The article below is taken from The Sun Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR (June 12, 2008): Police may have to close the road leading to the Kampung Baru Mosque after Friday prayer tomorrow following a plan by certain groups to stage a procession from the mosque to the Petronas Twin Towers to protest the fuel price hike. Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman said between 1,500 and 2,000 members of the security forces from the police, People’s Volunteer Force (Rela) and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) would be placed on alert to stop the procession.
“Personnel from the Dang Wangi District Police Station and Sentul will also help maintain security in the area. We will close several roads leading to the (mosque) area if necessary,” he added.
He said the organisers of the procession did not apply for a permit from the district police chief but instead sent a letter to inform about the procession, reports Bernama.
Meanwhile, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim confirmed that the PKR Youth wing and members of several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would march from the Kampung Baru Mosque to the Petronas Twin Towers after Friday prayer today to protest against the petrol price hike.
In KOTA BARU, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat described the federal government’s moves in tackling the oil price hike as “not smart” because the approach taken had posed a big burden on the people.
He said as an oil producing country, the government had other options to stave off the effects of the global rise in oil price without having to increase the prices of petrol and diesel.
“I understand we have oil reserves for the next 20 years and natural gas reserves for 35 years. So, why not use cheaper resources such as the natural gas for vehicles (NGV).
“Besides being cheap, (natural) gas can also reduce air pollution. Why ignore this option and take the easy way out by raising petrol price and make the people suffer,” he said in a media conference in his residence in Pulau Melaka here.
Nik Aziz, who is also the PAS spiritual leader, said the federal government must be more serious in increasing the number of petrol stations selling gas nationwide.
The government announced an increase of 78 sen in the price of petrol to RM2.70 per litre on June 7, which was an increase of 40 per cent from the previous price of RM1.92 per litre.
In PETALING JAYA, Llew-Ann Phang reports that the government’s ongoing efforts to restructure the subsidy system has been labelled as “crazy” by a newly established coalition called Anti-Fuel Manipulation People’s Movement (Geramm).
In a bid to show displeasure, the coalition hopes to gather some 5,000 to 10,000 people in Masjid Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur after prayers today.
This will be followed by a march to the Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC.
Asked if Geramm had obtained a police permit for the event, PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mat Amin said a formal letter was submitted to the police and its representatives had spoken to Dang Wangi officers.
“We have not got a permit and we are not applying for one but we will discuss further with the police. Furthermore, I think the police will not disturb us because they are also affected by the hike. They will help us,” he said in a press conference today.
Shamsul Iskandar said Geramm – whose official colour is red – was an apt acronym to the organisation as the people were angry and disappointed with the government’s move to raise the price of fuel by 78 sen to RM2.70 a litre.
“Geramm is also launching a nationwide petition to collate one million signatures, especially from the younger group who are deeply affected. The petition is also available on our website www.geramm.org and we are looking to mobilise the people to participate regularly in our protests,” he added.
The press conference in PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s office was also chaired by PAS Youth secretary Ahmad Sabki Yusuf, People’s Welfare Union (Ikrar) chairman Mustapa Mansor and PKR Youth vice-chief Khairul Annuar Zainuddin.
Khairul Annuar said Geramm would organise more gatherings in time to come at mosques in various states, including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak and Pahang.
I’m not the smartest person around, but then again, hiking up a protest is a dumb, dumb move. These people never learn, do they? These demonstration are not legal ( LOL, since when any demonstration against the government is made legal, huh)
Demonstration and aggressions leads to no where, and definitely will not solve the escalating price of fuel in Malaysia and the rest of the world. Since the government has made its decision to raise the fuel priceÂ and not budging, you can’t be seriously thinking that by protesting this way, they will listen. Get a grip on reality people. THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT LOWER DOWN THE FUEL PRICE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO! Someone please go and do something about the global market price for fuel. Ask someone or so-so people to lower it down, then maybe the fuel price will drop, then again, maybe not! If asked to sign the pettition to protest the fuel price, yes, that will do. But sorry, huh, I won’t join you idiots in the middle of hot sun, marching and ranting gibberish! Kampung Baru and KLCC is a place where tourist wander about everyday, no matter it’s day or night. I refused to show tourist who comes to our country for sightseeing how idiotic and foolish I am.
What the hell are these people thinking? And here I thought Friday is suppose to be a peaceful day. It’s sad to seeÂ Malaysian,Â Muslim or non Muslim alike behave like barbarians. Why go to Friday prayers if the next thing after is you want to get involve in such stupid thing? You’reÂ supposed to feel closer to God, make peace with with the world and be atÂ serene and easeÂ after the prayers….but then again, with a screwed up world, with a screwed up country, with a screwed up Malaysian mindset, we can’t expect less than having all these freaks going to Friday prayers and then do demonstration. ThoughÂ I highly doubt that everyone who will be there will be Muslim. Majority will be, I supposed, since it will be held after the prayers.
Â Too free is it? Nothing better to do, huh?Â I can accept it if these people plan a gatheringÂ for some charity bazaar or whatever sort of charity occasion after the Friday prayers to help the poor and the needy, but definitely not this idiotic demonstration. They’re fighting for the lost cause. How many demonstration in Malaysia had sucessfully reach its purpose? You tell me.
Â I hope the demonstration won’t get anyone hurt. Islam definitely don’t promote terror and violence.Â Last check, Islam itself means PEACE. The prophet himself did not promote violence.Â Don’t give me the crap that the demonstration will be done peacefully. With an issue like I think they will let anger get the better of them. These kind of people are the ones who had the rest of the world shunned the Muslims and had the Muslims labeled as terrorist.
Opposition, opposition. Anwar, Anwar. What the hell are you doing? Are you too eager and desperate to be PM that you feel the need to drag Malaysian, Muslim and non-Muslim alike into deep shit? Dammit! The demonstration will have no outcome, unless of course if the purpose is to create traffic jam. Haha. Trapped in the congestionÂ will alsoÂ waste fuel, you know? So much for demostrating against the fuel price. You’re making the rest of KL citizens who needs to use the road waste more petrol.