Black 505: Another Charged For Organizing Rally

'The biggest rally in recent times'. That's what MalaysiaKini says about the 120,000 strong crowd of Malaysians dressed in black, at the Pidato Anwar Ibrahim: Suara Rakyat, Suara Keramat gathering despite earlier rumours and concern about the gathering being illegal. Held at the Kelana Jaya stadium, we witnessed for ourselves, thousands of Malaysians calling out against a corrupt government, racism, and unfair elections. What's next? 'Follow this Story' to find out with us. Contribute your pictures and videos too.

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Solidarity for Malaysian Young People (SAMM) Selangor coordinator Azhar Achil charged for organizing June 18 Sabak Bernam rally

Solidarity for Malaysian Young People (SAMM) Selangor coordinator Azhar Achil was charged in the Sessions Court today for organising an illegal assembly in Sabak Bernam last week.

Azhar, 39, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out to him by the court interpreter before Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar.

As the rally organiser, 39-year-old self-employed Azhar Achil is accused of not giving due notice to the district police chief within the stipulated 10-day period before the assembly took place.

Sessions Court judge Tasnim Abu Bakar granted RM4,000 bail and set July 20 for mention.

In Kuantan, Sessions Court Judge Fathiyah Idris fixed Sept 10 and 11 for the trial of PKR Pahang secretary Kamarzaman Mohamed Yunus, 57.
Kamarzaman was accused of failing to notify police by giving the 10-day notice before organising the "Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Bertemu Rakyat" rally.

PDRM says they will ask the military to assist if necessary

PDRM says they will ask the military to assist if necessary at the Black 505 rally on 22 June 2013.

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“So far, the police can still keep the peace. We keep in touch with the military and will ask them to help if neccessary,” Director of Internal Security and Public Order Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Rasid said.

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Pengarah Jabatan Keselamatan Dalam Negeri dan Ketenteraman Awam Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Rasid berkata setakat ini Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) telah mengambil langkah perlu bagi menghadapi perhimpunan yang dijangka diadakan di Padang Merbok itu.

Rafizi says June 22 rally will go on in Padang Merbok

With about 48 hours left before Saturday's Black 505 rally, the standoff between the police and the organisers continues.

In response to a police warning yesterday (June 19) that the organisers will be prosecuted if the rally is held, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli told The Malaysian Insider there was no change of plan.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said that they were confident of a peaceful rally come June 22. “If the police can maintain their professionalism, then there should be no problems,” he said.

He added: "But I understand the police's hands are tied in this matter. It is Putrajaya pulling the strings here. They have to learn how to respect the majority, who are concerned about the fraud during the recent polls.

He said police will not be making any preparations to accommodate the rally but they will be present to “enforce the law”. But Rafizi responsed that the rallies would continue until the Government paid heed to their demands. “The sooner they realise this, the better.”

City Hall says no Padang Merbok for June 22 rally but Pakatan insists

City Hall had rejected Pakatan’s application to hold the rally there saying that it would cause bad traffic jams, the landscaping in the area may be affected and also there was an Olympic Council of Malaysia event on June 23 and the organisers need to make preparations for the event a day before.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) said today that Padang Merbok needs to be available for logistics preparation on June 22 as its June 23 run will pass through the area, despite flagging off from Dataran Merdeka.

“The run will affect the Padang Merbok area. That’s why DBKL is saying that it’s covering the Padang Merbok area,” OCM honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said.

PKR’s strategy director Rafizi Ramli said his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues and he will attend the discussion with the mayor on June 14 but they will not change their decision to hold the rally at Padang Merbok on June 22.

“It is very sad that the Mayor and the City Hall were dishonest in saying that the venue was being used for preparations for a marathon the next day,” he said.

“In true fact, the charity run organised by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) is scheduled to start and end at the Merdeka Square,” he added.

Police says Backout 505 rally in Kangar today (10th June) not allowed

Police are not allowing a 505 Black Out gathering scheduled to take place here tomorrow night here because the organisers have not notified police on it.

