‘Tangkap MO1’ rally

 |Aug 27, 2016
Around 600 supporters largely student activists waling towards Dataran Merdeka.
Around 600 supporters largely student activists waling towards Dataran Merdeka.

Some 1,500 people, mostly students, took part in the “Tangkap Malaysian Official 1” (Catch Malaysian Official 1)  rally in Kuala Lumpur today.

The supporters clad in black and white attires, carrying banners and placards were seen making their way towards Dataran Merdeka.

Around 2pm protesters started to gather at Sogo shopping mall and Masjid Negara.

The two different groups started to walk and reached Dataran Merdeka at 2.55pm.

The rally goers chanted “Hidup rakyat, Kita Lawan, Tangkap Najib, Tangkap Rosmah”.

Even the protestors carried caricature impersonating Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor as blindly alleging them as the MO1.

Caricature impersonating Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor as blindly alleging them as the MO1.
Caricature impersonating Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor as blindly alleging them as the MO1.

However, the rally protesters were blocked by the cops and City Hall enforcement authorities from entering Dataran Merdeka as barricades were placed surrounding the vicinity.

Police then instructed the participants of the “Tangkap Malaysian Official 1” rally to disperse as the gathering was in violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

A police official from Dang Wangi police station said the crowd should disperse as they have violated the rule and regulation.

“It is an offence to participate in an illegal assembly under Section 4(2)(c) of the Act,” he said.

Rally organised by student activists

The rally was organised by a coalition of student and youth groups aimed to arrest of the “Malaysian Official 1” mentioned by the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the recent civil suits of 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

The protest group today was led by a student activist Anis Syafiqah Mohd Yusof.

The 24 year old student activist is a Universiti Malaya student reading language and linguistics.

student activist Anis Syafiqah Mohd Yusof clad in pink tudung giving her speech at the rally.
Student activist Anis Syafiqah Mohd Yusof clad in pink tudung giving her speech at the rally.

It is learnt that Anis has never dreamt to be a leading student activists however believes she has a duty to keep pressure on the US DOJ civil suit matter and bring about justice for the Malaysians.

The rally also saw the participation of political parties such as PKR,DAP, Amanah and non-governmental organisations like Parti Socialis Malaysia and Suaram.

Opposition politicians such as Tian Chua, Teo Kok Seong, Khalid Samad and Nik Nazmi were spotted chanting “Tangkap MO1”

A protestor, who only wishes to be known as Alif,  was chanting “Bebas Anwar” in the rally with some voices echoing from behind.

Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and activist Hishamuddin Rais were spotted in the crowd delivering speeches and urging the protestors to support the upcoming Bersih 5 rally scheduled next month.

The much expected arrival of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad was a letdown when he skipped attending the rally.

Unruly behavior of the protestors

When the protesters nearing Dataran Merdeka there was a scuffle broke down between some unidentified PKR supporters and student activists.

The reason for the scuffle was unknown however the police intervened when they spotted the incident took place.

Malaysia Outlook reporter who was at the scene witnessed a protester sat down on the road and started to block a car.

An unidentified protestor sat on the road blocking a car
An unidentified protestor sat on the road blocking a car

The unruly behavior of the protestor caused traffic to be slowed down.

His unpleasant behavior irked some of the protestors and was pulled off immediately to let the vehicle pass by.

Some of the protestors started to sit in front of Dataran Merdeka.
Some of the protestors started to sit in front of Dataran Merdeka.

The police and City Hall authorities did a commending task by controlling the crowd amid the student activists trying to take control of the security and traffic flow manning.

Meanwhile, the NST Online reported that a scuffle broke out among protestors of the ‘Tangkap MO1’ rally.

It was reported that a pickup truck with members of PKR Youth wing had refused to move their vehicle that was parked near the stage which later resulted into a commotion at Dataran Merdeka.

The student activist group had apparently given repeated warnings to the PKR members, who refused to heed the call.

Following a heated argument, a PKR youth allegedly verbally abused the student activist group, which led to scuffle and a chaotic scene.

However, the scuffle was quickly resolved after the PKR youth was restrained by the crowd.

The wing’s vice-chief Tan Kar Hing, who was present, claimed that the PKR member had attended the rally in his personal capacity, and was not involved in organising the rally.

“PKR Youth was in charge of security for the rally, but the man was not involved,” Tan, the Simpang Pulai assemblyman said, adding that it was unclear on why the PKR man engage the student in such a manner.

“We will investigate further to determine if disciplinary action should be taken against him.”

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Priya Pubalan has been a journalist for the past three years and counting. She believes in human equality, law and justice. She thinks capitalism should be abolished and mankind should give importance to education.