Bersih 2.0 rally – a basketful of faux pas by BN Government, before during after and still ongoing!

If someone had been assigned beforehand to a special task to script the worst-possible scenarios for the Najib administration in relation to the July 9 Bersih 2.0 peaceful rally for fair and free elections, nobody could be so creative as to pre-plan the basketful of faux pas committed by the Barisan Nasional government before, during and after “709” and still ongoing.


The basketful of faux pax before 709 included:

1. Arbitrary declaration of Bersih 2.0 as unlawful.

2. Ban on Bersih T-shirts and paraphernalia, to include even yellow T-shirts, coupled with indiscriminate arrests.

3. Police and government disrespect to the Yang di Pertuan Agong who had met with Bersih 2.0 leaders and suggested a compromise of a stadium rally instead of a march – accepted by Bersih 2.0 but reneged by the authorities.

4. Police roadblocks causing infernal traffic congestions in and out of Kuala Lumpur and police lockdown of the federal capital on 709, alienating the general public.

5. Intemperate, extremist threats of counter-demonstrations and racial riots, even another May 13 by Umno Youth and Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali.

6. Abuse of court process in securing an ex parte injunction to ban 91 Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat leaders and activists from key areas in KL on 709.

7. Baseless invective and vicious campaign to demonise Bersih leaders, particularly Bersih Chairperson S. Ambiga, with wild and reckless charges to incite religious and racial hatred and tension.

8. Daily incitement of hate and campaign of lies by BN msm, both printed and electronic, particularly Utusan Malaysia.

9. Gross abuse of power in the arrest of PSM MP Dr. Michael Jeyakumar and other PSM activists first on the ridiculous charges of “waging war against the Agong” and “reviving communism” and later on EO detention-without-trial for being Bersih activists.

10. Refusal/failure of the Election Commission to respond to Bersih 2.0’s eight demands for free, fair and clean elections.


1. High-handed police action of mass arrests and individual cases of police violence and brutality.

2. Causing death of Baharuddin Ahmad.

3. Criminal police landrover ramming of PAS Deputy President Mat Sabu on motor-bike.

4. Reckless and indiscriminate firing of tear gas without notice and into KL sentral tunnel – an enclosed space – heedless of the safety of the Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat leaders and the public.

5. Wanton and criminal firing of tear gas and chemically-laced water cannon into Tung Shin Hospital grounds.


1. Najib’s fire-breathing speech to 6,000 UMNO leaders the morning after 709.

2. Further plunge in public credibility with police and Umno leaders disputing that 50,000 people had gathered in support of Bersih 2.0 rally, with IGP claiming that it was only 6,000, upped to 10,000 by Hishammuddin with Najib later topping it to 15,000 in London!

3. Denial of responsibility for gross mishandling of 709 Bersih 2.0 rally, in particular denial of police brutality and violence and unwarranted tear gas and water cannon attacks at Tung Shih Hospital (by Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai) and KL sentral tunnel despite mountain of evidence whether eye-witnesses or video.

4. Warning by the Deputy Finance Minister, Awang Adek that Bank Negara could freeze the assets of Bersih leaders.

5. Censorship of Economist article ““Taken to the cleaners — an overzealous government response to an opposition rally”.

6. Continued BN msm campaign of lies and falsehoods about imaginary “ghosts” and “foes” to the extent that the Prime Minister’s Department had to issue a rare statement directed to the foreign media only distancing itself from Utusan’s preposterous Bersih-Jewish link to topple the BN government – which also illustrates the impotence of the PM and UMNO President to exercise check and control over Utusan, UMNO official organ .

How is it possible for any government to commit such a basketful of faux pas before, during and after the 709 Bersih 2.0 peaceful rally?

As a result, the overseas visit of the Prime Minister to the United Kingdom, the Vatican and France has proved to be quite a disaster with the Prime Minister pursued by the international media over the government’s mishandling of the Bersih 2.0 rally.

Is Najib capable of finding out why he and his government had gone so seriously wrong in grossly mishandling the Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections, causing one faux pax after another and to rectify all these mistakes?