Police today warned the Blackout 505 organiser if they carry out the plan to hold the rally at Jalan Raja Syed Alwi in Kangar on Monday

Kangar district police deputy chief Deputy Superintendent Ismail Che Isa said the organiser could be penalised for violating set of rules under Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA).

In this regard, Kangar acting police chief DSP Ismail Che Isa urged the public not to take part in the gathering planned to take place on an open area in Kampung Bakau, here.

Police says Padang Merbok is taken on June 15

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“The organiser for the charity run has already obtained an approval from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold the event earlier,” said Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad.

“The Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (PPSPPA) is holding a charity run at Padang Merbok on June 15.

June 15 KL rally will be in Padang Merbok

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PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said "Our wish and intention is to hold the rally at Dataran, but we take heed of the constant reminders by the police to avoid Dataran"

"In a mutually beneficial move, we take this initiative. But if the police and DBKL do not mind, we would like to assemble at Dataran."

He said Pakatan is choosing Padang Merbok for now to avoid going "back and forth" in negotiations, which could lead to delay.

Zahid Hamidi says obey the law and the rally is allowed

The opposition can proceed with their planned rally on June 15 to protest against alleged electoral fraud in the May 5 general election if they adhere to the Peaceful Assembly Act.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this when asked about the status of the rally.

"If (Opposition Leader Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) is planning to hold a rally within the premise of the Act, the police will allow it," he said at a press conference during a working visit to the Sungai Besi Cure and Care 1Malaysia Clinic here yesterday.

June 15, Black 505 rally hits KL

Pakatan Rakyat will hold a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest alleged electoral fraud in the 13th general election that was held on May 5.

"We have decided to support an initiative to hold a peaceful rally in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of June 15," PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim told a press conference after the Pakatan leadership council meeting this afternoon.

He said the coalition will engage with Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and security agencies to ensure that the rally is peaceful, Malaysiakini reported.

Asked if the rally would be held in a stadium or it would be a street demonstration, he said the rally secretariat would furnish details in due course.

6 Pakatan leaders charged, says not guilty

Six Pakatan Rakyat leaders - two in Perak and one each in Negri Sembilan, Johor, Kuantan and Penang - have been charged in the Sessions Court of the respective states.

They are deemed to have violated the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) by not informing the police 10 days ahead of the 'Blackout 505' rallies organised by the coalition.

In Perak, DAP's Ipoh Timor MP Thomas Su and PKR’s Mohammad Anuar Zakaria also claimed trial to a charge for a similar allegations. Their bail was set at RM4,000 each.

In Penang, the state Pakatan executive secretary Ong Eu Leong claimed trial under Section 9 (1) of the PAA for not informing the police 10 days prior to organising a 'Blackout 505' rally in Batu Kawan on May 11.

In Negri Sembilan, state PKR Youth chief Nazree Yunus was also charged at the Seremban Sessions Court with similar PAA charges over a Blackout rally at Oakland, Seremban, on May 17.

Nazree, like the other three, claimed trial.

Pahang PKR secretary Kamarzaman Md Yunus was charged later in the day, also under section 9(1) of the PAA for the Black 505 rally in Kuantan.

Kamarzaman pleaded not guilty before Justice Fathiyah Idris at the Kuantan Sessions Court.

Johor Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) executive secretary R. Yuneswaran pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to a charge with organising a rally without informing the police.

The charge under Section 9 (1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is punishable with a fine of up to RM10,000 under Section 9 (5) of the same Act.

Penang and Ipoh Pakatan rep and workers charged for violating Peaceful Assembly Act

Three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members, including newly-elected Ipoh Timor MP Thomas Su, claimed trial to violating the conditions of the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 — the latest band of opposition figures to face court action in the wake of the May 5 polls.

Su, 47, was charged with failure to inform the district police chief of PR’s May 9 rally, held at the Dewan Wisma Chin Woo in Ipoh, at least 10 days before the event. Perak PKR secretary Mohammad Anuar Zakaria, 46 was also charged under the same section for May 12 rally.

Penang Pakatan Rakyat executive secretary Ong Eu Leong, 44, was today charged in the Sessions Court here with organising a peaceful rally on May 11 at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan, near here, without a police permit.

Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi, however, released Ong who is from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), without imposing any bail on him and fixed June 27 for re-mention of the case.

