Thursday, 7 July 2011

Heavy-Handedness Will NOT Stop Us

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."

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Anonymous said...

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 — Police have obtained court orders to prevent 91 persons associated with Bersih, Umno Youth and Perkasa from entering Kuala Lumpur this Saturday, and also to shut down city roads, to effectively paralyse any attempts to rally on the day.

City police chief Datuk Amar Singh also said that the public are strongly discouraged from going into the city on Saturday.

The persons named in the court orders can be arrested on sight, he added.

“The public can enter but we urge the public not to enter Kuala Lumpur on that day,” Amar replied when asked if the restriction order included the public.

Among those restricted under court orders are Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah.

Other notable persons barred from the city are Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; his daughter and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar; DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang and Teresa Kok; Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali; Independent MP for Kulim-Bandar Baharu Datuk Zulkifli Noordin; Jemaah Islah Malaysia president Zaid Kamaruddin; PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuik Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

The individuals named in the orders include 66 from Bersih, 14 from Perkasa and 11 from Umno Youth.

Amar said the individuals named in the court order were being personally served the restriction notice today.

He said the restriction order was clear and that all of the 91 individuals are barred from even passing through the city between 8am and 6pm on July 9 — whether on foot or in any vehicle, including the public buses or trains.

He said those who breached the order would be committing an offence under Section 188 of the Penal Code, which is considered disobeying a public servant who is lawfully empowered to keep the peace and can be jailed up to six months and fined up to RM2,000.

“If they want to gather elsewhere, they will have to have a permit,” Amar said when asked if any action will be taken against those 91 if they assembled just outside the restricted zones.

He said the police have not received a single application for a permit from any party to date.

He also advised the parties to ensure they have booked the premises before applying for the permit as the police will have to consider the security angle of the chosen location.