Friday, 22 July 2011

An excellent analysis of the BERSIH 2.0 RALLY in Kuala Lumpur

In order to fully understand the issues, you must also know what
BERSIH stands for.
It stands for just electoral reforms.

Especially the removal of clear and proven, proven voters such as dead
people, people in addresses that are confirmed to be not residing
there because it belongs to others voters not related to those
registered, especially when it is the house of the relative of one of
the Member of Parliament. EC has refused to remove that saying that it
is beyond its power.

Since EC cannot remove these names, failure to implement the indelible
ink when it was already bought and delivered is certainly criminal in
intent. Replacing it with a biometric system is just an excuse because
the current system already uses the biometric system but criminally
implemented so that phantom voters are still allowed to vote. Current
Malaysian Identification Cards(ID) uses biometric systems by storing
their thumbprints inside smart cards. Smart cards that are not at all
secure and had been proven to be easily defeated by the numerous fake
identification cards.

Whatever biometric systems that the EC proposes will never be as
effective as the indelible ink, that is already widely used in many
democratic elections without any problem at all.

The fear of indelible ink shows very clearly that phantom voters exist
and the current government uses it widely in order to retain its
power, and worse still, the Election Commission is helping the
government to cheat in all the previous elections.

The leader of BERSIH is Ambiga, a lawyer who defends apostates of
Islam, and wants to introduce laws to allow apostasy among Muslims.
This will be opposed by the majority of Muslims including Anwar's PKR
and the Islamic Party of PAS.

Bersih rally revealed lots of truth
Jeswan Kaur
| July 10, 2011

Going into denial seems to be the only way Najib could think of in
reacting to the Bersih 2.0 rally.

The rakyat who turned up for the Bersih 2.0 rally yesterday were no
criminals. Yet, the police and the Federal Reserve Unit officers
treated them as such, kicking and punching some of the supporters of
the rally.

An eyewitness shared an incident where a young man in his 20s was
pounced upon by no less than 10 policemen who wrestled him down,
twisting his arm.

The ambience that day was one of fright and intimidation with the
police going berserk in preventing the huge crowd from walking up to
the rally venue, the historical Stadium Merdeka.

Everywhere, the environment was polluted with tear gas and water
cannon which the cops splashed with gay abandon at the crowd to force
them to disperse. But all these failed to scare the people.

Indeed, conundrum would best describe the July 9 scenario in the city
centre of Kuala Lumpur. The palpable chaotic situation was certainly
not the people's doing. The rakyat had turned up in good faith to
support the Bersih 2.0 'Walk for Democracy'. The event was messed up
by none other than the police.

Bersih 2.0 in respecting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal
Abidin's call to maintain peace and harmony agreed to keep away from
the streets and take the rally indoor, to Stadium Merdeka. But no
thanks to the lies and manipulation by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak,
the Bersih 2.0 organisers were refused all access to the stadium.

The police meanwhile at the 11th hour offered to issue Bersih 2.0 a
permit for the rally provided it was held outside Kuala Lumpur. Why
did Najib and his 'boys' stab Bersih 2.0 in the back, an act typically
reserved for the cowards?

It is not the Bersih 2.0 coalition but the Barisan Nasional government
under Najib and the police who are to be blamed for the chaos that
shrouded Kuala Lumpur for over eight hours on July 9.

From the streets to a closed environment – Bersih 2.0 was cooperating
with the call to stay away from the roads. In fact, Ambiga even asked
the police to map out the routes for it to walk on July 9 but the
thuggie-styled police refused to cooperate.

Was Bersih 2.0 asking for much by requesting that the police cooperate
with it? Why did Najib turn the entire rally into a topsy-turvy affair
and get the Bersih 2.0 key players including chairperson Ambiga
Sreenevasan arrested?

Had Ambiga harboured malicious intentions, she could have ambushed the
government and sprung a surprise by bringing her supporters to the
streets to rally.

However, for all intent and purposes, the 'Walk for Democracy' was
paved with good intentions, that of wanting to raise public awareness
and call for a reform of the electoral system.

Stop blaming Bersih 2.0

The mainstream media went to town reporting how businesses in the city
centre were paralysed because of the rally. Motorists stuck in traffic
jams were quick to blame Bersih 2.0 for the endless hours of delay
they had to endure.

The truth is Bersih 2.0 is not to blame. The truth also is that the
entire scenario was scarred by the police, when it blocked all entry
points to Kuala Lumpur.

How could Najib forget that all Bersih 2.0 wanted was to walk in
solidarity and hand over their memorandum for reforms to the electoral
system Yang di-Pertuan Agong?

The fact of it all is that all that happened on July 9 was dictated by
fear, that too on the part of the BN government and Najib. The fear
of not being able to manipulate the electoral process and find
themselves losing out to their arch enemy, the opposition Pakatan
Rakyat prompted Najib to undertake the least intelligent measure to
halt the rally.

Had the coalition been allowed to use the Stadium Merdeka, there would
have been no complaints from traders of businesses being affected. Why
then conveniently pass the blame to Bersih 2.0 and ask the coalition
if it would shoulder the losses suffered by the traders?

Also, had the police the decency to oblige Ambiga and plan out the
route for the walk, the supporters of democracy could have been spared
the tear gas, water cannons, punching and kicking.
Bersih 2.0 rally a success

The Bersih 2.0 steering committee estimated that 50,000 people had
turned up for its 'Walk for Democracy'. Maybe such a huge turnout is
too much of a failure for the Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar
to admit, so he went on to claim it was a mere 6,000 who showed up.

To Najib, the number was small. Just how did he deduce this, when the
entire city of Kuala Lumpur had come to a standstill and the IGP had
to bring in just about all his men to unleash their terror on the

Going into denial seems to be the only way Najib could think of in
reacting to the Bersih 2.0 rally. Instead, he heaped praise on
participants of the National Cooperatives Day 2011 held in Putrajaya
and said:

"It's obvious that the thousands present today are against the illegal
rally planned by a section of our community. If there are people who
want to hold the illegal rally, there are even more who are against
their plan."

But what a surprise that the premier could not even reveal the number
of participants who attended the National Cooperatives Day 2011. Yet,
it pleased him that they stayed put in Putrajaya, maybe against their

A lot of the truth which the Bersih 2.0 rally has revealed will never
be acknowledged by the Najib administration. One truth is that the
Bersih 2.0 rally succeeded in getting its message across to the

The other truth is that the people are no willing to tolerate the
abuse and corruption the BN government indulges in during elections.

Another truth is that the persecution and repression used by Najib to
get things his way is now passé. The rakyat is all out to seek the
truth and as the July 9 walk showed, the truth is out there.

The chaos and fear of July 9 was all Najib's doing. His band of
Umnoputeras were out to create nothing less than ruckus, as seen from
the showdown at Menara Maybank between Umno Youth and Bersih 2.0 on
the day of the rally.

Likewise, all talks that the 'Walk for Democracy' was spearheaded by
the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is bullocks. It was a walk to
reclaim what rightfully belongs to the people, an electoral system
free of manipulation.

As far as Bersih 2.0 is concerned, it is innocent. And it has
succeeded in its mission, all thank you to the rakyat who turned up in
full force yesteday.

FMT photo gallery on Bersih 2.0 rally

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