A Yellow Mellow tomorrow

an instant poem to be shared quite urgently
by Azly Rahman

I told you already
of the fate of this country
that has moved so fast
and now we have another BERSIH rally
yellow mellow what will it be like tomorrow?
we all won’t know until we wear yellow

I have advised the country already
to go to the national square and treat it like a samba party
why aggravate the authorities when they too wish to join in the party?
they are all lonely and want to be clean and happy
in their hearts they powers that be want to be corrupt-free

what then must we do
for a yellow mellow hot potato tomorrow?
i am into cultural parties and and sports events aplenty
so– BERSIH people let us do things differently

wake up very early
brush your teeth and eat capati and mutton curry
get your yellow mellow -shirt and hide it in your bag together with your Rolling Stones CD
out of the house you shall march and march and march quietly
march and march on your own quietly to the station LRT
don’t let anybody see your yellow tee and your lunch pack of mutton curry
the authorities will want some of it but don’t give your capati to anybody

ride the LRT quietly
when folks ask you where you’re going
tell them you’re visiting a sick auntie
a white clean lie goes well with the spirit of a BERSIH rally

when you reach your destiny .. opps .. destination i mean seriously
wait till you see people suspiciously carrying a backpack of capati and mutton curry
these are your brothers and sisters in arms and legs and limbs aplenty

when all eyes locked in unspoken camaraderie
jump up and down and sing hip hip hooray and do a bit of funky chicken dance to release some BERSIH energy or the Africans call it honoring the “good chi”

mind you folks the authorities don’t want you to march or rally
especially if you still have that capati and a plastic bag of mutton curry

but here is what the organizers can do to make it a smooth sailing sit-in party …

Now take your yellow mellow hot potato tee
wear it with pride and unquestionable dignity
it might smell a bit of capati and mutton curry — but what me worry?

get in groups of twenty
we will have a three-hour sports and cultural party
do the samba
dance the rhumba
sing “honga honga”
do the tai chi
put away the capati
do the yoga
wear a yellow toga
perform the malay silat
be careful of the flying lalats
do the breakdance
make sure those over sixty just sit and watch quietly if they can
sing the acapella
singing praises of the global listing of FELDA
dance the zapin
remember it doesn’t go with the songs of led zeppelin
ahhaa .. don’t forget the dance poco-poco
banned in perlis and 13 states more to go …
this is the time in this yellow mellow sports and cultural sit-in rodeo
for those poor perlis folks to overdose on the poco-poco
those with a guitar or a sitar or an avatar of the sitar and sitar
sing the blues and the jazz tunes praising the beauty of Perak’s left and right bota
johoreans can sing the ghazal
accompanied by PERKASA performers from silat pulut sambal
pahang folks can do the joget pahang
dancers imported from telok bahang
i’d like to join the indian classical dancers
the bharat nadyam i think is a cool dance that provides life’s difficult answers
ahhha … we must not forget the shaolin dance
inspired by ancient chinese buddhist monks always in trance
yellow mellow kung fu hot potatoes
— not that’s a shaolin training laced with “Ohm-mi-to-fu” as verses fit for budding Shaolin heroes

i can go on and on and on and on
suggesting how a yellow mellow clean rally can be Malaysia’s open big samba party
so big that both the proper and improper authorities can see the beauty and possibilities of a peaceful rally
even the world’s royalty can join in the yellow party
since they wear yellow outfit daily
they will save on BERSIH yellow tee …

Malaysians I honor and respect thee
Rallies need not be ugly
Sit-ins need not be a time to get angry
A regime change is a possibility in any democracy
A gentlemanly and lady-like act to relinquish power held for centuries
Deep in the heart of any regime
is the cry to repent from all its sins
and to take a break from doing the work of devils and djinns

Yellow mellow hot potatoes
Yellow mellow sweet potatoes
We shall all see a better tomorrow

Adios amigoes …

DR AZLY RAHMAN, who was born in Singapore and grew up in Johor Baru, holds a Columbia University (New York) doctorate in International Education Development and Master’s degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication. He has taught more than 40 courses in six different departments and has written more than 400 analyses on Malaysia. His teaching experience spans Malaysia and the United States, over a wide range of subjects from elementary to graduate education. He currently resides in the United States.

  1. #1 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 5:19 pm

    Ok show over for you perkasa. Go. Reclaim your fake explosives ‘recovered’ by the police from daya bumi.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 6:24 pm

    But civil rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has condemned police action, saying it showed “contempt for basic rights and freedoms.”

