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The People's Uprising rally or Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (Malay) was a rally that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 12 January 2013. The rally was held by various Malaysian opposition friendly non-governmental organisations and opposition parties in opposition to many of the government policies and decisions that have been claimed by left wing supporters to be unfair and affecting the Malaysian populace. The main venue which the organisers have chosen for the rally is Stadium Merdeka. The event was also known as the KL 112 rally, where the numbers indicate the date of the event.
According to social activist and icon Hishamuddin Rais, the grievances against the government are many and varied The following lists of grouses:
To fight against cheating in the general elections by the Malaysian government.
The fair distribution of oil-royalty payments by the Malaysian government to oil producing states.
Free education for all Malaysians.
The election watchdog group Bersih which organised a number of rallies calling for electoral reform in Malaysia namely the rallies in the Bersih rallies in 2011 and 2012 has revealed that it is not amongst the organisers of the latest rally but has said that many of members will be attending the rally on their own capacity.
2.38 pm: Arrival of the Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Stadium Merdeka.
2.11 pm: PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and PAS Secretary, Datuk Mustafa Ali arrived at Stadium Merdeka.
2.07 pm: The arrival of Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
2.03 pm: Safwan Anang student activist giving his speech. He states that all students should use everything in their power to abolish PTPTN loans and University and College Act 1971 be repelled by the government.
1.51 pm: 40,000 participant entered Stadium merdeka. PAS Vice-President giving his speech.
The Malaysian human rights watchdog Suhakam and the Malaysian Bar Council will be monitoring the rally. The Bar Council will be sending in a team of lawyers to anyone who needs legal assistances should they be arrested by the police. Former Bar Council president K Ragunath criticised the Bar Council for showing a tendency to support the opposition.
There were fears by a Malaysian NGO Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) that there would be some provocations by the police during the demonstration. After the rally ended, the PDRM or the Malaysian Royal Police was praised as they shown tremendous amount of patience and restraint.
Participants taking a rest.
According to different estimates there were about 100,000 to 150,000 people who attended the rally, which was quite peaceful compared the previous rallies. Many of the rally goers gathered at various points of the city before making their way to Stadium Merdeka where the rally organisers conducted a number of speeches in support of their ideals.
A rally participant.
The police was commended for the way they handled the rally by both government as well as opposition leaders and from the general public.