9 July 2011 – this day will be emblazoned in the minds and hearts of Malaysia for years to come. It’s a sign of protest. A sign of democracy. A sign of change. A sign of oppression. And hopefully, a sign of freedom.
Bersih 2.0 is a movement for the people, by the people to fight for reform of the Malaysian electoral process. It is independent of political parties and it strives for fairness.
On the media front, it was amazing to see hundreds of thousands, if not millions of tweets, Facebook posts and forum engagements generated around the event to rally for a cause – a cause that transcends race, religion and status in life. It just goes to prove that a notable cause will rally together people, and they will use whatever medium necessary to support it.
Though I was not able to be at the protest in person, I was able to follow along via my mobile phone and notebook. It was true to life and I loved every moment, being able to be in the centre of action, though I unfortunately wasn’t. It was much better than the World Cup, Olympics or Royal Wedding. Combined.
It’s amazing to see the power of social media added to the on-ground activities and how it was able to mobilize the thousands of people. The mobile Internet has empowered the masses. It’s proof how much we need our mobile telcos. We could see reports live, or slightly delayed, appearing on the Internet in the form of text updates, photos, videos and even streaming! Totally amazing.
As a tribute to the Bersih 2.0 efforts, here are some photos collected over the course of the day. None are mine, and I’ve tried to give credit as best as I can, but I may have missed a few credit. I offer my apologies in advance. Fact is, the photos were flying everywhere, embedded on various sites.[hdvid-600]ckqpVzndcwo[/hdvid-600]
ahmadhusni, Bandar Kuala Lumpur, BBC, beritaharian, cyberred, danielkong, dansemacabre
evilickle, fahmi_fadzil, freemalaysiatoday, j_rubis, jasurin, johnhansoei, KeadilanDaily
kenhong, khalids, kyspeaks, limbenji, bilviva, curicuriwangmsia, pratamad, kkling, liingpeh
ngkaychin, ryudiculous, plgan, premesh, RAKYAT MARHAEN, randyhew, theonlinecitizen
zhenyanglee, skidolma, ygren, terence7, wordsmanifest, alfredhean, behlihyi
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