    “Despite all the talk of ‘reform’ over the past year, we’re seeing a repeat of repressive actions by a government that does not hesitate to use force when it feels its prerogatives are challenged,” its Asia deputy director Phil Robertson said.

  3. #3 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 7:18 pm

    Right from early morning 7 am onwards to 2.30-3 pm there was no untoward incidence. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is correct to say “police acted with utmost restraint and efficiently.” It was peaceful gathering of thousands, in a 1 Malaysia multiracial way albeit of a ‘carnival’ scene and it would have been great had it not been marred by a terrible ending of PDRM’s firing tear gas canisters ‘ chemical-laced water at various places in Tun Perak, Jamek followed by fracas & hostile reaction from protestors, who throw shoes and objects at them (Windows of two cars were smashed) etc. This is large sections of the crowd had refused to disperse after the “carnival” officially declared ended by Chairperson Ambiga at 2.30pm .

  4. #4 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Both sides have much to learn in organizing –dispersing- such a mega event. Thousands around Dataran simply did not know that Bersih had already declared the sit in ended and to disperse. Bersih’s instructions to supporters not to breach the police barricade surrounding Dataran Merdeka – that’s the understanding – was itself breached by protesters when they removed barb barricades & entered into Dataran! Police authorities also panicked, so they did what they did to try disperse the thousands to return to normalcy (city was practically locked down, with no cars allowed in, and had to be “reopened” which becomes difficult if the major roads leading to Dataran were filled thousands. Frankly many of us just did not hear either Bersih or police officials to disperse. We were retreating, smarting in the eyes. My sense is that you can’t blame the police who had acted admirably with restraint until this finale. It could have been adverted if Bersih 3.0 organisers had paid just as much if more attention on how to disperse the large crowd as quickly & efficiently as how to gavanise them to move to these places next to Dataran.

  5. #5 by negarawan on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 8:56 pm

    As in Bersih 2.0, the police use of unwarranted road blocks, force, violence, teargas, and chemicals on the peaceful protestors, including children and the old and frail, was the real cause of all the problems. So many people were badly beaten up by the police with bad injuries. Why wouldn’t people react with anger? The very fact that there was no looting or property damage showed that the protestors came in peace. UMNO must be held responsible for all the harm done. We urge the international community to take swift action against UMNO and its corrupt leaders.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 9:04 pm

  7. #7 by negarawan on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 9:22 pm

    The Election Commission must be immediately dissolved in light of the UMNO membership of the top echelon, and maybe more. This by itself explains all the bias and heavy manipulation of the electoral roll. The current electoral roll should be declared null and void. We don’t want people taking the streets as in Egypt to call for the dissolution of the Election Commission due to fraud.

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Both Bersih’s Ambiga & DSAI have at 2.30 – 2.45 p.m declared Bersih 3.0 a success, thanked everyone and asked all; to peacefully and in an orderly manner disperse. However according to Malaysiakini reports there were sections of the crowd that refused to disperse – some even staying or hanging around as late as 6 pm or later. As far as PDRM goes, this was illegal assembly for which no tolerance/indulgence would be extended. One must balance against the rights of others who wanted to enter by vehicles into KL as well. The rest of Malaysia/KLites also wanted to come back to the city on a Saturday evening whether for entertainment shopping or any other reasons. Already because of the early morning lock down of the city those who normally work ½ day on Saturday and who drive the work had been obstructed from doing so today. How could normalcy be returned to if large groups still wanted to continue occupying Jalan TAR, Tun Perak, Raja Laut, Ampang etc at 3, 4 5 pm???

  9. #9 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 9:46 pm

    When Ambiga/Anwar had already thanked everyone and called an end to the event at 2.30 pm and told them to orderly disperse, these protestors who hanged around until as late as 6pm were just spoiling for confrontation and had no regard that there were thousands of others who had been locked out of the city for greater part of the day and who would now want re-enter by their vehicles to enjoy a Saturday night out! Seriously what do we expect PDRM to do, if not shoot tear gas, go on a spree of arrest when 2 police men injured (I didn’t hear any protestors injured, police car damaged)? Don’t Bersih organizers take responsibility for ensuring they disperse? Or is it the position that Bersih organizers are responsible only for organizing tens of thousands of people to join the sit-in demonstration in an orderly peaceful manner but leave the responsibility of procuring the dispersal of troublemakers amongst them who refused to leave, entirely to PDRM?

  10. #10 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Ambiga & co. You ppl rock!

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