Abused By Your Own Protectors; Minding The Minders

Yesterday was the 1st August Anti-ISA street rally. After being at the scene for the BERSIH and other rallies, I was rather ambivalent about taking a first hand look this time around.

This time BN was trying another counter-strategy; a parallel counter-rally at the same day, time and venues. Quoting the Star Paper:

"The anti-ISA movement, Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) or the “Abolish the ISA Movement,” plans to have 100,000 people march to the Istana Negara to hand over a memorandum urging the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve the Act.

Meanwhile, the pro-ISA group known as Pembela Negara Federation of Non-Governmental Organisations Council (Magaran), which claims it comprises 56 NGOs with over 100,000 members, plans a counter-rally to hand the Agong a memorandum supporting the ISA.

Other pro-ISA groups that have threatened similar action are Majlis Pemuafakatan Ummah (Pewaris) and Persatuan Pribumi Perkasa (Perkasa)."
My decision was made by my doubt about the Pro-Isa guys; they would not be able to gather in any significant numbers. How true it proved to be.
I also decided that JJ was old enough to accompany me and see for himself events that are shaping the destiny of his country.

We started out at 12.45 pm and parked at Bukit Jalil Star LRT station knowing the roads in KL would be jammed pack till late evening. One of our intentions was also to have lunch at Pudu'd famous roast pork place, Restoran Wong Kee. Normally the roast pork which is sold from 12.30 pm onwards would be sold out by about 1.30 pm. I was sure this time it would not be because I know the Chinese, especially typical Malaysian Chinese who will not be in KL in great numbers because of fear and inherent self-centered nature. There was still lots of "siew yoke" left at almost 2.00 pm!