Hishammuddin and Police should respect and uphold the YDPA intervention by full co-operation with Bersih

The Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the police should respect and uphold the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s wise and just intervention in the Bersih 2.0 impasse by full co-operation with Bersih to make the July 9 Bersih 2.0 stadium rally a peaceful and orderly one as well as end all harassment against persons for wearing Bersih T-shirt and other paraphernalia and release all such items seized in past 10 days.

Hishammuddin and the police should pay special heed to advice by the Yang di Pertuan Agong in his special statement on Sunday where 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.”

If the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice is not heeded, both Hishammuddin and the police run the risk of being regarded by large sections of Malaysians as being defiant and even disloyal to the commands of the Yang di Pertuan Agong.

This will be unprecedented and the last thing that Malaysia needs under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia concept!

The advice by the Yang di Pertuan Agong that “When any problem arises, we as a civilised society must resolve it through consultations and not follow our emotions” must always be uppermost in the minds of the authorities, particularly the Home Minister and the Police.

For this reason, Malaysians are concerned that Hishammuddin and the Police have yet to respond to the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s intervention by standing down its apparatus of repression, stop all harassment against Bersih supporters including persons wearing Bersih 2.0 T-shirts and other related paraphernalia and take positive steps to facilitate the peaceful and orderly holding of the July 9 Bersih 2.0 stadium rally.

The statement by the Prime Minister, passing the buck to the police to decide whether to proceed with its nation-wide pre-Bersih rally clampdown on supporters, is most irresponsible.

It is just not right and not in keeping with the office and responsibilities of a Prime Minister for Najib to say: “That is the police’s action. You have to ask the police” when asked if he would order the release of all those detained in connection with the rally.

Najib should know that as Prime Minister, he must always be reminded of the injunction: “The buck stops here!”

Let Hishammuddin and the police demonstrate that they are in the national forefront in respecting and upholding the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s wise and just intervention by:

(i) Release all persons detained in past 10 days in connection with the Bersih 2.0 rally for free, fair and clean elections and dropping all charges against them;

(ii) Release Sungai Siput MP Dr. Michael Jayakumar and PSM members detained under Emergency Ordinance;

(iii) Return all seized Bersih T-shirts and other related paraphernalia; and

(iv) Appointment of a senior Police Officer to liaise with Bersih to facilitate and ensure the holding of a peaceful and orderly Bersih 2.0 stadium rally on July 9.

  1. #1 by Joshua on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 10:20 am

    Only 3 days left, and can anyone wear Bersih T shirt with golden colour without problems with the Police?

    So would Bersih2.0 consider roadshows nationwide?

  2. #2 by Joshua on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 10:25 am

    who also wear Yellow?

    Don’t the Royalties wear yellow?

  3. #3 by bruno on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 10:40 am

    Since PM Najib has agreed that Bersih can have their rally inside a stadium than Bersih is no longer a banned and illegal NGO.Therefore PM Najib should do the right thing and instruct HM Hisham to release the detained civil activists.

  4. #4 by drngsc on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 10:43 am

    The authorities in this country is getting more ridiculous. How can you outlaw BERSIH 2.0 when the YDPA has recognise them. Recognise them enough to grant them an audience. Is Hishamuddin and the Police going to arrest YDPA for collaborating with an illegal party? Isn’t that ridiculous??
    Hishammudin and the Police are making fools of themselves.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya

  5. #5 by Loh on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 10:43 am

    Bersih was declared illegal and Bersih T-shirts were outlawed, would the police arrest people wearing Bersih T-shirts goint to the stadium?

  6. #6 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 11:13 am

    Good that you ask Hishammuddin & police to end persecution of Bersih supporters. I expect them to do so. After all the whoile point of exercise of the police dragnet i to stop Bersih’s public demonstration on the street. By intervention of the Yang di Pertuan Agong, the government has attained its basic objective. The raison de etre of strong arm tactics no more exists. They will likely “show” magnanimity in their “victory” and also reciprocal “respect” to the spirit of what the King said as it was this very factor that caused Bersih to stand down. Of course whether the govt will hold high level talks with Bersih to negotiate on electoral reforms is another matter, and even if it negotiates it does not mean it would agree, and even if it agrees iot does not mean it would implement! When Bersih started in the beginning to insist on public rally, it didn’t calculate sufficiently and anticipate pro govt groups would deliberately march against and offer the govt the cover and excuse to cite national security as justification to initiate police action as well as the King to intervene, which Bersih dares not disrespect.

  7. #7 by baochingtian on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 11:46 am

    Wonder Bersih leaders consult our beloved Agong wether people can wear Bersih T-shirt or yellow shirt from now on ?
    If I cannot wear Bersih shirt outside the stadium, will i be charged for having a Bersih shirt in my car or recylcled bag on the way to the stadium.
    Must I get approval for all my T-shirts bearing name of NGOs and private clubs & societies? I’m scared ~~~

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 3:57 pm

    Unbelievable Hishamuddin says Bersih is still illegal. IT was NEVER illegal. Just because he said it was, does not make it so. Now he is saying the Agung says its not he still can say it is. Simply disrespecting the Agung, the constitution and Rukunegara.

    Hishamuddin should be the one to be locked up for insulting the Agung.

  9. #9 by habis on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 4:05 pm

    Now that Bersih can hold the rally in a stadium PDRM should heed and respect OUR BELOVED RULER’S wish and not put unnecessary hindrances and impose unfair conditions.Printing yellow T-shirts,handouts and banners should be allowed and all T-shirts, leaflets, banners confiscated be returned to the owners immediately.People’s going to the rally venue not obstructed.Anyway I expect the police to set up road blocks leading to KL from out of states now.TOGETHER WE WILL PREVAIL WITH GOD’ S BLESSINGS

  10. #10 by Joshua on Wednesday, 6 July 2011 - 11:18 pm

    It is likely to be back to the streets on Saturday..

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