The charge states that he had allegedly failed to inform the Southern Seberang Perai district police chief ten days prior to the event. No plea was recorded.

Tunku Aziz says Malaysians should not participate in this anarchism

Tunku Aziz says Malaysians should not participate in this anarchism. Photo by The Malaysian Insider.

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Tunku Aziz says, "This is the work of anarchists! Dangerous anarchists, who do not respect the law. They talk about observing the rule of law. That is pure rhetoric.

Former DAP leader Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim today urged Malaysians to stay away from protests organised by Pakatan Rakyat. “We as Malaysians should not participate in this sort of anarchism”.

He said Malaysians must accept BN’s victory.
“Pakatan could not win at the ballot box and now they want to resort to anarchism to topple the government,” he said. “I think that is unfair.”
“I want Malaysians to think very carefully. If not, we would be led by the nose like cows,” he added.

50,000 of mostly Malays defy Mukhriz ban and rallied in Alor Setar

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Mahfuz reminded Mukhriz that the previous PAS administration had extended the use of the state stadium for Najib’s rally in January. Photo from The Malaysian Insider.

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ALOR STAR, May 22 ― Thousands attended the “Black 505” rally here last night, where Kedah PAS chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar warned Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders against sparking conflict as the…

Tens of thousands of people defied the ban by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and turned up for the Pakatan Rakyat Black 505 rally here tonight.

More than 80,000 people - double the number expected - turned up at the Black 505 rally held at the PAS headquarters here to cheer on Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition as they fight for an electoral victory they claim was "stolen" from them at the May 5 general election.

Estimating that a crowd of 50,000 had gathered outside the state PAS headquarters, Mahfuz criticised newly-minted Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Kedah Chief Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir for warning against the rally.

“This is an extraordinary crowd and it proves people like (MCA president) Chua Soi Lek wrong. Soi Lek says only the Chinese attend the ‘Black 505’ rallies but what we saw tonight were the Malays in full force,” Sungei Petani MP Johari Abdul told reporters after the rally.

"I would advise Zahid to accept that the majority of the people are with the Pakatan Rakyat and don't start a war with the people. Be rational," Mafuz, who is also a PAS vice-president and the MP for Pokok Sena.

"As for Mukhriz, I would ask him to open up a bit as he is still a young man. He should not behave like the Umno leaders of the past who adopted a confrontational approach with the people." Kedah PAS commissioner Mahfuz Omar.
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Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek says boycott madness festival

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Malaysians must boycott the “pesta kegilaan” (festival of madness) by the opposition over claims of electoral fraud and accept that Barisan Nasional won the 13th general election,
newly minted Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

He was commenting on Zahid Hamidi's statement that Malaysians unhappy with the electoral system should emigrate. “I have to see the context of Zahid’s statement, what was reported [before I can comment]… but I agree…that there are ‘madness festivals’ being run by sore losers,” said Ahmad Shabery.

I feel this must be stopped. Most importantly, the rakyat must stop them, must boycott them and leave them because these festivals are about rejecting the decision made by the rakyat through our electorate system,” he added.

This was in response to the series of mega rallies Pakatan Rakyat organised, claiming that electoral fraud and an incompetent Election Commission had robbed them of their victory.

He also dismissed Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s argument that Pakatan was the rightful victor by virtue of winning the popular vote, insisting instead that the opposition pact only won big in urban areas.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek says boycott madness festival

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Chegubard says May 25th PJ rally will go on but it is not to overthrow the government

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Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairperson Badrul Hisham Shaharin has been ordered to appear before the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court tomorrow, to b...
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An event called Suara Rakyat 505 Rally to be held at the field next to Amcorp Mall this Saturday is not about toppling the government, but about taking back democracy, claimed Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairman Badrul Hisham Shahrin, more well known as Chegubard.

"We will present clear evidence of electoral fraud and reclaim the democratic right which was stolen from the people" he said, adding that the gathering the start of similar nationwide gatherings.

"We are going to the streets not to overthrow to government or cause chaos but to demand that democratic rights be returned to the people," he told reporters.

Asked if police had been notified of the proposed gathering, he merely said it was under control.

