Everyone’s heard about the BERSIH 2.0 rally today, which is going to be held in Stadium Merdeka instead of the streets of KL. There has been mixed reactions to BERSIH’s rally, with opposing camps planning to set up similar rallies like the Patriot’s rally (UMNO youth) and PERKASA rally.
Odd how leaders keep saying they will not tolerate dissidents and people who threaten peace and stir up religious/racial sentiments, yet let PERKASA and Utusan Malaysia have a field day. For Dr. M fans, yes, he’s the patron. Go and kiss his senile-ness’ feet.
What BERSIH 2.0 asks for is:
1. Clean the electoral roll
2. Reform postal ballot
3. Use of indelible ink
4. Minimum 21 days campaign period
5. Free and fair access to media
6. Strengthen public institutions
7. Stop corruption
8. Stop dirty politics
I don’t see anything wrong with these demands. They seem pretty reasonable for a democracy (oh wait, scratch that). But rallies, demos, protests, not reasonable. Unless the entire nation agrees (like Egypt), it’s a waste. I don’t see the government saying they have to accept the demands just because someone did a rally. Like those religious hillbillies from PEMBELA in Putrajaya.
Now the entire nation’s police force is being mobilized, standing. 3000 from Sabah and Sarawak has been issued orders to prepare and pack, travelling by military choppers to KL if needed.
KL ois basically shut down, roads leading in and out are jammed, roadblocks, checks, all resources wasted. It’s such a small issue to begin with.
And in Malaysia? Besides the fact that we are still children when it comes to accepting criticism (we enjoy breaking things without knowing why, and some illiterate teacher taught them that peaceful means ‘punch that person who looks at you’), all they care about is getting out of the jam at the LDP to their mamak shop.
I support BERSIH 2.0’s demands, but not the rally. Nuff’ said.