巡视及驻守示威现场,引起示威群众哗然。虽然警方的大动作令现场气氛绷紧,但是最后集会仍在1小时多之后和平结束。

“就连马哈迪也承认合约愚蠢!”

来自在野党和非政府组织的代表向与会者发表演说时皆同声谴责国阵政府签下利惠朋党公司、剥削人民的大道特许经营合约,促人民在下届大选利用手中的一票,推翻腐败的政府,改变被剥削的命运。

反对大道涨价联盟发言人、人民公正党宣传局主任蔡添强演说时表示:“就连前首相马哈迪也承认大道合约是愚蠢的合约,如果人民不反对,那么就不单只政治人物愚蠢,人民也一样愚蠢!我们将坚持展开反对过路费涨价示威!”

马哈迪1月8日在一项记者会上回应记者的提问时表示,大道合约都由相关部门的官员负责拟定,内阁仅仅按照原则通过合约,并没有研究合约内容,因此合约不完善的情况时而有之。他说:“内阁并不是任何时候都那么了解事情,因为内阁成员不是专才,而是政治人物;一些像我一样的政治人物有些时候是很笨的。”

蔡添强发言时,天空下起了雨来,但是示威群众仍旧在雨中喊出“降低过路费”(turun tol)、“废除收费站”(hancur tol)及“推翻国阵”(turun BN,hancur BN)的口号,兴致高昂地进行请愿行动。

大专生团结阵线代表李发成(右图)向群众发言时说,学生也是大道使用者,因此学生有责任站出来抗议政府调高大道过路费。他说:“人民有集会的权利,这是一个直接表达心声的管道;大学生是社会的希望,我们不站出来抗议,还能仰赖谁?”

马来西亚人民之声协调员郑立慷发言时也说:“集会是人类的基本权利,警察和人民都坐在同一条船上,大道涨价警员也受苦,我们全都是国阵政策的牺牲品!我们作为马来西亚公民要传达一个讯息给首相:如果你不降低油价、过路费、电费,人民就会推翻你!”

民主行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球指出,掌权的国阵政府利用其权力,让巫统公司从大道经营中受惠,因此,要废除大道收费,人民唯一的选择是撤换政府。

回教党代表沙礼顺吉(Saari Sungib,左图中)发言时表示,蕉赖加影大道的特许经营公司Grand Saga的幕后股东是数名家居八打灵再也、出生年份为79年、83年和87年的“年轻老板”。他质疑这数名林姓老板凭什么年级轻轻就成为大道经营公司的大股东。

他引述前副首相安华依布拉欣的话说:“政府允许大道公司提高过路费,不因为它们没钱赚,而是因为它们还不够富有!”

回青团副团长依德利斯阿末(Idris Ahmad)发言期间,两辆警方装甲车突然到场巡视示威现场,引起群众哗然。过去多场示威,警方都未曾出动装甲车助阵,此次警方出动装甲车巡视现场,可谓罕见的大动作。

在集会尾声,七辆镇暴部队卡车出现在示威现场,不过在镇暴部队排阵之前,反对大道涨价联盟即宣布集会结束。集会在下午5时20分和平结束,没有发生不愉快事件。

到场驻守的鹅麦警区代主任卡林(Karim)受询时表示,这场集会属于非法集会,警方有权力逮捕示威者,但是警方选择给予示威者机会说话,也给予他们机会解散,既然示威者遵照警方的指示解散,警方便没有行使逮捕示威者的权力。

首相恫言对付揭合约者

白蒲大道、沙阿南大道、蕉赖加影大道、加叻大道及牙直利走廊大道从今年1月1日起涨价,新过路费涨幅惊人,介于20%至60%;加叻大道鹅麦收费站的过路费从原来的4元50分涨至目前的5元。

反对大道涨价联盟展开一系列行动,向政府提出三大诉求,即(一)莫调高过路费、(二)公开大道特许经营合约,及(三)向大道公司收购大道。

该联盟早前公开白沙罗—蒲种大道合约,揭露合约早已列明大道建成后34年的过路费价格;以此证明政府并没有依据大道车辆流量、大道公司服务表现等评估收费额,反之在签约时就订下过路费价格,令人民动弹不得。

首相后来恫言援引《官方机密法令》对付揭露合约者。今日在集会上发表演说者揶揄首相拒绝向人民作出交待,反之要援引恶法对付揭露真相者。

蔡添强后来接受媒体询问时表示,只要公众仍感兴趣,反对大道涨价联盟便会继续举办抗议集会。该联盟将在下周开会商讨对策,并计划在两周后于另一个涨价收费站举办另一场大型集会,聚合人民继续发出反对涨价的声音。

万人联署抗议大道不合理起价
■日期/Jan 15, 2007   ■时间/12:43:34 pm
■新闻/家国风云   ■作者/本刊记者
           

【本刊记者撰述】民主行动党八打灵再也火箭行动队在去年1223日推介的抗议大道不合理起价网络请愿书,迄今已经有超过一万人连署。

民主行动党八打灵再也火箭行动队推介网络请愿书,是要抗议巫统领导的政府无理提高大道收费。工程部长三美威鲁在去年1214日宣布巴生谷五条收费大道过路费在今年11日涨价,涨幅介于20%60%。这五条大道是牙直立走廊大道(GCE)、莎亚南大道(KESAS)、白蒲大道(LDP)、加叻大道以及焦赖—加影大道,它们已在今年11日如期涨价。

上述网络请愿书有英文及马来文版本,英文版本的网址是http://www.petitiononline.com/notolle/petition.html,而马来文版本的网址则是 http://www.petitiononline.com/notollm/petition.html

民主行动党雪兰莪州秘书刘永山今天发表文告透露,至200711日上午11时为止,英文版请愿书获得1598名驾车人士连署签名,马来文版请愿书则获得157名驾车人士的联署签名,合计1755名驾车人士连署。

“在短短两个星期之内,连署请愿书所获得的签名激增630%12884个签名(截至今天上午十时)。签署英文请愿书的人士已经达到10930名,而马来文的请愿书的签署人数则达到1954名。”

刘永山说,虽然这已经达到他们推出请愿书时预计的一万人连署的目标,不过,他们希望收集更多签名,并呼吁已签署请愿书的驾车人士尽量动员朋友签署签名。

“我们将会延续这项网络签名运动以抗议政府不合理地提高巴生谷河流域五条大道的过路费,并且会在这个星期把这份请愿书连同所收集到的签名一起呈交给工程部部长三美威鲁。”

 

One Response to “Protest in the rain for 300 courageous protestors”

  1. shenyeeaun Says:

    good blog.

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