Thursday, June 09, 2005


Amid reports of what has been roundly dubbed a "slow start," yours truly can confirm that the proposed "stayaway" has flopped. This from my trusted friend whom we've heard from before:

"I went to work today. Kombis (minibuses) were operating as usual and people were moving around unrestricted. I'm sure we're all going to go work tomorrow.

The thing is people are afraid. People don't want to stay away from work because if they do, then they'll be sacked. With all the threats from the police and government, we're well aware that we might charged with inciting disorder. So no one wants to be the first one.

The other thing is that they picked a wrong day for the stayaway. Parliament was opening today so off course they had heavy police presence in the city.

I too was hoping that people will stand up because the situation here is beyond unbearable. Now I don't know what's going to happen in the future because we are suffering."
We'll keep a close on eye on this and hope for better turnout tomorrow.

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