Each new struggle for the same basic demands comes along with its own experiences. For the most part, Malaysian activists have grown and improved.
Of course, to assume that the goverment hasn't learnt anything at all would be to underestimate the enemy.
They have learned, which is why they appear -- at least on the surface -- to allow the demonstration to go on.
But make no mistake. They will make every attempt to thwart it from the sidelines.
After all, the solution for doing away with this demonstration is ludicrously simple. All the Malaysian government has to do is to enforce some of the responsible practices recommended by BERSIH.
But to do that could mean losing the elections. Losing power of the nation. Losing something that never belonged to them in the first place.
They cannot survive without their privileges. Won't do.
So the show must go on until those who want it more eventually succeed. I hope victory is in the hands of those who deserve it: the people.