15 Sep Tonight 11:12 pm to 11:59 pm : 47 Minutes of Silence, PEACE for Malaysia

Posted on September 15, 2010


For the past weeks and in the run-up to the Merdeka and Malaysia Days, more
than before, the nation has been bombarded with ethno-religious noises.

These range from direct calls to expel some Malaysians, subtle references to
other Malaysians and females as “dirty”, to vulgar attack on ethnicity and
faith of fellow Malaysians.

Coinciding with the noises are the attempts to control media and suppress
rational discourse on ethno-religious relations.

Bloggers are harassed and dissenting views demonized.

Critical journalists are sacked.

The contrast of the noisy racists and the muted media is in no way

Racism and bigotry grow when citizens allow themselves to be silenced, no
longer free to speak their minds and to listen to each other.

It’s time to reclaim our nation and our freedom.

It’s time to bring home the promise that Malaysia was meant to be in 1963.

We need no colonial masters from within.

Colonial masters who are bent on controlling legitimate discourse in our
public sphere and, yet, selectively grant more space for some to vent their
racist slurs.

They say we are the silent majority.

Let us therefore show them the might of our deafening silence.

Let us all say NO to the manipulation of the media and the bigotry that is
being levelled at us .

Let us show them our determination for fraternity through freedom.

Let us, through our silence, beat their bigotry.


47 Minutes of Silence, Peace for Malaysia
Posted by Haris Ibrahim September 14, 2010

Date: 15.9.2010 (Wed)
Time: 11pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Car Park

Dressing: Please wear black shirt/T-Shirt

Please bring along material for reading/ writing/ drawing etc

Please encourage family members/ friends to attend.

For details call Jaya at 012-3894570 or e-mail Chin Huat at


Kuala Lumpur will see a flurry of activity this Thursday as the nation celebrates Malaysia Day as a national holiday for the first time since Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore formed Malaysia in 1963.

Three NGOs – Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM), the KLSCAH civil rights committee and Malaysians for Beng Hock – will kick off the event on the eve of Malaysia Day with ’47 Minutes of Silence – Peace for Malaysia’ at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall tomorrow night.

In a statement, supported by 53 other NGOs and one political party, the organisers said the event, which is open to the public, will be a symbolic show of unity by the “silent majority” of Malaysians seeking to reclaim the promise of “fraternity and freedom” that was embodied by the formation of Malaysia.

The group will assemble at 11pm, and the 47 minutes of silence will start at 11.12pm till 11.59pm capped by the singing of the national anthem when the clock strikes 12am.