By Sabri Zain
Sabri Zain started â€˜bloggingâ€™ even before the word â€˜blogâ€™ was in vogue.
His postings on the reformasi movement 10 years ago appeared later in a book, â€˜Reformasi Diaryâ€™.
This was one of his postings on the mammoth demonstration in Dataran Merdeka.
I just got back from Dataran Merdeka.
I’m bad with numbers – so I can’t tell you if it was 100,000 people. It certainly was very easily in the tens of thousands. Also pretty difficult to tell when the whole stretch of the road from Dataran Merdeka to the National Mosque was an ocean of people, they were spilling into the side streets, and in the mosque compound, in the nearby Pusat Islam compound.
They had apparently been told to move from Dataran Merdeka, so the crowd proceeded to the compound of the National Mosque facing Pusat Islam. To their credit, the police kept a low profile, and the crowds behaved peacefully.
It was a mixed bag – families, students, yuppies – of all races, though the majority was Malay. Though it was hear-warming to see this 60-year old Chinese pensioner standing next to me punching his fist into the air and shouting “Reformasi!” – who says it is only the young who want change?
Anwar Ibrahim arrived about 4:30pm to deafening cries of “Reformasi”. They didn’t have a proper PA system, so he had to use a loudhailer. He played the fiery orator to the hilt – but the person who won me heart-and-soul was Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.