Bersih 2.0: Where is Wally?


Or should it be where is Ibrahim Ali – the clown who talked a lot?

(At times, it seems OK to have people who talked about and threaten others – they hardly make the impact but it is not acceptable when the same idiot is a Member of Parliament and make seditious statements but remains free from arrests and prosecutions. Image source: http://peoplepowerportal.blogspot.com)

The rally that saw a very united Malaysians of all ages and backgound has come and gone but the aftermath of it has been bad news for the Government. If only Najib had granted Bersih 2.0 the use of Stadium Merdeka or had the police dictated the meeting point of the rally and escorted them to deliver the demands peacefully, things would have been less ugly.

Plenty may been said of Bersih 2.0’s rally, the clash between the police who deployed the same high handed tactics, it’s key leaders arrested when they showed up as promised and some injured in the process (tragically one had died) but for me, what UMNO Youth did tops the rest and earned my respect (although they could have merged with Bersih 2.0 on common grounds).

I have to salute UMNO Youth headed by Khairy who at least showed up despite threat of arrest on sight. They were small in numbers and hardly made a dent on Bersih 2.0 but at least they kept their words – they showed up, refrained themselves from any clashes with Bersih 2.0 and promptly were arrested after a short stand-off with the police.

This is unlike the other guy who talked a lot, foams forming at side of the mouth before the rally (to an extent telling the Chinese Malaysians to stock up food) and now proven to be the one without BALLS – Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa refused to show up at the city with his members (citing highly predicated but lame excuses).

One just hope that this show of cowardliness when the time for reckoning had come, will silence him from opening his foul mouth in future or we shall pray he to suffer another heart attack from serious embarrassment. The world would be a better place from this guy who been threatening and accusing Malaysians and does nothing concrete in the process of nation building and national unity.

The night before Bersih 2.0 rally saw mother of all traffic jams, something that many have to point the finger on the Government and the police. Despite the fortification (yes, that is was used on the tactics deployed) of KL, Bersih 2.0 rally still saw thousands on the street, peacefully rallying as promised.

The busy junction in front of the Puduraya bus terminal became the focal point of yesterday’s protest as crowds snowballed from 500 in nearby Petaling Street at 12.40pm to a whopping 10,000 just half an hour later.

And while the protesters faced off with the police at Jalan Pudu, just round the corner, mere metres away an estimated thousand more were turned away from the original planned gathering point Stadium Merdeka, which was barricaded by police with barbed wire.

But with so many obstacles in place and the entire city practically locked down with roadblocks and closure of key LRT stations, how did the protesters give the police the slip and organised themselves?

(Source Malaysiakini)

Hopefully the police will drop the idea of putting roadblocks to stop ordinary Malaysians from attending peaceful rallies in the future and instead, provide proper escort and guidelines to ensure that rallies are done in proper, safe, peaceful manners. Roadblocks are useless, it is not effective to prevent rally from taking place and all it does very effectively is to create unnecessary tension against the police & the Government and waste time and fuel.

And the bugger who talked a lot but went missing on rally day, one can hope that he has been humbled by events of Bersih 2.0 namely the attendance of UMNO Youth under Khairy.

Well done Bersih 2.0 & Khairy.

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Bersih 2.0 – Quotes of the Day


(This is how Najib should have reacted to Bersih 2.0 in the first place. If he had done that, he would have been hailed as a hero and someone who is willing to listen to calls for real change. Image source: http://amenoworld.blogspot.com)

Well done to the police who rescued 30 children from a hostage taker in Muar. Now this is what we call real police work (not wasting time manning road blocks).

Bersih 2.0 will come to a closure tomorrow, hopefully – until now, despite the earlier concession by the Government to allow the rally to take place in a stadium, the police is bent on disallowing any kind of rally from taking place at all cost. They even shutting down Puduraya bus station, disallow stage buses from entering the city and putting up roadblocks, literally making the city under siege.

And in course of time, we have been hearing rather unbelievable statements such as this…

From Free Malaysia Today:-

Seri Kembangan district police chief ACP Abd Razak Elias denied that roadblocks in his area, covering Seri Kembangan, Puchong and Bukit Jalil, were linked to Bersih.

“We had three roadblocks this morning for normal crime prevention operation. Everyone is mistaken that it is related to Bersih,” he said.

Asked why the roadblocks were held today, Razak said that police had received information relating to break-ins.

“Based on our crime pattern study, house break-ins in my area normally happen between 4am and 12pm,” he said.

I don’t recall seeing roadblocks up when there was real break-ins and interestingly these roadblocks were setup at highly congested places where it is well known to be highly congested with traffic (an unlike escape route for break-in criminals).

