The day when the people rise up: July 9

By Kim Quek
July 07, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

JULY 7 — That’s it! Bersih finally has had enough of the treacherous conduct of a shameless government which has lost all sense of decency!

In a firmly worded statement released late last night, Bersih effectively said “come what may, we will have our rally at the Stadium Merdeka on July 9 at 2 pm!”.

This is Bersih’s final answer to a battery of ridiculous obstructions, warnings and excuses put up by the Najib government to obstruct a Bersih rally in the stadium.

This is despite Bersih having made a major concession to shift the rally from the streets to a stadium under the unprecedented intervention of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and after Prime Minister Najib Razak’s offer of a suitable stadium for the purpose.

And the 360 degree turn by Najib and his government happened within one day!

Impasse resolved under auspices of Agong

It was only on Tuesday (July 5) afternoon that Bersih had an audience with the Agong during which it accepted the government’s rally-in-stadium offer to resolve the tense impasse between Bersih and the Najib government, during which an obviously panic-stricken government went on a rampage to make wanton arrests to deter an anticipated massive street rally.

Upon Bersih’s announcement to stay off the streets, Najib immediately expressed readiness to meet Bersih over a suitable stadium for the purpose.

The next day, Wednesday July 6, Bersih indicated it wanted the event to be held at Stadium Merdeka due to its historical significance and central location. Bersih further said that it had ascertained the stadium’s availability on July 9, as a scheduled concert had been cancelled.

But Umno Youth immediately said: “We reject Stadium Merdeka for Bersih. It is not a place for political gathering. Do it in a Pakatan Rakyat controlled state.”

This was followed by the stadium management’s rejection of Bersih on blatantly false excuses of “internal management sports event” and “renovation”.

What did the Prime Minister, who had earlier suggested and agreed to the rally-in-stadium proposal, have to say about the rally in Stadium Merdeka?

He said it was up to the authorities in charge of such matters to act in accordance with requirements of security and safety.

He emphasised however that “permission would only be given to organizations that are registered, but Bersih has never been registerd, it is an illegal organization”. He gave no indication whether approval to use the stadium would be forthcoming.

Then, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who had earlier declared Bersih illegal, made the shocking and puzzling announcement that Bersih is still illegal, despite the impasse being resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Prime Minister, mediated by His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Hishammuddin said:

“They are still banned. Nobody can put themselves over the law. Just because Tuanku met them, doesn’t mean they are no longer illegal”.

However, despite the alleged illegality, Hishammuddin made the curious statement that Bersih could still apply to the police for a permit to hold the rally, but gave no assurance that a permit would be given.

Bersih is betrayed

Finally, Bersih’s door to a stadium rally in Kuala Lumpur was shut when Information and Culture Minister Rais Yatim announced that the Cabinet has decided to bar Bersih from holding its rally in any of the stadiums in the Kuala Lumpur area. Rais suggested that Bersih could hold its rally in a Pakatan Rakyat controlled state.

Meanwhile, police crackdown on Bersih supporters continues unabated, arresting any one seen wearing yellow shirts or any paraphernalia linked to Bersih. So far, there have been more than two hundred arrests, including members of parliament and state legislative assemblymen. Some are being charged in court, and some are detained under the draconian Emergence Ordinance which provides for indefinite detention without trial, which has been traditionally used against vice criminals.

Ministers and police have warned that even when a stadium rally is approved, anyone wearing anything suggesting support for Bersih including the yellow T shirts will be arrested.

Legal nonsense

So, Bersih was played out!

It gave up the street rally out of respect for His Majesty and in compliance with the PM’s wishes; but in return, it was denied a stadium for rally, and its supporters continue to be hunted down and persecuted like criminals through massive abuse of police power under fallacious legality.

Hishammuddin claimed that Bersih is illegal because it is not registered with the Registrar of Society, and hence any article or any activities promoting Bersih is also illegal, hence the mass arrest.

But this is pure legal nonsense.