Badrul, also known as Chegubard, said that some 48 NGOs and civil society bodies have indicated their willingness to participate in the gathering.

The first demand, he said, is the resignation of EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his entire committee and appointment of a new committee answerable to Parliament.

The second demand, he added, was for by-elections to be held for seats where fraud is evident.
He said the final demand was for the support of all parties including government agencies for the Peoples' Tribunal mooted by Bersih.

He stressed there was no such thing as a Malaysia Spring akin to the Arab Spring but merely pyschological war propagated by the authorities to create fear amongst the people.

Kedah Black 505 rally to go on tonight (21 May) despite Mukhriz Mahathir's ban

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THE Black 505 rally will go on as planned in Kedah, despite Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir's refusal to allow it to take place at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Suka Menanti here today.

“Another 40,000 to 50,000 people will still come, even if it has to be held in Mahfuz Omar’s house in Pokok Sena,” said Rafizi, referring to the Kedah PAS commissioner, who will be helping to organize the event.

Rafizi said PKR was used to last-minute changes and could swap venues with only three hours' notice.

"It doesn't surprise us at all because they have always behaved us this way. It doesn't even register on our mind what he (Mukhriz) says or what kind of warnings he makes because we have stepped forward to a new Malaysia to a much more liberated Malaysia," Rafizi slams Mukhriz.

Terengganu Black 505 rally asked to postpone and switch venue

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Terengganu police have urged the organisers of the “Black 505” gathering to postpone their rally and relocate to a more suitable location.

Kuala Terengganu police chief Asst Comm Zamri Shamsuddin said he received a notification from Pakatan on Sunday that the Opposition intends to hold a rally on Thursday in Kuala Ibai. “As I was only notified on Sunday, they need to defer their date to at least 10 days after,” said Zamri.

Kuala Terengganu police chief Assistant Commissioner Zamri Shamsuddin said apart from security reasons, the location was unsuitable as it was near the main road and a housing area. "We had asked the organisers to find a more suitable venue, one which would not pose a security risk," he said.

“We also urge the public not to attend a rally which goes against the law,” he added.

"About 5,000 people are expected to attend the gathering, which will be lead by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng."

Nik Nazmi charged for Kelana Jaya rally

Calling it a harassment against Pakatan leaders, Nik Nazmi said that charge was unconstitutional as the Federal Constitution allows Malaysians to assemble peacefully.

“All the rallies held by Pakatan were peaceful and patriotic. It shows that we have done no wrong,” he said.

The PKR communications director pleaded not guilty when the charge under section 9 (1) of the Act was read out to him in the Sessions Court here.

If convicted under section 9(5) of the same Act, Nik Nazmi could be fined up to RM10,000, which could see the Seri Setia state assemblyman losing his seat.

Police are also investigating speakers who spoke at the rally including PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and Bersih co-chairperson, Datuk S Ambiga.

Tens of thousands welcomed Johor rally while 100 police were on stand-by

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The arrival of DS Anwar Ibrahim, this is the normal scene you will get

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Over 30,000 people crowded an open space near the Puteri Wangsa PKR branch near Ulu Tiram last night for Pakatan Rakyat's fifth Black 505 rally held in Johor Bahru.

Tens of thousands of people thronged Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) rally in Johor Baru last night for free and fair elections despite the rain. Some 100 police officers were reportedly on standby during the protest in the southern state, but did not interrupt the rally.

“Where is a country in this world where a leader gets 47 per cent of the popular vote and rules the country?” Anwar said. “I am not stepping down because I got 51 per cent of the popular vote and was denied a win because of fraud,” added the PKR de facto leader.

Earlier announcements had it that Johor Baru would be the last stop, but Anwar announced in his speech tonight that there will a rally in Seremban on Friday and in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday.
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Venue change did not deter 30,000 from Kuantan's Black 505 rally

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Venue change did not deter 30,000 from Kuantan's Black 505 rally

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Undeterred by a last-minute change in venue, more than 60,000 people made a beeline for Anwar Ibrahim's 505 Blackout rally to protest an electoral victory his Pakatan Rakyat coalition claims was stolen from them by Prime Minister Najib Razak's Umno-BN government.

