Bersih 3.0?


It was barely 9 months ago that Bersih 2.0 took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur. The Najib administration vilified the people of 25,000 of all walks of life and all communities. The disproportional retribution during the walk caused all Malaysians to feel that the Government has something to hide.

Banning Bersih 2.0, lockdown of KL, water canons and tear gas fired on innocent people, political arrests, and to top it all is playing with the truth on how the police acted on the people and trying to censor the Economist article on this event.

With an international backlash, Najib agreed to having a Parliamentary Select Committee which is bipartisan to look into the demands. Now we can see that the PSC has side stepped on all the key problem areas to ensure a fair and free election. Even cleaning the electoral roles that are strewn with allegations of fraud has no priority in the PSC view.

Now we are looking at the possibility of Bersih 3.0 and it seems inevitable. There will be an announcement made later today and we shall see what the organizing committee has to say.

But frankly speaking, this could have been avoided had the PSC and EC been genuine to resolve the demands of Bersih 2.0. After all, they are not difficult and is of paramount importance yet they are not addressed head on but glossed over. Unless there is glory and pride in winning an election shrouded with doubt and fraudulent allegations, the Government must stand up and be counted.

If Bersih 3.0 ever takes place, it will be the worst possible outcome for Najib. Malaysians see this as a people movement and apolitical. It is a fair demand yet Najib feels otherwise to come to terms with it. The more he avoids Bersih, the more they will haunt him. And this time it will be his worst nightmare.

Why is it so? He will be pushed to a corner. Either way, he will lose.

If he retaliates forcefully, the people will know that is how he treats Malaysians and will result in an angry nation.

If he gives in, he could be giving lip service and a flip flop decision later just to delay matters to give enough time for GE13 to take place first.

If he truly compromises, he will be stabbed in the back by his own people like Julius Caesar for sure. This will spell his demise from politics earlier than he planned.

Let us see how this will pan out!

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