Bersih is a temporary and loose grouping of registered NGOs (62 in nos. at this moment) who have come together for the specific task of pursuing electoral reforms. If these NGOs are by themselves legally registered bodies, how can they become illegal just because they have joined forces to pursue a transient objective? If Bersih is decreed illegal, then all the NGOs in this group must also be deemed illegal. So are the members that belong to these respective NGOs.

By extension, any grouping of registered bodies who have joined forces to pursue any joint objective must also be considered illegal, including the opposition alliance of Pakatan Rakyat, which consists of PKR, PAS & DAP.

Why hasn’t Hishammuddin banned Pakatan Rakyat, and decreed their joint pursuits as also illegal?

Can Hishammuddin explain the strangest logic ever known — as reflected in the police arresting individuals bearing symbols of Bersih, when the organisation itself was sanctioned by the PM through the offer of a stadium to conduct its function?

Isn’t the entire Barisan Nasional government — PM, cabinet, police and judiciary — making a fool of themselves by crucifying and persecuting a well-meaning civil society movement on the premise of a fictitious law?

Greatest disrespect to Agong

By insisting that Bersih is an outlaw, after it has reached a settlement with the PM under the auspices of His Majesty, hasn’t Hishammuddin shown the greatest disrespect to the two highest leaders of the country?

And hasn’t PM in turn made a mockery of His Majesty’s gracious effort to bring reconciliation and good sense by failing to keep his end of the bargain to allow Bersih to hold its rally in peace?

In the midst of such treasonous conduct from our leaders, we wish to congratulate Bersih for its courage and determination to do what is right. In its statement signed by all the 14 members of its steering committee last night, it said:

“As members of civil society that are committed to principles of integrity, we fully intend to abide by the advice of Tuanjku DYMM SPB YDP Agong and hold our gathering in a stadium to state our demand for clean and fair elections.

“Whether or not the government abides by their principles, we the Malaysian people will always uphold ours. Our determination to exercise our constitutional right to gather peacefully for a just and reasonable cause is unwavering.”

Now that Bersih has conducted itself with honour, we the people must respond likewise. It is about time that we stand up to reclaim what is due to us – our liberty and dignity and our right to determine our future, as enshrined in the Constituion.

Let everyone come out wearing yellow, and let the traitors be swarmed and drowned by a sea of yellow in Kuala Lumpur on that day.

Let July 9 be remembered in generations to come as the day when Malaysians finally rise up to reclaim their motherland from the grip of a tyrannical power.

  1. #1 by raven77 on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - 10:49 pm

    The army should step in and put the police in jails…..

    We have to save this country…we saved it from the Japs, the Communists, now we have to save it from UMNO…

  2. #2 by voice2009 on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - 11:46 pm

    Later Life & Death
    In 1977, Tunku Abdul Rahman became the chairman of The Star, a newspaper which was banned in 1987 by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad because of its provoking columns that were harshly critical of the Malaysia’s government. Following a rift with in UMNO, he unsuccessfully tried to establish a new party UMNO Malaysia. In the general election of 1990,Tunku Abdul Rahman actively participated and widely campaigned against Mahathir Mohamad despite his worsening health. He died on 6 December 1990, aged eighty seven and his body was buried at the Langgar Royal Mausoleum in Alor Star.

    Despite of Tunku Abdul Rahman worsening health in 1990 he standup to fight against the corrupted politician regime till his last day trying to save Malaysia.

    Now, it is the time for Malaysians answer the call

    Wake up and standup as one

    If Philippine boleh

    If Thailand boleh

    If Middle-east boleh

    Why cant Malaysia Boleh?

    Standup in the name of AGONG

    Standup in the name of our independent father Tunku Abdul Rahman

    Standup in the name of Malaysians

    Standup to betterment Malaysia future and next generation


  3. #3 by isahbiazhar on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - 11:59 pm

    It is unthinkable that Najib and Hishamuddin can be political gangsters.They are out to kill the opposition.They have made a grave mistake and the uprising will go into history because of these two leaders.The uprising depends on the people and the number who want to be “slaughtered in the name of justice”.Najib will run off and Hishamuddin will have his army helicopter standby.They are cowards after creating all this messs.We will know who will be our next leader.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 4:35 am

    It just occured to me – Najib may be going to the UK because he does not intend to come back??