The fourth 'Blackout 505' rally to protest sham election took place in Kuantan last night, attracting some 30,000 people who tried to squeeze their way into Jalan Beserah near the PKR office.

But Star Online reports that cars had lined up for several kilometres along the road shoulder to the venue. "I saw mostly youths from different ethnic groups last night at the rally," said a jovial Rafizan.

The main speaker last night was again PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, while the supporting cast included Pahang PKR chief Fauzi Abdul Rahman, PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Pahang DAP chief Leong Ngah Ngah.
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After 154 reports received, police say they will haul up Ipoh rally organizers soon

The police have received 154 reports regarding the two illegal Opposition rallies here last week.

State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the reports were lodged by people who were not pleased with the assemblies, which had allegedly caused a lot of problems to the public.

The state police will soon call up and record statements from organisers and opposition politicians involved behind two gatherings held here last week.

Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said yesterday that they had identified those behind the gatherings.

"No approvals were given for both gatherings as they failed to comply with the conditions set under the Peaceful Assembly Act."

Perak DAP had organised a ceramah on Thursday at Dewan Chin Woo, while the "Blackout 505" rally was held at Medan Istana on Sunday. "We received complaints about the massive traffic congestion which the rallies had caused.

Eyewitness say 30,000 crowded Black 505 rally in Ipoh

PR's third post-election rally draws up to 30,000

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Himpunan "Blackout" Negeri Perak, di Hadapan Ibu Pejabat Parti KeADILan Rakyat Perak, Medan Istana, Ipoh, Perak.

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30,000 crowded Black 505 rally in Ipoh

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The opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) held its third post-general election rally last night in Ipoh in front of the state headquarters of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

The crowd turned up as early as 7pm, most of them dressed in black. The rally at Medan Istana, which is also near the State Secretariat building, was over at about 10.30pm.

"Let May 13 be a new day for a new Malaysian spirit, rejecting all manner of racism," opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said in his speech last night.

“Speeches are now ongoing on stage and the crowd is about 30,000. It is peaceful and semangat (in high spirits)”, said one of the rally’s participants Sandrea Ng when contacted at about 9pm.

However, some netizens have been complaining on social media that the top leaders of Perak DAP were nowhere to be seen during the rally.

Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham (right) has clarified that there is nothing abnormal about this, as yesterday’s event had not been organised by Pakatan Rakyat, but by one of its members, PKR.

Police will haul up Batu Kawan rally organizers

The organisers of the Pakatan Rakyat rally at the Batu Kawan Stadium here on Saturday night can be hauled up by police, who have deemed the rally illegal.

Penang police said the rally is illegal as the organisers failed to give the police at least 10 days notice prior to the event as required by Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

He said the police did not issue any permit to the organiser as the application was made less than 10 days before the rally was to be held.

Abdul Rahim said the police also received reports about the tyres of seven cars being punctured, including that of the Seberang Perai Selatan OCPD.

“Thus, the police have made a report and the case will be inves-tigated under Section 9(5) of the Act.

“If convicted, the organisers would face a fine of not more than RM10,000,” he said.

Sources say 60,000 attended Batu Kawan rally in Penang on 11 May 2013

Sources say 60,000 attended Batu Kawan rally in Penang on 11 May 2013

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A big crowd is seen on the road about 1.5km from Batu Kawan stadium May 11, 2013. The crowd could not move to the stadium as the road is jam packed with people. -MalaysianInsider

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Pakatan says, "Orang ramai dijemput hadir dan digalakkan memakai pakaian berwarna hitam."

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Lim Guan Eng speaking at Stadium Batu Kawan, 11 May 2013.

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PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived in the stadium before 8.30pm to avoid the gridlock around the stadium. At 9pm, the 40,000 capacity stadium was half full with most of the crowd on the football pitch.

At 9pm, the 40,000 capacity stadium was half full with most of the crowd on the football pitch. Many of them were young and waved giant flags belonging to the three PR parties, PAS, PKR and DAP.