The other classics were:-

1. Go on, assemble in the stadium and yell and shout till you are drained. Deal nicely and we are willing to prepare a stadium for them to assemble (Najib before back tracking on his words and claims that Bersih is still illegal and they need to obtain police permit)

2. Ours is a peaceful assembly for the people to voice their opposition towards Bersih, an illegal organisation that is being illegally funded to tarnish the country’s image and threaten national security (Ibrahim Ali not realising that he done more damage to country’s image by his calls for violence than of Bersih 2.0 )

3. They were carrying items inciting the people to hate the government. This is serious and can threaten national security. They include flyers and t-shirts with Chin Peng, Rashid Maidin and Suriani Abdullah — all connected to MCP (Malayan Communist Party) — written on them (Penang deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar)

4. Action will be taken against anyone found wearing the yellow attire, or driving cars, and buses with the Bersih 2.0 logo to incite people to attend the rallies (Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein)

5. What do they (police) think motorists are up to? Going to some street rally? Imagine from five lanes to a single lane in front of Summit Subang. Are the police out to show that they can make lives miserable? At the roadblock itself, the police officers were not even looking at the cars… they were busy chatting (Irritated motorists stuck in traffic jams)

6. We hope that we will also be received in the same manner that the King received the organiser of an illegal rally. If the people can extend favourable treatment to an illegal organisation that is already causing chaos in the country, then they should also extend the same treatment to us (Ibrahim Ali before knowing that the King had refused to meet him and his organisation)

7. Imagine, ladies and gentlemen, if the Bersih rally is not called off and they go ahead with it – if they don’t cancel it on July 8 or 9 – I believe the Chinese community, many of them, will have to stock up on food at home. Anything can happen on that day (Ibrahim Ali who later said that he was “misunderstood”)

More to come, I am pretty sure! In the meantime, I am looking forward for a good rest at home on Saturday (no point wasting fuel, stuck in traffic jam)

Bersih 2.0 – The King’s Response


Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel…

(The King who presided over the previous Bersih 1.0 is once again have made declaration that should bring the Government and Bersih 2.0 on talking terms again – hopefully. Image source: http://pinkturtle2.wordpress.com)

Well, it could have been an indirect warning to Bersih 2.0 or it could have been the lifeline that Najib been looking for to bring the tug-of-war between the Government and Bersih 2.0 to a friendlier conclusion but still, it is an interesting and timely statement from the King.

From theSun:-

“I am following closely the developments of the proposed gathering and procession by Bersih with the aim of handing over a memorandum to me as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and how the government, particularly the agencies and departments concerned, is handling the issue.

“However, I believe that the nation’s leadership under Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Sri Mohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak is capable of handling this problem in the best possible way.

“I urge that amid the political fervour of a section of the people to bolster democracy in our country, it must also be ensured that this demand on democracy does not bring destruction to the country.

“Generally, we cannot be following too much the practices in other countries, as harmony and stability are vital foundations for a country and which all quarters must protect.

“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.

“When any problem arises, we as a civilised society must resolve it through consultations and not follow our emotions, as the Malay saying goes, Yang Dikejar Tak Dapat Yang Dikendong Berciciran (Not getting what we chase after and spilling what we carry).

“The fact is, street demonstrations bring more bad than good although the original intention is good. Instead, we should focus on our main objective to develop this country, and not create problems that will cause the country to lag behind.

“Remember that there is no land where the rain does not fall, there is no ocean that is not turbulent. That is how important moderation and compromise is, which has been long been in practice by our nation’s administration.”

Yes, it is a translated text (read here for the BM version) but there are wise messages for both side of the divide from the King and if one read between the lines (rather widely, of course), is the King telling the Government that they are not handling the situation wisely?

Consider these statements:-

“…Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak is capable of handling this problem…”

The King says Najib is capable of, he did not say Najib IS handling the best possible way. As at todate, instead of engaging Bersih 2.0 in a more matured ways, the Government unfortunately has only acted irrational and with a pinch of paranoia from labeling the organizers as trouble makers, banning yellow Bersih T-shirts under an unnamed law, arresting groups of protestors under unimaginative charges, to stopping pre Bersih 2.0 rallies.

“….a section of the people being enemies with the government…”

Instead using the label “trouble makers” for the organizers of Bersih 2.0, the King calls them “a section of the people” which is true and admirable because Bersih 2.0 at the end of the day is nothing but ordinary citizens who have certain demands for the Government. And when the ordinary citizens are deemed to be enemies of the Government, it is actually reflecting badly on the Government, not the people. This is because Government is elected by the people and once you fall out with the people, it could mean the end of you in the next elections.

No doubt, there were messages for Bersih 2.0 as well – to continue with direct engagements with the relevant stakeholders instead of doing it through street rallies and demonstrations. And there seems to be some positive development towards that both from Bersih 2.0 and the Government (they seems to agree on rally to be held in a stadium now) but do expect massive traffic jam during the weekend especially towards the city centre.

The ball is in the Government’s court now – demands of Bersih 2.0 only calls for betterment of the election process (minus the call for street rally perhaps). We would not have even gotten to Bersih 1.0 if the whole election process has been well managed and fair from the very start but the truth of the matter is that it is not – one must admit that loopholes still exists and even the EC has admitted that there is “only so much” they could do although many may disagree with this – certainly “cleaning the electoral roll, reforming postal balloting, use of indelible ink, and minimum 21 days campaigning period is well within the ambit and ability of the EC.

P.s. In the meantime, it seems that Ibrahim Ali is now so upset because the King is willing to see the organizers of Bersih 2.0 and not him. His quote of the day – “We at Perkasa have written many times to meet with the King on several issues but we’ve never gotten that” was timely responded by one of reader with this statement “Ibrahim Ali? Perkasa? I am not surprised with Istana Negara’s decision”. Now that is funny!

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