The In Solidarity Nationwide Protest in Support of Himpunan Hijau 2.0 in Kuantan against the Lynas Rare Earth Plant is to be held today the 26 February 2012, Protests will be held in major cities all throughout the country. The Kuala Lumpur protest was held at Maju Junction, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur starting at 9.30 am.
We arrived at about 9.15 am and were pleasantly surprised to find a crowd of about 500 had already gathered and different groups are already starting their own activities some were singing accompanied by their guitars, some were making placards and flash mobs acting out and other activities.
By 10 am the crowd had grew to more than 2000 and the crowd swelled to a peak of about 3000. There was quite a big group of protest cyclist that were cycling around the venue with Anti Lynas signs, flags and T-shirts.
The people than lined up on both side of the roads to demonstrate to passing traffic with cards, posters etc, the cars responded by honking in support. The crowds was constantly chanting Stop Lynas, Save Malaysia alternating with Hidup, Hidup, Hidup Rakyat, the protesters was trying to out do each other from the other side of the road by their chanting.
The interesting part is that this protest which was solely organised by civil society and other individuals did not include any political parties and their members are not present in this event except for the visit of Charles Santiago from the DAP, the MP for Klang and Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad of PAS the MP for Kuala Selangor.
At about 12 PM, Haris Ibrahim gave a small speech thanking the people for taking a stand on events of the nation and for their support in showing up for this protest, Haris ask the people whether they will show up again and protest till Lynas close shop and the crowd roared to a resounding Yes and he finish off by calling an end to the event.
We are very pleased with the whole event and would like to specially commend the police for their cooperation, understanding and assistance, they had even occasionally send a plain clothes policeman over to advise the coordinators on crowd control even taking patience to explain the reason why such advise was extended.
The policemen was mostly just standing at a comfortable distance away watching and directing incoming traffic and was not at all intimidating. Well done to these police officers.
The people who turned up in this protest had a most pleasant and enjoyable time. The protesters themselves was happy to be able to exercise their rights to express an issue of national interest. At the end of the event we had a chat with some of the protesters and found that quite a number of young adults are participating for the first time in a protest.
The government should just accept this fact that Lynas is not wanted here by the Rakyat and not to be manipulative and defensive. Lynas is not wanted here, there is no need to be defensive by saying otherwise, the people in BN should accept a very simple fact is that, the people are not stupid especially in this modern age of internet and computers.
If Lynas is so good they will be operating in Australia as the raw materials are all from there.
Video of the Protest by MobTV HERE
More Photos of the event by Duke Cheng HERE
More Repoert by FMT HERE
For the men in uniform who joined the police or the army for the true reason of serving the community and acting as protector and defender of the people. Remember you join the force to be a hero of the people and not to cause harm or injure your own people.
Please think and act according to your conscience and to serve the people of the almighty against the evil politicians out to hold on to power at all cost.
Be a true Hero and Defender of the people and not a servant of the evil politician.
Your oath is to protect the country. If a government has wronged the country and its rakyat, it is your sworn duty to protect the rakyat if a government is damaging the country.
A group of NGOs and civil society groups today warned the public of the “devil” – Lynas Corporation Ltd – that is waiting to “kill every Malaysian” and not just the residents of Gebeng, Kuantan.
At a press conference organised ahead of Himpunan Hijau 2.0, the nationwide anti-Lynas rally this Sunday, the groups said that the severe repercussions of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) has made it a national issue.
A nuclear physicist and the Green Coalition Party committee member, Ahmad Bungsu Hamid Tuah, said that Malaysians outside Kuantan were in for a bad shock if they thought they were safe just because they lived outside the LAMP postcode.
“When the Chernobyl disaster took place the radioactive particles were carried by the wind all the way to Scotland,” he stated. “The rainwater that was infused with those particles fell onto grazing fields and the sheep ended up being polluted.”
“These same particles at the huge toxic dumps in Gebeng will also be carried by the South China Sea winds and monsoon rains across West Malaysia. So don’t think you’re safe just because you don’t live in Kuantan.”
Ahmad Bungsu, who has worked on projects involving radioactive waste management and toxic waste disposal systems in America, also said that the nuclear radiation from LAMP was no different from that in the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters.
In fact, he added, the radiation expelled by LAMP would exceed the levels of Fukushima. On top of that, he claimed that the cost of decommissioning the plant 60 years later would be five times the cost of building it.