9pm on 11 May 2013 at the #BlackOut505, Stadium Batu Kawan

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It was reported that some of those who turned up, dressed in black, had to park their cars at the Bukit Tambun toll plaza a few kilometres away due to the traffic congestion.
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Besides Anwar Ibrahim, those present were Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is also the PKR president, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu and other Pakatan leaders in the state.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the mass gathering by the Opposition at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang on May 11, 2013

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Selangor police chief says rally organizers and speakers will be investigated for sedition

The organisers and 28 speakers of a Pakatan Rakyat rally at the Kelana Jaya stadium will be quizzed by police for offences related to sedition and illegal assembly.

Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said today there were 33 speakers at last night's rally but 28 of them including top opposition party leaders had allegedly made speeches with elements of sedition and instigation.

He said the police had advised Pakatan to postpone the rally but they had defied the suggestion.
He pointed out that under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the police require prior notice of 10 days.

Tun Hisan said the stadium could only accommodate 25,000 people with a little over 700 parking lots and if only the organisers had adhered to the regulations, the police could have suggested that the gathering be held at a more suitable venue.

"Cars were parked haphazardly along highways causing massive traffic jams. What if there was a medical emergency? We have began our investigations and hope to wrap up the probe at the soonest." he said.

"This illegal police investigation is clearly intended to divert attention from the massive electoral fraud and irregularities that are being highlighted by Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact)," a statement by Anwar's party said, using the name of the three-party opposition alliance.

Harian Metro says, "Penjenayah suka pakai hitam." Social media users circulate picture and ask why

LRT passengers spotted these advertisements out on the handles of the trains: "Penjenayah suka pakai hitam, and "Salah satu kegunaan beg besar ialah untuk mengangkut mayat." Social media users are saying they could be sending off indirect messages about Malaysians choosing to wear black after the 13th general elections. What do you think?

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EC chief says rallies and protests won't change GE13 results

EC chief says rallies and protests won't change GE13 results

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Protests or rallies will not be able to change the result of 13th general election (GE13) or cause it to be held again, said Election Commission chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf in a radio interview yesterday.

He said the available option for unhappy candidate is to apply for a review of the result by making a petition after the result is gazetted in accordance with the law.

"Only then a re-election will be called. A rally such as the one tonight will not change anything," he said when interviewed by Radio24 Wednesday.

"I would say that GE13 was fair. The winner did not receive EC help while the loser was not because EC did not help. The votes of registered voters determined the winner and the loser."

'Black Wednesday' in pictures

Felicia Foo: Malaysian dieing to get into the stadium and be a part of the action despite it being filled to the brim.

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Endless streams of people in black walking to the Kelana Jaya Stadium from as far as Kelana Jaya KTM and some even further back. Photo credit: ENews 美女主播

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@Michelle Ding: I got friends who didn't even manage to get in fr highway outside. Went for dinner and watch from home. And the crowds were definitely not constant. Many ppl moving in and out in a constant stream.

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@Michelle Ding: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang arriving at Stadium Kelana Jaya at approximately 9.30pm on a motorbike. On the left of this photo is Rafizi Ramli.

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@Wwnla: Concert in KJ Stadium just now! #JK #UBAH #PKR #PR #NGUYEN

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@Kendrick Koh: We paid attention!

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@Kendrick Koh: Friends at the 8 May 2013 gathering

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Malaysians holding up signs saying "Najib kills democracry" and "Dark justice".

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@michding: Cukup epic.

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@michding: Colours!

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By Melissa Deng

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From Giliang Cheng

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The large turnout on 8 May 2013. What do Malaysians want?

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Anthony Wong: Black Wednesday. DS Anwar Ibrahim uniting #rakyat from different skin colour, background, and religion. #ubah #ceramah #unity this picture taken by someone, I'm just re-posting. According to #barisannasional, this crowd only consist of 55 purely Chinese ppl.

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Keow Wee Loong: Rain didnt stop people from coming!

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'Black Wednesday' in videos

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International media says Malaysians gather to denounce the elections

Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim vowed to contest 30 seats lost in a May 5 election, enough to swing the result, in a speech to a packed stadium outside of Kuala Lumpur last night.

