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Latest Update – Janji Bersih More than 5000 people Dataran Merdeka

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An estimated 5,000 people are in Dataran Merdeka for the Federal Government organised countdown. A stone’s throw away, a multi-ethnic crowd of thousands more in yellow shirts are gathered near the northern-most police cordon and are trumpeting away on their vuvuzelas.

The yellow shirts sing Negaraku at the stroke of midnight. Some left to enjoy the fireworks while others are dispersing in a cheerful mood.

12.20am – Dataran Merdeka – A Samad Said declares the Janji Demokrasi gathering a success but is unable to estimate a crowd figure. Some people have tweeted that the number could be as high as 10,000.A Samad said that he was surprised by the turnout and the fact that most yellow shirts were youths. He urged them to continue to press for change.

 

Berikut adalah petikan penuh puisi A Samad berjudul “Janji Demokrasi”:

Malam amatlah indah walaupun kalbu masih terdera,
kita terpaksa menyambut senyum demokrasi yang lara.
Dataran Merdeka tak lagi dipupuk gah sejarahnya
kerana tak digalak ia untuk lebih bersejarah.
Kini di mana-mana sajalah Dataran Suara kita!

Angin sejarah yang tulen kini makin berhembus kencang
mencanda panji negara yang berkibar girang dan garang;
dan seragam gelombang kuning – diri kita yang sejati –
menghimpun azam dan tekad untuk tulus damai berbakti,
menjeritkan: Janji Demokrasi, ya, Janji Demokrasi!

Kita mulai dihindar untuk mengalir ke Dataran;
di mana sajalah kini kita rai kemerdekaan.
Kita enggan menjadi wira ciplakan di dalam mimpi.
Kita laungkan jerit senyaringnya: “Janji Demokrasi!”
sehinggalah janji itu turut menjeritnya sendiri!