Bersih 2.0: ‘I walked barefoot to Istana’

Nigel Aw
Jul 16, 11
Despite his age, 76-year-old national laureate A Samad Said was not spared the police crackdown on the Bersih 2.0 rally last Saturday.

“When I arrived at Istana Negara, there were two policemen who were bengis (fierce)… they told us to disperse or they would use force against us. 

NONE“With the look on their faces, if they could, they would want to devour me,” said Samad.. 

In the third part of an exclusive interview withMalaysiakini on Thursday, the novelist and poet with his distinctive long white hair and beard, related his experience in trying to submit the Bersih 2.0 memorandum for free and fair elections to the Agong during the mass rally. 

Samad was amongst the small group of protestors who had managed to march from KL Sentral – one of the flashpoints of the brutal crackdown due to the presence of top Bersih leaders there – to Stadium Merdeka and then to Istana Negara. 

NONEEarlier that morning, rally organisers had assigned two lawyers to bring Samad to the Hilton Hotel at Sentral after he expressed desire to join the demonstration.

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