Anwar told Reuters on Tuesday that the rally would be a first step to explain the opposition's case that it had been cheated out of its first election victory.

"This is merely the beginning of the battle between the people and an illegitimate, corrupt and arrogant government," the 65-year-old former deputy prime minister told the large crowd, many of whom wore black to symbolize mourning.

Up to 40,000 protesters, many dressed in mourning black, gathered at the demonstration to denounce the results. Participants filled the stadium's stands and spilled onto the football field.

Tens of thousands of Malaysians, dressed in black, have gathered to denounce the country's elections which they claim were marred by fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years.

Police said about 60,000 opposition supporters attended the rally in Selangor state, defying threats of arrest and heavy rains.

The tens of thousands of supporters -- many of them blowing horns and shouting "reformasi" (reform) -- came despite rain, tough traffic conditions and a police warning that the opposition had not acquired the necessary permission.

Malaysiakini says this is the biggest rally in Malaysia

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Including those caught in traffic jams all around Petaling Jaya, the crowd is estimated at 120,000 - making it one of the biggest rallies in recent times.

Guest speakers at the event: Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Pak Samad, Nurul Izzah and more

Rafizi Ramli at Black Wednesday, 8 May 2013. Image from Keow Wee Loong.

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Wong Chen, Kelana Jaya assembly man. Image from Keow Wee Loong.

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Keow Wee Loong: Frontstage with Anwar Ibrahim.

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Chua Jui Meng at Black Wednesday, 8 May 2013. Image from Keow Wee Loong.

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Keow Wee Leong: "Nurul izzah cheering the crowd at kelana jaya stadium."

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Tian Chua at Black Wednesday, 8 May 2013. Image from Keow Wee Loong.

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Lim Kit Siang delivering his speech, while Anwar Ibrahim looks on. Picture from Keow Wee Loong: Stadium kelana jaya overflow!! More than 80,000 people came.

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Lim Kit Siang says, "The Malaysia I know is one that believes in fairness. The Malaysia that I know is one that believes in decency."

10.39pm: Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim declares that the people of Malaysia, be they Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan or Dayak, want free and fair election.

Anwar says, “This is the beginning of a battle between the people and an illegitimate, corrupt and arrogant government."

In a statement, the coalition said Anwar has "deliberately chosen a small stadium to ensure it will spill onto the streets. His protest is calculated to create unrest."

Thousands of Malaysians gather despite 'illegal rally' scare

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar had earlier warn participants at the rally that they will be arrested & police will act against owners of social networking sites who provoke racial sentiments.

In response, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli rally had confirmed that the "Suara Rakyat Suara Keramat" rally would go ahead as planned as police had been formally informed.

"This is in line with normal practice as the rally will be held in private also complies with the Peaceful Assembly Act - a permit is not needed for a rally, only the need to inform the police."

Tens of thousands of Malaysians, dressed in black, gathered to denounce the country's elections which they claim were marred by fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years.

PAKATAN TODAY: Follow the story now and we'll give you the latest updates on what Pakatan Rakyat is up to, daily: quotes from politicians, rumours, campaigns, videos, pictures.

Even politicians were not spared from the massive traffic jam

Black Wednesday attendees parked as far as Citta Mall and started walking to Kelana Jaya stadium.

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A bird's eye view of traffic on the NKVE highway with people headed toward the Kelana Jaya stadium.

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The roads nearest to the stadium were were all clogged up until past 2am.

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Anwar arrived after 10pm on a scooter and was greeted with loud roars that echoed through the stadium by the crowd who chanted "Kami Anak Malaysia". Thousands dressed in black have packed the stands and also the football pitch in the stadium.

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11:30pm - 1.30am: Traffic was at an absolute standstill from least five kilometres away in various direction and many who were heading to the rally are still stuck.

10.45pm: Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang takes to the stage, after having earlier arrived via the back of a motorcycle.

Malaysians in Melbourne have their own rally outside State Library

Malaysians in Melbourne, rallying for clean and fair elections on Wednesday, 8 May 2013.

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Malaysians in countries like Australia, New Zealand, China and more also did their part in Malaysian GE13. Keep up with the Malaysian voters that are overseas on this page!

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