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Bersih 3.0 is clearly the biggest rally in the history of this country, or else, it would not have evoked the kind of responses from Umno and Barisan Nasional.
As mentioned in an article which I had written two days before April 28, the ruling BN party would not have Bersih 3.0 end peacefully. For that simple reason, after Bersih 2.0 co-chair, Ambiga Sreenevasan dispersed the crowd of over 200,000 Malaysians, a number of incidents took place.
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One can analyse the entire episode, and ask questions: Why the police cordon was suddenly withdrawn? Why was the City Hall metal gates not reinforced with barbed wires? Why did a few cameramen particular zoom in on Azmin Ali and Anwar Ibrahim to look for any hand gestures to immediately accuse them of causing the protestors to barge into the area around Dataran Merdeka? Why was R Thangam taken into custody when all he had done was to remove unguarded City Hall metal gates?
And, of all persons, why is Hanif Omar being appointed as chairman of the inquiry panel when clearly it is a conflict of interest and Hanif had prejudices against Bersih, calling it a coup d’etat? I cannot imagine how Bersih people could stage a coup d’etat with water, salt and mineral water plastic bottles.
It is clear from Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 that Umno’s fingers are all over the place. Umno president, Najib Tun Razak was behind the police brutality during Bersh 3.0, and previously Bersih 2.0. As the prime minister, Najib holds the power over the police, the FRU and the City Hall. If he had been sincere as he has always portrayed himself, he would have allowed Bersih demonstrators to sit-in on the green patch of grass for two hours.
The City Hall mayor would have been spared of his now-tainted reputation. The police would have cooperated with the people in the same way they had cooperated with fellow Malaysians in other major cities throughout the country, and like their counterparts in other countries, protected the protestors. The final call is with the PM.
In other countries, such as Indonesia and the Philippines, we have seen that even the president would have resigned. In Japan, the Prime Minister would have exercised hara kiri. But like his master, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Najib who came into power through the backdoor, failed to listen to the people’s demand.
In retrospect, if Najib had been sincere, there would not have been a single incident. If any policeman had opted to use force, he would have instructed an independent inquiry. Najib would have set up the IPCMC from the day he became prime minister.
The rally would have been what it was meant to be – a rally of 250,000 Malaysians nationwide and worldwide to show the people’s solidarity behind the eight demands of Bersih. On April 28, Malaysians of all walks of life came together to ask for a clean and fair election. Whatever their grievances are with the BN Government, it makes no difference.
Unless the electoral roll is cleaned up, there can be no clean and fair election. Unless it is a political earthquake, Umno and the BN will continue to rule the country the way it has ruled since 1981. There will be more NFCs, PKFZs, Bank Bumiputra, Perwaja and MAS type of scandals.
Umno is bankrupt of ideas
The other signs which clearly show that Bersih 3.0 has made a big impact on the ruling party is what we have seen lately happening in front of Ambiga’s house.
A group of hawkers which called itself Ikhlas are obviously Umno supporters. They set up a stall in front of Ambiga’s house to attract publicity, yet such gimmick was praised by the Deputy IGP. No actions were taken by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
Next, a group of retired armed forces personnel, who claimed to be members of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTM), held ‘butt exercises’ early in the morning. These senior citizens have forgotten their morals, and are willing to do anything just to demonise Bersih and Ambiga.
While most people are amused by the butt exercise, I have three things to say to these senior citizens. Firstly, where did they learn their morals from? I can bet with you that a religious person who claims to be a Muslim would not do such a thing because, for people of all races, religions and creed, it is a shameful thing to show the butts.
Secondly, as far as I know only the ostrich would show its butt while burying its head in the sand. This is because the ostrich with a small brain think that it can hide itself by burying its head, while its butt still shows up towards the sky. Have our armed forces veterans gone senile over their butts exercise?
Finally, I have to say this comes from someone who is fed up with Umno politics. From the parading of a cow’s head to the brutality upon Bersih people, it has never ceased from dirty politics. It is time that Malaysians stand up, and kick the butts of Umno politicians until they learn to behave as civilized people.
Perkasa not Umno, Umno not Perkasa
In Penang, Perkasa defended Umno and the BN. Perkasa comprises of Dr. Mahathir as the patron and Ibrahim Ali as president. Without an iota of doubt, Perkasa is Umno, and Umno has set up an arm to intimidate the people using Perkasa.
Yet, we read that in Penang, when Perkasa organised a funeral service for Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, Umno came forward to rebuke it. As much as Umno wants to create an impression that it has nothing to do with Perkasa, it should ban Perkasa for trying to play on racial sentiments.
Umno should demand Umno veteran, Dr Mahathir Mamad to resign as Perkasa patron. By having Dr Mahathir to sit beside Najib during the Umno general assembly is a slap in the face of Umno, since the former is also the patron of an organisation that is known for playing racial sentiments and doing all sorts of bastardly acts.