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Tweets And Instagram Uploads Of Malaysians At The Anti-GST Rally

Social media was heavily used on 1 May 2014 at the anti-GST rally in Kuala Lumpur. Here's a closer look at photos, videos and tweets of Malaysians who were present at the scene of the rally.

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On 1 May 2014, A Rally Was Held At Dataran Merdeka To Protest Against The Implementation Of GST

A rally was held on 1 May to demonstrate against GST

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An estimated 50,000 is reported to have gathered around the streets of Dataran Merdeka in the May Day rally against the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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Earlier, protesters flooded Jalan Raja in the anti-GST rally, which began at four locations in the capital city at about 9.30am - KLCC, Sogo, Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara. The gatherings picked up closer to noon with the bulk of demonstrators arriving in large numbers at the four meeting points at 11.30am to the rallying cries of ceramahs, such as those given by Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack, former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S. Arutchelvan.

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Gathering points of the anti-GST rally on 1 May 2014

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The rally was organised by a coalition of 95 NGOs.

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A Crowd Of An Estimated 50,000 People Thronged The Streets To Protest

The large crowd gathering to protest

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The Protest Was To Pressure The Government To Abolish GST In Fear That It Will Add To The Rising Cost Of Living

People are protesting in fear that GST will add to the burden of living costs

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced in his 2014 budget speech last October that GST will take effect in April 2015.

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It had sparked concerns that prices of goods would soar and add to the burden of the average Malaysian household.

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Selvarajah Maniam, 53 said: "We want the Government to know that we are against the new tax system that will only burden the people." He said he did not buy the Government's rationale for implementing GST.

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The Reactions On Social Media Regarding The Protest Were Mixed And Varied

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Some Users Tweeted And Showed Support For The Rally

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"The response is encouraging. I hope that the government will consider our views," she said.

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Hundreds of supporters have gathered in front of Sogo. Some motorists passing by honk, protesters are blowing vuvuzelas.

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While Others Didn't Think It Was Too Effective

A user asking why children are present at the rally

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Some question the intentions of the rally goers, which some going to just be part of the crowd

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People were taking selfies instead of protesting

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Social Media Users Managed To Capture A Scuffle That Happened Between Some Protesters And The Media

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A rowdy group of youths clashed with reporters near Dataran Merdeka today just after the Anti-GST rally ended.

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“We need to enter but they blocked us. We want to access the field. We are here to fight – not fight physically but fight the Government. But Unit Amal is blocking us.

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The scene later escalated into a brief melee between the media personnel and the youths. A Xin Hua news agency videographer was kicked while another youth hurled a wooden flagpole that struck another photographer.

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Politicians Also Voiced Their Opinion On Twitter

Nurrul Izzah's Instagram shows her mother amongst the crowd

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Elizabeth Wong and a few others present at the rally

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MP Elizabeth Wong was also present

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also marched alongside the crowd

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Anwar tells the crowd that they should not have to wait for the next general election for change but to press for reformation of the system now.

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So did Rafizi Ramli

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Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang tweets sarcastically that the crowd is mostly Malay and DAP is probably busy watching the movie Spiderman 2.

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Gerakan's Tan Keng Liang asked why children were brought along which is irresponsible of them

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He continues to mock the other leaders questioning where were their whereabouts

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Khairy Jamaluddin also had a tongue in cheek response to the rally by claiming that people just went there for the 'selfie'

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While Some Used Instagram To Post 'Live' Reports Of What Went On

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The crowd

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Read Also: What Is GST And How Will It Affect You?