Can Najib and the BN Ministers ever understand that Bersih 2.0 rally was an exquisite and precious national experience where Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region, class, age or gender came together as one Malaysian people bonded by love for the country and a common cause for a just and clean Malaysia – which no amount of flag distribution by Ministers as decided by the Cabinet yesterday can ever duplicate?

It is not too late for Najib to embrace Bersih 2.0 meaning and experience of uniting all Malaysians in a common cause for justice and a clean Malaysia and save his 1Malaysia slogan but he must act fast.

Najib should retire all those responsible for the basketful of faux pax before, during and aftter the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally and as earnest of his seriousness to embrace Bersih 2.0, his first announcement on his return from his overseas trip must include the following:

• Lifting the ban on Bersih 2.0 and end the BN’s ridiculous xanthophobia and xanthomania (fear and mania over yellow);

• Royal Commission of Inquiry into free, fair and cleans elections to reform the electoral system in time for 13th General Elections;

• Immediate and unconditional release of the PSM6 under EO; and

• Royal Commission of Inquiry into police excesses over the Bersih 2.0 rally.

  1. #1 by dagen on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Sorry diversion.

    Got this from RPK’s site.

    /// According to the UK’s Mail newspaper an ‘anonymous Malaysian businessman’ has purchased a yacht priced at £3 BILLION pounds. This amounts to nearly $5 BILLION dollars and indeed RM14.5 BILLION !
    The purchaser of this record-busting toy is clearly reluctant to answer questions such as: How much tax have you paid? How much have you contributed to helping alleviate poverty? Or, indeed, how did you earn so much money in the first place? So, they have remained anonymous.

    But, we can deduce that they have an amazing level of wealth and that they think an appropriate way to spend it is towards their occasional gratification when enjoying a yacht trip. Given the poverty of so many people in Malaysia and also the questions over how Malaysia’s natural wealth in terms of oil and timber have been requisitioned and distributed, it is a shocking judgement for a rich person to make.

    If you want to enjoy an occasional sea picnic does your boat really have to be a gold-plated, platinum-line yacht ? Might there not be another more worthy recipient for such money and might it not be more gratifying to use such wealth to benefit your community?

    In this case, the multi-billionaire clearly thought not. So, could those who are well-known to be super-wealthy Malaysians start by denying that they are not the owners of this ridiculous extravagance, so that their fellow people can begin to work out who this utterly selfish and unhappy individual might be? ///

  2. #2 by k1980 on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Is that yacht in selangor? Then Kikir Toyol the Javanese immigrant will demand that its owner sells it to him for RM3,000.00, or else……

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 1:52 pm

    For that kind of money, he could have bought an aircraft carrier plus some jets and donated it to the country.

    But no. Life is very short.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 1:54 pm

    When a government is mabok, it does a lot of stupid things.

    Problem is they keep on drinking.

  5. #5 by maalizi_zimbab on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Re the govt’s mishandling of Bersih before and after:

    PM is leader of the country in name only, as proven by Badawi. Current PM and HM are more in awe of the Police than they are in control of it. DPM is not saying nor doing anything to make PM look good. Acting PM (the M in PM’s Dept) does not know what he’s saying or doing other than to wag his finger and act tough. There are hidden hands or dalang with no official government nor ministerial positions that are charting the course in which this country is headed. And now there’s a conspiracy within UMNO to make Jibby look bad and get him out. Just like Badawi was made to look bad.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Thursday, 21 July 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Such faux pas will frighten away foreign investors giving them the impression that Malaysia is a die-hard despotic state.

  7. #7 by nkkhoo on Friday, 22 July 2011 - 6:01 am

    Royal Commission of Inquiry into free, fair and cleans elections to reform the electoral system in time for 13th General Elections;


    Another cartoon show if you want another RC for Teoh Beng Hock.

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Saturday, 23 July 2011 - 1:33 am

    Cuckoo clock:Cuckoo!Cuckoo!Hahaha..Kakaka..Khookhookhoo

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