Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BERSIH 2.0 - Back to basics

With disappoint and anger razed across my facabook friends, who wanted to stage on the street come 709, further, accusing Bersih 2.0 chair Dato' Ambiga for her latest decision to call off the walk.

Shall we go back to the basics and re-examine the objective of Bersih 2.0?

Clean and fair election


Is the walk the objective?

No! the walk is just a mean to achieve the objective.

What is the purpose of the walk?

When all avenue exhausted, and there's no other way other than walking on the street to voice out, thus the walk.

And you stage a walk when you wanted media spotlight, and create awareness for those who may not even know what Bersih 2.0 is all about, thus the walk.

Just like handing the electoral reform memorandum to the King, what does it signify? It is a mean to achieve the objective, i.e. Clean and fair elections, again, sending the memorandum is not the objective, it is a mean to achieve the objective.

So, what is the best way to achieve the objective at this juncture? OK, you may still insist walking on the street, saying that Bersih 2.0, especially Dato' Ambiga, has betrayed those who trusted her. That's your view, but is the walk the objective or just a mean to achieve the objective? Ask yourself.

I've walked for Anwar back 1998, walked for No ISA vigil 2008 , I took part in the Bersih/Anti ISA vigil 2008. I walked because there's no other avenue to voice our concern, thus I walk.

We went to PJ court to show support to RPK back then, where we witnessed those who shouted most in Malaysia Today ended up no show.

We went to Sentul Police Station to support RPK for his criminal defamation charge, it was less than 20 person there, Where were all of you who cried that you will support RPK for his sacrifices?

I voiced my concern, with my legs. I walk, when there's no other means to voice out.

Back to Bersih 2.0. If the government did not soften its tune to agree with gathering in a stadium after declaring Bersih 2.0 as illegal, I'll walk, and we shall walk.

Now, the Najib Administration, on one hand still label Bersih 2.0 as illegal, has to extend olive branch to accommodate, isn't this an achievement instead of setback?

I agreed, if the government did not soften their stand, we shall walk, walk to achieve our objective.

But if the government has accepted the fact that it has to deal with Bersih 2.0 in a civilized manner, be it willingly or not, are we moving one step towards the objective? I do think so.

If the government then reacted as before, giving all sorts of reason trying to derail Bersih 2.0 even it has agreed to hold the gathering in a stadium, of which the offer was made by non other than the Prime Minister, then you should walk.

Else, why should people, who may not even have the guts to walk, to accuse Dato' Ambiga for accepting the stadium's offer, and some even blamed her for scarifying those arrested by Police due to Bersih 2.0?

Why should you make a pre-judgement that Bersih 2.0/Dato' Ambiga has betrayed the trust on them? Isn't this the same attitude that Perkasa is adopting? That you are now behaving like Perkasa unconsciously?

Will all these blame and criticisms achieve our objective?

Or do they have their own objective instead?


  1. Now everyone can express thier will by wearing yellow on this Saturday at any places without fear. Police has no reason to stop us now.

  2. the order to catch those in Bersih 2.0 shirt is still in effect, we must pressure further to make them lift it

  3. Bersih 2.0 wanted Stadium Merdeka but was rejected

  4. Yes, wearing yellow shirt on 110709. I will take 1 day leave, ride on my yellow bicycle, to show support to BERSIH.

  5. Anonymous: Do what you think fit. Good luck to Malaysia