Do’s and Don’ts: The Bersih Rally-Goer’s Guide For All Malaysians

Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for the rally and what to do when faced with certain situations during the rally.

Supporters of pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) gather along Jalan Tun Perak in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

What to bring

  • Identity Card
  • Cash – between RM50 to RM100, small notes, for light shopping to excite small businesses along the rally route
  • Salt in small packets – to neutralize the effect of tear gas and to avoid yourself from choking should you inhale it.
  • Towel or cloth – in case sprayed with chemicals
  • Pen and Notepad – to take down policeman’s name and ID number, and questions asked by police if arrested.
  • Camera, Video Camera, Smart Phone – remember to water-proof them with a plastic bag.
  • A bottle of water or isotonic drink.
  • Some chocolate bars – to revitalise yourself if you need to run for it
  • Personal medical necessities – inhalers, diabetic medicine, insulin medicine etc.
  • Some basic first aid such as plasters
  • Powerbank – Mobile signal likely to be compromised, so the phone will chew up much more power trying to connect.
  • Goggles or safety glasses – In case you get sprayed with chemicals. Also to protect eyes in case shot with rubber bullets.
  • Wide brim hat – prevent sunburn – Remember to stay away from oil based sunscreen.

Things to do

  • Inform someone you’re attending Bersih rally – family members or friends
  • Password protect your phone.
  • Use public transport such as buses, trains, LRT, monorail – roads to the rally area could have been closed
  • Make friends with others going to Bersih by bus, train, LRT, monorail: you need teamwork, help and tips
  • Follow instructions; identify your Field Commander; move in groups.
  • Keep cool – don’t provoke police or DBKL


  • Don’t provoke police or DBKL. The worst thing is you get arrested. Lawyers are already at police stations for any early arrests.


  • Jewellery – leave your Rolex and gold bracelets at home.
  • Wallet or purse – roll up your cash and your IC with a rubber band and keep it in your front pocket.
  • Slippers or high heels
  • Sharp or dangerous objects
  • credit cards
  • Expensive watches
  • Notebook computrers
  • and whatnot.


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