Why I cannot support Bersih 2.0

I was at the first Bersih march in 2007, and I was at the lawyer’s march before it and Hindraf after, where I was shot at with tear gas and hosed down together with a great mass of 60-year-old “threats to national security” who were simply fed up with they way they had been treated.

Hindraf was an odd thing. The protestors were by and large Indian, dark-skinned, polytheists (that is, Hindu for ye who have not a clue what I am talking about), and certainly not middle class. Did anyone give a crap about them? Well, not really, but that needn’t detain us now I suppose. It certainly didn’t detain us then.

I appreciate the demands of Bersih 2.0. They are my demands. Most of them. I think indelible ink to be silly if the process itself can be guaranteed to be fair. I also think that “Stop Corruption” and “End Dirty Politics” (items 7 and 8 respectively) are journeys, possibly painful journeys, that we must undertake. The whole bloody thing will cost us dearly and we must be prepared to pay the price.

I am. I’m sure you are too.

But it doesn’t consist in merely handing over a memo and claiming moral victory, or going to gaol and claiming martyrdom. Handing a memorandum to the Palace alone achieves nothing other than the satisfaction of having shown your strength. This is the same satisfaction UMNO and Perkasa seek. Claiming that if you are not with Bersih, then you are against free and fair elections is the same as saying if you don’t subscribe to Ketuanan Melayu, you can fuck off. Saying “March in July or emigrate” is the same as saying “Juden heraus!”

Not everyone thinks the way you do, and that, unfortunately, is a fundamental principle of democratic engagement.

What exactly does Bersih stand for? Its original eight demands? Or the demands of the Pakatan Rakyat? Is it a political protest led by Anwar Ibrahim, who possesses the power to call off the march if that pink-lipped idiot in Putrajaya accedes to Bersih’s demands? What the hell kind of “engagement” is that? Or is it a protest to which Sdr Lim Kit Siang can invite all to join? Whose protest is it? I thought it was the peoples’. Not the politicians’.

And as for that ridiculous arse-wipe Khary Jamaluddin [no last name], for God’s sake have the courage to be in the country when the shit hits the fan.

4 thoughts on “Why I cannot support Bersih 2.0

  1. *Applause*
    Let us maintain status quo!
    Let BN rule for eternal.
    Let apathy creeps in.

    So, Juana, tell me, what is the OTHER way to change the country? You sure know how to TALK BIG, but you don’t offer alternatives to your resistant to Bersih 2.0 walk. Not even one.

    It’s ok to differ and disagree, but it is totally unacceptable to admit defeat, just because a few people trying to hijack the movement. If that is the case, then better shut the parliament, and make Malaysia one-party nation with UMNO as the sole party, like China. There you go, I proposed a *greater* idea rather than your defeatist approach.

  2. *Applause*
    Let us maintain status quo!
    Let BN rule for eternal.
    Let apathy creeps in.

    So, uengg, tell me, what is the OTHER way to change the country? You sure know how to TALK BIG, but you don’t offer alternatives to your resistant to Bersih 2.0 walk. Not even one.

    It’s ok to differ and disagree, but it is totally unacceptable to admit defeat, just because a few people trying to hijack the movement. If that is the case, then better shut the parliament, and make Malaysia one-party nation with UMNO as the sole party, like China. There you go, I proposed a *greater* idea rather than your defeatist approach.

  3. Hello! Thank you for visiting. What I think about the other ways to change the country is contained in this blog, as well as in the newspapers if you read them. Most people don’t.

    Yes I admit it’s mostly talk on the web and in the newspapers, since that’s what these things are good for, talk. Which is what you are doing too, yes? It’s okay, talk is good.

    To the point of your message: UMNO is already the sole party like China. Yes, it’s better to shut Parliament. That is a good idea! Thank you. When was the last time something decent emerged from there? Me, I think it was pre-NOC. I have read much of the Hansard, but not all of it. Here is the link, in case you need it: http://www.parlimen.gov.my/index.php?modload=sidang&uweb=dr&doc=hansard&arkib=yes

    The other thing about people trying to hijack a movement: Well, I am not declaring defeat, only my opposition to it. You might want to ask some German people about opposing those who hijack movements. I mean Nazis ya, in case I wasn’t being clear.

    Thank you!🙂

  4. Surely one cannot equate the “hijackers” of Bersih with Nazis?! After all they are protesting Nazi-like behaviour… not all of them may have the same ultimate goals, but as far as free and fair elections are concerned, all have the same desire for reform. A coalition of different parties going for an immediate objective will certainly have different ends in mind, but all have the same immediate aim, namely, electoral reform. In other words, your opposition of “hijack” has no real basis in fact. Please subscribe to the immediate goal now.

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