Pakatan Rakyat leadership council emergency meeting on Wednesday on Bersih 2.0 rally and current national political situation

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday on the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally for free, fair and clean elections and the current national political situation.

The PR leadership council will discuss the wise and commendable counsel of the Yang di Pertuan Agong. I am most impressed by the advice of the King particularly when he said:

“I also urge the government to carry out everything that is entrusted to it by the people in a just and wise manner, and it is important that I, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, do not want to see this country with a plural society in a situation where there is animosity among them or a section of the people being enemies with the government, on whatever grounds.”

The Bersih 2.0 plan to have a peaceful rally on July 9 calling for free, fair and clean elections, which has the support of Malaysians transcending race, religion, class, gender and age, would be a celebration of the growing democratic spirit and culture in Malaysia and the best illustration of the 1Malaysia slogan of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Bersih 2.0 rally is never meant to be a threat to any race, religion, class, gender or age and a “just and wise” government would never have allowed the situation to degenerate and descend into a national hysteria with the Home Minister and the Police fighting imaginary enemies and non-issues, like the revival of communism, the creation of a Christian Malaysia or funding and subversion by foreign powers.

Up to now some 200 arrests had been made based on the most implausible and unjustifiable grounds, like wearing Bersih 2.0 T-shirts and even for sporting yellow T-shirts.

The Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice is most timely and appropriate to end this bout of “madness” which the nation and all the major protagonists have reason to be very ashamed about.

It is not Bersih 2.0 which threaten breach of peace but organisations like Perkasa and Umno Youth – yet it is Bersih 2.0 which is the target of the massive crackdown in the past week while Perkasa and Umno Youth enjoy immunity and impunity for their most incendiary, inflammatory and seditious threats and provocations.

It is sad and tragic that one of the greatest casualties of the recent “madness” is public confidence in the independence, integrity, professionalism of the Police as impartial guardians of law and order – as the ordinary police rank-and-file had been forced to implement orders which every ordinary policeman knows is wrong and unjust, like arresting people for wearing Bersih 2.0 T shirts or even worse, for wearing yellow T shirts!

Is it possible for the Home Minister and the Police to convince Malaysians that they are “just and wise” to act even-handedly, especially acting against the recent culprits responsible for engineering “animosity” among Malaysians?

Reason and good sense must return and prevail!

  1. #1 by voice2009 on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 6:14 pm

    BERSIH is different from the other two rally

    BERSIH consent better Malaysia future and next generation

    The other two is not about betterment of Malaysia

    BERSIH is consent about the Malaysia future and Malaysians all across races So it is the consent to AGONG too

    The other two is none but interest of the corrupted polticians only

  2. #2 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 6:24 pm

    YDP Agong’s advice is commendable.

    A pertinent question arises: can the YDP Agong now step into the political arena to advise all parties on electoral reforms?


    If the YDP Agong is above politics, how can it help to resolve the current flagrant electoral abuses?

    What did YDP Agong say in those years, especially in recent months, such as in the Sarawak elections and Sabah and other by-elections where Najib said: Vote for me and come collect the cheques on Monday, to paraphrase.


  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 6:28 pm

    Oh, I wish the YDP Agong can also help secure the swift and early release of the Teoh Beng Hock’s RCI.

    The Rakyat would be thankful to HRH.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 6:45 pm

    My view is for PR is STAY OUT OF IT..Let Bersih go ahead to meet the Agung or Najib..Just get ready for Victory Party in Bukit Jalil to ROCK that will shake the grounds ALL THE WAY TO PUTRAJAYA..

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 7:09 pm

    Ya lah, BERSIH 2.0 is not PR, don’t campur mah, BERSIH 2.0 invovles all rakyat (no political string/cable) who want a clean n fair election system in M’sia

  6. #6 by vsp on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 9:51 pm

    Normally the Agong would not intervened in the normal day-to-day administration of the government but due to incompetency of the government by making matters worst, it’s incumbent for the Agong to step in.

    The fact that the Agong has to intervene proves that the present government could not handle problems by dialogue but instead has to resort to incendiarism and Hitlerian methods to force its will upon the citizens. Clamour for electoral reforms had been ongoing for years but the government has been adamant, knowing that fair elections would be the death knell to its existence.

    But now with the Agong’s directive for talks, this a godsend to Bersih to have official Royal support for electoral reforms. The government cannot be wishy-washy in its response to the people’s wishes. Direct talk is better than going to a stadium as belatedly suggested by Najib. Najib is caught with his pants down because the government has always avoided direct talks for years. As some misinformed commentators have suggested this is a face-saving exercise for Bersih, I don’t think so. This is an excellent opportunity for Bersih to trash out matters. Bersih has to insist that the government be serious on this matter. The government cannot put words into the EC mouth and refuse to meet face-to-face with Bersih. Bersih should insist on a high-level meeting.

    The people is watching the sincerity of the government. Meanwhile, it is incumbent for the government to release all those it has illegally arrested. Utusan Melayu and Perkasa should stop their incendiarism. And Mahathir Mohammad should stop stirring up the sh*t.

    Go for it, Bersih. The option for a big rally should still be on should the government be devious in its talks.

  7. #7 by c730427 on Monday, 4 July 2011 - 10:48 pm

    Umno n Perkasa may think that their action is wise and heroic to defend the Malay rights. However, they have forgotten that there are many young Malay adults are pissed off and ashamed of Ibrahim’s remarks to insult the Rakyat’s needs for Bersih 2.0.

    We Malays need wise leadership, not narrow minded and moronic heroes like Ibrahim. He talks so loud about protecting the interest of Islam but what he is doing is un-Islamic.

    How can we Malays progress and do well together with other races? How can we Malays be seen as a race that is mature and has the ability to drive our nation with minorities to higher ground?

    Do you know that all of our Malay prime ministers have foreign blood origins? From Jawanese, Turkish and Indian blood in their souls, we Malays are must break away from the narrow minded if we wanted to progress!

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