The real Bersih 3.0

— Gomen Man
The Malaysian Insider
Apr 29, 2012

APRIL 29 — A word of caution to the people who run Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider: there is an operation by paid hacks to flood your portals with seemingly “constructive” opinions about Bersih 3.0 and how this event was hijacked by Anwar Ibrahim, blah blah.

Some will even write how Malaysia’s democracy is truly alive and how Barisan Nasional is not the enemy.

Let us get some facts straight. More than 100,000 Malaysians from all walks of life turned out yesterday to call for free and fair elections. Old, young, rich, poor, the works.

Among them were supporters of political parties, and within this group were those who were probably itching for some action. The large majority of Malaysians dispersed and were shocked when tear gas canisters were aimed at them without any provocation.

Was this the strategy of hidden hands?

I don’t know but it does seem odd when the FRU fires tear gas at people who are going home or whose path to public transportation has been blocked off. The fact The Star and NST are showing only pictures of the overturned police car should tell you volumes of the hidden hands.

The vast majority came to show solidarity with those calling for free elections. These people understand that MALAYSIA IS NOT A WORKING DEMOCRACY when the foundation of any democracy — elections — is being subverted through the padding up of the electoral roll. And now we learn that the two most senior members of the Election Commission are Umno members.

That is like telling me that the gatekeepers of the country’s treasury are members of a gang of thieves. As long as the value of the vote is diminished through cheating and the award of identification documents to migrant workers, Malaysia cannot be a working democracy.

I would imagine that many of those who turned up yesterday are against corruption, cronyism, abuse of power, demonisation of religions, narrowing of space for freedom of worship, lack of judicial independence, etc.

If Barisan Nasional stands for all the above and defends the status quo, is it still correct to say that “Barisan Nasional is not the enemy” ?

In the days ahead, there will be a campaign of spin by the government. But those who attended Bersih 3.0 know why they attended and that tremendous feeling of solidarity.

  1. #1 by monsterball on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 2:06 pm

    The whole event was effectively making Malaysians proud and more will vote for change in Govt.
    Najib needs something to put in newspapers…to stop voters running away from him.
    Those who were thee from Friday to 3pm on Saturday…can see….participants are orderly and marching home….worst than snail walking..but all are smiling and patient.
    Reading the news that gas bombs and fights started again…..are politically motivated.
    It cannot be from PR leaders.
    The event has already given the more votes.
    Only an idiot cannot know who will benefits…when fights broke out.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Muhiyiddin is already leading the rally cry of blaming Bersih when a responsible leader who get all the details first before opening their mouth.

    The old order of insisting things to be what they were is alive and well even as historic change is already here. It does not bode well for the challenge this country faces. Its how a leadership can claim success of 40% growth in per capita when its largely the US misfortune and India, China doing most of the rest.

    We live in times of deluded leaders AND insisting we are even more deluded when our minds are already wide awake..

  3. #3 by Winston on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 4:31 pm

    What happened at the rally should make the electorate more determined than ever to cast out the UMNO/BN government.
    In fact, there are more than enough incidents of their shooting themselves in both feet.

  4. #4 by Winston on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 4:42 pm

    Malaysia-chronicle is having problems accepting the comments, usually overwhelmingly against UMNO/BN now.
    Another tactic of this outright hopeless government?

  5. #5 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Sunday, 29 April 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Hey hairy monkey. Your partner in perkasa has yet to turn up at the police station to pick up their fake explosives. Can you pls do so for them asap. Tq

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