I’ll wear yellow baju raya

by Mohd Syahir Sulaiman
The Malaysian Insider
Jun 30, 2011

JUNE 30 — Semakin lara kita didera bara, kita laungkan juga pesan merdeka, demokrasi sebenderang mentari, sehasrat hajat semurni harga diri — A. Samad Said.

Yellow symbolises wisdom.

July 9th is just around the corner, and talks get heated up in every corner, from Facebook urbanites to long house foyers. Thanks to RTM and Utusan for the free publicity.

People may differ. However, one thing in certain, all eyes are set on the upcoming saga.

Suhakam, as a custodian of human rights in Malaysia, calls on the authorities to allow the planned peaceful assemblies to be held, and on the parties intending to hold these assemblies to exercise their rights in a peaceful and responsible manner. Yet, we hear the “threat to national security” excuse to cordon the march.

“The gathering would not only disturb the peace but also cause traffic chaos”, a senior police officer was quoted.

Yet, you have KL folks stranded in traffic jams following days of rehearsal and actual parade at Dataran Merdeka. I am one of them, stranded at Jalan Loke Yew while listening to the radio morning show. As a responsible citizen, we do not complain. And please, no road-block rehearsal prior to July 9th.

“Democracy attracts FDIs. Freedom attracts tourists.” Then one says, “Investors will shy away because of the domestic chaos”. Well, investors are smart enough in assessing the investment viability, political transparency being the key.

“Organisers of the Bersih 2.0 rally should consider the effects such an event will have on traders and consumers along the route of its march”, a minister said.

A Bersih spokesperson then assured, “At least RM30 million of cashflow will be generated within the 3 hours march, counting on possible 300,000 participants with cash in pocket of RM100 each.” Adding-up the ticketing revenue accrued by PLUS, MAS, AirAsia, KTMB and bus operators over the weekend, let’s get PEMANDU to bring their spreadsheet.

Demonstration is un-Islamic? Not part of Malay culture? Yet, Muslim scholars noted, “It is obligatory upon every Muslim to support whatever actions, words or stand taken in defence of truth”, plus “It is forbidden for the demonstrators or police to provoke anyone, resulting in riots. The police should realise that the demands are good for the country and not only for the betterment of the people but also the police”, as well “Many were imprisoned as a result of their criticisms against authorities of their time. We are the inheritors of this tradition, which provides today’s Muslims with a storehouse of democratic ideas”.

William E. Simon famously quoted, “Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote”.

I then find no excuse for me not to support BERSIH 2.0 Walk For Democracy. It calls for 8 immediate demands, namely

1) Clean the electoral roll

2) Reform postal ballots

3) Use of indelible ink

4) Minimum 21 days campaign period

5) Free and fair access to media

6) Strengthen public institutions

7) Stop corruption

8) Stop dirty politics.

SUHAKAM, in its statement reiterates that “it is the right of members of the public to assemble and to express their views in a peaceful manner, as provided under Article 10(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution, as well as Article 20(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).”

Still, wearing a yellow shirt is an offence in this country, at least until July 9th.

Nevertheless, yellow is the colour of preference for my baju raya this year. Hopefully, I won’t be arrested while carrying my kids, wearing yellow baju melayu complete with sampin and songkok, in queue for duit raya and ketupat, at the raya open house organised by our Pak Menteri. My intention is sincere, only to shake hands with my democratic leader.

A courtesy visit, that is.

* Mohd Syahir Sulaiman, and his two kids, perceive yellow symbolises wisdom. He advocates Negara Berkebajikan.

  1. #1 by baochingtian on Friday, 1 July 2011 - 8:28 am

    ”July 9th is just around the corner, and talks get heated up in every corner, from Facebook urbanites to long house foyers.” – hope the news does spread to the long houses and village folks. I talked to my folks in kampongs nvm whic political party is better, but we sure can’t vote for the govt that has robbed all our money and abuse all the powers. We can’t vote for a govt that collects 20 sen more from per kg of groceries from every rakyat when the PM n DPM spent RM160,000 for electricity and RM33,000 for water bill every month for the official residences. Polis also came into political agenda when they resort to seeking court order to stop state function which is beneficial to the people of the state. These baka r taking away hak rakyat!

  2. #2 by k1980 on Friday, 1 July 2011 - 9:12 am

    //the PM n DPM spent RM160,000 for electricity and RM33,000 for water bill every month //

    From now on, I am going to whack anyone who pleads for a green lifestyle, recycling or no-more-plastic-bags. RM33,000 water usage a month is equivalent to the usage by 3,300 ordinary families. How on earth can 1 person use the amount of water which is used by 3,300 families in a month? He should be arrested for wasting water!

  3. #3 by wanderer on Friday, 1 July 2011 - 9:36 am

    I wear my yellow underwear with a logo printed at the back and Pink lip’s nostril sniffing my butt! Remember, I am the elecorate and your boss!…UMNO chief.

  4. #4 by tak tahan on Friday, 1 July 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Good la..and try not to pangsai for three days like saihole and fart as hard into the pink lip’ nostril.
    Ok as for now i’ll wear yellow shirt and to fetch my nephews back from school.Chau..

  5. #5 by baochingtian on Friday, 1 July 2011 - 12:08 pm

    A Samad Said reminds me of the TV series about the patriotic hero (Sung Jiang) in All Men Are Brothers. Sung Jiang wrote a patriotic poem and was interpreted as going against the country and hence the Emperor. He made endless efforts to make peace with the emperor thinking it wud be a better option for his people. He succeeded. He led his finest army and contributed a lot to the country but nevertheless, the evils triumphed over good, many of his people died in the battles and the patriotic hero Sung Jiang was not spared either. He died in the hands of the goons n nerds surrounding the ineffective Emperor. (T_T)

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