I have been publicising this Bersih 2.0 event since November 2010. Not for a moment did I expect that it would attract this level of heavy-handedness from the government.
A friend of mine who attended the first public event (the launch) organised by Bersih 2.0 was disappointed, saying that the demands were the same as with 2007 and the committee was too soft.
In many ways, I still feel the Bersih 2.0 steering committee is not aggressive enough for my liking.
I like Ambiga, I like Haris, and I like those guys and girls who are working hard to make this country a better place, but in my honest opinion, what we need is an arrogant a$$hole like Ibrahim Ali (but not as stupid) to lead this movement.
The government is obviously frightened by this force, but not frightened enough of the individuals. Heck, the government doesn't even have an ounce of respect for the YDP Agong - so on second thought, maybe there really is no hope for the government after all!
The village idiot whom some call the Home Minister of Malaysia, undertook it upon himself to shamelessly defend the cow-head protestors and even said that their voices need to be heard.
Suddenly, when it came to the issue of Free and Fair Elections - which is infinitely more important than the bimbo issue that the cow-head protestors were getting their polka-dot panties in a knot over - the heavy-handedness appeared.
Double standards? Hell yeah!
Words like "stubborn", "disobedient", and "uncooperative" are being thrown at the Bersih 2.0 steering committee by the authorities. This assault on our senses is perpetuated by the mainstream media which has been ordered to vilify the Bersih 2.0 rally.
The word "illegal" has been used so many times that I am tired of it. And even immune to it.
Even now, I just watched the news on TV. The sanctimonious little top cop said that the organisers of this "illegal" rally were so "degil" and "cuma nak lawan je".
Some don't even get the irony of their own words. The news presenter said, "... of the illegal rally by the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections..."
I wondered how free and fair could be illegal.
The possibility is that tomorrow and on Saturday, all internet and mobile communications will go dead. We won't be able to contact each other. This will make it difficult for us to gather and coordinate our movements.
No prizes for guessing that we have become a police state.
Death threats. Bomb threats. Warning on revocation of citizenship. Preventive detention. Arrest of hundreds for wearing Yellow T-shirts.
But we need to fix that, and as the Bersih 2.0 steering committee say:
"Our first and foremost responsibility is to our future and our children, and we have resolved that they shall inherit a nation ruled by not by fear, but by the principles of justice.
Whatever happens between now and then, the rakyat will gather peacefully in an orderly fashion to call for clean and fair elections at Stadium Merdeka on the 9th of July at 2pm. We are coming, we will be peaceful and together, we will build a better Malaysia."