300 and 100,000. Malaysiakini reporter Susan Loone or Pemaju, the association of Chinese journalists and reporters, did not say if the reporters were injured so we have to assume they are OK, at least physically. This is the first time I have heard of Pemaju but I agree with them totally: journalists should be allowed to carry out their duties and the protesters should not have threatened them.
The reporters under Pemaju can count their lucky stars, though, as the demo in Penang was small - Malaysiakini says 300 people, and police arrested seven. The two rallies in Kuala Lumpuer expected on July 9 will be many times bigger. The one in Penang was organized by NGOs upset with Lim Guan Eng while the ones in KL - by Patriot and Bersih - are not. There were no clashes between rival groups in Penang and yet, as Pemaju now attests, it was VIOLENT.
If a peaceful march of 300 people can turn so violent, as Pemaju says, think what we reporters in KL will be up to on July 9. PAS saja dah janjikan 100 ribu orang!
Journalists working on July 9, watch your backs!