This picture from Malaysiakini says it all. How would the official Merdeka celebration programme look when juxtaposed with such an officially unwelcome mass of people?
URGENT PRESS STATEMENT -- 30th August 2015 -- Bersih4 stays in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka
The decision to move Merdeka Eve celebrations to Stadium Bukit Jalil was relayed to me by OCPD Zainol Samah of IPD Dang Wangi.
I then passed this information on to the press.
BERSIH 2.0 had no part in making this decision. We were in fact prepared to share the Dataran Merdeka space with all peace loving Malaysians.
The decision to move the location of the Merdeka Eve celebrations was made entirely by the authorities.
The Bersih 4 peaceful assembly will continue as planned in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka tonight, there is no change in plans.
As we approach the Grand Finale of Bersih 4, we reiterate our commitment to a peaceful gathering of Malaysians united for a better Malaysia. There will be no breaking of barriers and we will also disperse before 12.00am.
Maria Chin Abdullah
Chairperson, BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee
Another out of thousands of related pictures found in the internet...
Pic courtesy of Pahlawan Bersih
On second day, on the way: Tun Dr Mahathir and wife in LRT train
I don't care about Bersih's demands, I am here for Najib's resignations," says Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Straits Times reported:
'Malaysia's ruling party Umno said on Sunday that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has "crossed the line" by attending the Bersih 4 rally, Bernama reported.
Dr Mahathir's attendance in the rally ran counter to a statement he made in 1998 that street demonstrations should not be supported, Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday.
"His action has gone against the values he had promulgated when he was prime minister," Mr Hishammuddin was quoted by Bernama as saying.'
"During his administration, he had clearly stated that street demonstrations were not the approach to voice dissatisfaction," Mr Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, added.
Mr Hishammuddin said Dr Mahathir's freedom of expression had not been curtailed after his retirement, but his presence at an opposition rally was unacceptable.
Mr Hishammuddin's comments came after Dr Mahathir made his second appearance at the rally on Sunday, following his surprise visit one day ago.
He was accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and four bodyguards at about 4.10pm Sunday, The Star said.
He was wearing a checkered blue shirt with a hat and headed towards Central Market, where he gave an impromptu press conference.
"I am here to support the people. This is not about the Chinese or Indians or Malays. This is not about Umno, BN, PAS, DAP or whatever. This is about the feelings of the people." he said.