  5. #5 by bruno on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 6:00 am

    People,Najib is already a lame duck.The warring factions in Umno has already rendered him totally helpless and irrelevant.Lets take a look back at events thats happened these last few weeks.Look at the gimmicks of Abrahim Ali and Perkasa.What action has Najib took.Totally nothing.Look at Umno youth sending out 600 rowdy gangster mat rempits.They threatened the lives of rally organisers.Then they threatened to burn down PKR HQ.Are these acts of terrorism.

    How come 600 terrorists are allowed to run loose in a democratic country.In Iraq and Afghanistan they would be shot dead already.And the beauty is there are still running loose.What did Najib do.Pratically nothing.How come Najib is sitting on his hands.Because the factions have his marbles in their hands.

    If Najib has control over Umno all this wouldn’t be happening.The factions has control over Najib.There are some cards the factions haven’t dealt yet.Once they are dealt out in the open Najib has no place to hide.The faction which has the strong hands are aligned to Dr M and Muhyidin.These are the people we have to watch out for.

  6. #6 by dagen on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 8:12 am


    We are making history people!

  7. #7 by avatar6119 on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 9:00 am

    Quoting from the movie “V for Vendetta”. People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

  8. #8 by Not spoon fed on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 9:12 am

    Pakatan members (politicians) should not join the rally now because the Polis Malaysia has not got court order. Let rakyat decides not the Pakatan politicans who are MP and ADUN.

    Please respect court order.

    Please go to the ground works:
    1. The rural people of Sarawak and Sabah do not have computer and do not know the corruption of their BN leaders.

    2. For Sarawak, pls use overhead projector or printed out the billion property owned by Taib & his cronies to show at each long house.

    3. Aggressive showing proof of corruption of BN via open seminars/talks (ceramah) in 5 Pakatan States and others states are more urgent than violating present civil laws and go to fail.

    If you go to jail without trial, you would lose the chance to contest again. Right?

    So, please focus on chaning the tenants of Putrajayais more important than violating civil laws yourself.

  9. #9 by wanderer on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 9:23 am

    Let the Kotor jerks do what they have to do. Let Bersih be resolute and do what we MUST do!!…time for alking and be graceful is well over. I have returned!… ready, willing and able….

  10. #10 by k1980 on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 9:53 am

    The only way Bersih can march on 9th July is to wear umno T-shirts with the words “Undilah BN” and carry umno party flags. Then the police will pass on refreshments and drinks to the marchers along the route.

  11. #11 by pulau_sibu on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 11:13 am

    Time for Khairy to overthrow the old and useless UMNO. His era may come if he joins Bersih in brushing off UMNO

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 12:53 pm

    ///Let everyone come out wearing yellow, and let the traitors be swarmed and drowned by a sea of yellow in Kuala Lumpur on that day.///

    Ok tomorrow I’ll take my swimming goggle and yellow raincoat along and take an LRT down if its not stopped. But first tell me the time and where to meet you. Which stadium? Merdeka Stadium or the Shah Alam one proposed by S’gor MB? Will any one of any importance be there to address and lead the rally or will they stay or home or get arrested per restricted order?

  13. #13 by drngsc on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 2:01 pm


    Thank God some good sense has prevailed.

    Welldone, Ambiga. It was tough, but you got it done.

    Come out Malaysians. lets do it for a better Malaysia,
    Lets do it FOR KING AND COUNTRY.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya

  14. #14 by wanderer on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 3:36 pm


    You are slow my friend and yet to learn, never to trust peeled dicks in UMNO!

  15. #15 by drngsc on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 3:59 pm


    You are right. My apologies. I now read that their application have been rejected.
    I dont know.
    We are BERSIH, they are BERSERK. Who shall we believe.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya.

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