The peaceful rally at the Australian High Commission this morning went on as planned. No untoward incidents. The crowd was estimated at around 500 comprising members of Pemuda Umno, Pemuda MIC, Perkasa, MBM, Makkal Sakthi and a few NGOs.
However, I am disappointed. I think bloggers were sidelined. The petition signed by a group of political and diplomatic bloggers, including Datuk Rockybru, Syed Akbar, A Voice and mine failed to get to Aussie High Commissioner to Malaysia, HE Ms Penny Williams.
I was holding the petition, hoping to join KJ, his deputy Razali and a Perkasa rep into the embassy compound. Not allowed as only three persons were permitted. It was OK. I passed it to one of KJ's officials whom I dont know his name. We were cramping at the FRU barricade outside the mission. I thought the petition goes through.
When KJ and the two others left the mission about 20 minutes later, I saw the official whom I gave the petition earlier, asking him whether it went through, and he said "Tak sempat kasi KJ".
Thank you. Its my accountability. And the protest rally also turned out to be very political. In my postings earlier, I said those wanting to take part should not don any political symbols as it might give Anwar Ibrahim and supporters the edge to say that it was planned by the government.
However, everybody wants to claim credit for it. Well, take yours!