"We consider this a big success because fighting for clean and fair election is not a one-day walk," Subramaniam Pillay, one of Bersih 2.0's steering committee members, told a press conference after the rally.
National laureate A Samad Said (left in photo), another committee member, said the large turnout was very significant because it took place despite the many obstacles thrown up by the authorities.
"I think this is very successful because despite two weeks of hindrances, I was very shocked to see thousands of people (joining in).
“From this perspective, the people has indeed succeeded," said the septuagenarian, who wore a Bersih 2.0 T-shirt outside his long-sleeved shirt.
Cops wrong for nabbing KJ, tooBersih 2.0 said that since the police had barred them from submitting its petition to the Agong, another appointment would be sought.
"We will make a separate appointment to submit when the police have calmed down," said K Arumugam, another member of the committee. "There is no need for another rally.”
Asked if Bersih 2.0 would call for another rally if its demands for electoral reforms are not fulfilled, Subramaniam said that the committee would have to discuss the matter when the time comes.
He said that there are other means to push for free and fair elections apart from holding demonstrations.
While condemning the arrests of Bersih 2.0 leaders and supporters, Subramaniam said that the committee were also against the arrest of Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
"Nobody should be arrested. Khairy has the same rights to associate freely. We are condemning Ambiga's arrest, we are also condemning Khairy's arrest because he as a citizen of Malaysia, has the rights to express his view in peaceful manner," said Subramaniam.
Khairy Jamaluddin had led about 500 Umno Youth members at a counter-rally near the site where Bersih 2.0 supporters are rallying.