Okay peeps. Bersih 3.0 is over. You’ve seen the videos. You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve seen the damage. Both sides have claimed victory and blamed the other side. The expected finger pointing and blame laying is in full swing currently.
If you were one of those who marched for Bersih and for Dumbiga don’t you feel cheated? Don’t you feel that the part you wanted to play for your country’s future, your sacrifice to face possible bodily harm was instead cheaply purchased for the propagation of the opposition’s agenda?
If any rational Malaysian needs further proof that the opposition had unfairly hijacked Bersih 3.0, the provocative action of breaching Dataran Merdeka was it. It is in effect the final nail in the coffin for the independence and civil-society orientation of Bersih 3.0.
To be fair to Dumbiga, she did clearly urge the crowd to disperse before the tear gas and water cannons were fired because she felt that the objectives of the rally were achieved.
But one group who were there for other reasons clearly did not listen. The agent provocateurs instead listened to Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali who allegedly pushed them hard to break down the barriers the police had constructed.
The police did not put up roadblocks into KL the night before like they did during Bersih 2.0, and allowed protestors to walk through KL in the right spirit which was almost carnival like. Azmin’s alleged urging of breaking down barriers that a Court Judge had effectively ordered the police to erect was the catalyst they had been waiting for to ensure that adequate provocation was carried out. Azmin has since denied that he did any such thing.
In hindsight, weren’t DAP Senator Tunku Abdul Aziz’s concerns right?
Well enough of my “I told you so” lecture. Instead, I’ll let Mohd Johan Nasir speak for me. Those of you who know Johan know that he’s a smart and savvy guy. Never loses his cool.
He’s also in his young 30’s and is a very successful multipreneur, the exact demographic that makes up the bulk of Bersih supporters. The difference is Johan uses his brain. I have obtained his permission to quote from his facebook page:
I question.. What's the point? All that hassle to send a message to the govt & PM "as if" they really will listen? As if they don't already know? Claim "I was there" to be part of the whole drama to "make a difference"? Like reeeaally? Suffer the crowds, heat, inconvenience of closed LRT stations, then complain of police unfairness and violence with tear gas and water cannons when there are people in the crowd who really just want to cause trouble and by those who don't really understand what Bersih is even about. Sure we all want what Bersih wants and i believe change will eventually happen. Claim it is your civil rights etc.. but here's the logic. Politics is politics. Politicians see huge crowds all the time, for party gatherings, protest, election campaigns, etc. They're not even flinching. Everyone want's this and that. People get paid off to create propaganda, even at RMX00 per person for Bersih. It's the Flashmob effect. You pay off enough people to make enough noise, eventually the bystander crowds join in. Then the social media and foreign news lap it all up. It's all orchestrated propaganda. Yellow T-shirt sellers, tear gas mask vendors, drink sellers are the only ones who benefits. Whoopee.. Wow! Real smart.. Claps hands sarcastically.
One government change to another really doesn't solve all the rakyat's problems and neither does it guarantee the cleanliness of elections anywhere. There will always be powers that be that pulls the strings eventually on a long term after the short term crowd dies down. Really the world has bigger problems
That i agree with.. but that only works in an ideal world. If there's anything that history has taught us, it's that this story is like a never ending reboot with just different pawns playing the bad guy over and over and over again. I believe the population mindset and people is what makes a country great or doomed. Changing the politicians won't solve this issue for Malaysia, clean elections or not.
Where haven't i heard that before.. and then the so called "wise public people" elects another politician, regardless of party, promising this and that, and then realizes that the "system" doesn't really make that "change" possible because of "bureaucracy" and is busy dealing with 1001 cries of this and that problem, then the "wise public people" gets unhappy again.. we all wear Yellow again to remind the politician.. "lu lansi, gua bunohan luu laa" .. we go voting.. and the majority "non-wise public people" who makes up the votes puts another "innocent angelic politician" in power and the cycle begins over and over and over again until well.. earth explodes with pink unicorns and candy and we all live happily ever after. The end.
Exactly.. I worry for Malaysia's economy and financial stability if DSAI ever came into power.. His political track record is crap. He messed up as Education and Finance Ministers posts last time with silly detrimental policies. We all want clean elections. Fair demand. I want clean capable politicians. Can?
Like i said before, i agree with most the points of what Bersih wants, it is what everyone wants anyway and should be a standard practice by all countries. Clean elections etc. Yes as a rakyat, the sentiments are very loud and clear already and we all have our grievances with our elected leaders. To me, the gathering doesn't already proof a point that has already been said before.
Unfortunately, there are some with other political and emotionally biased agenda's which spoils it for everyone else by merging two separate matters. Go out and vote, choose wisely, let the results change the fate of our country and hopefully for everyone that was there, everything that we want, becomes a reality. I'm not so optimistic of that either.
I think Kenny assumes and thinks we live in an ignorant bubble & enjoying the benefits of the 'system', and that we are on an intellect high ground who can't tell the difference about why people are so passionate about Bersih or that we are super happy with the present government etc etc.. Lolz!
There are those who take sides and will never see eye to eye because they believe in something with conviction (sometimes very admirable in the right situation, there are many examples) and then there are those who are willing to educate themselves enough to know both sides of the story and sees the bigger picture with a better perspective.
Tomorrow, something else will happen in the world. The next day, something else. Eventually, you realize it's just constant noise and it really doesn't matter because there's no way to please everyone. BN or PKR, they will all buy Hermes handbags eventually.
If what Johan has to say about Bersih 3.0 piques your interest, go read his facebook page.