Posts tagged ‘bersih’

July 11, 2012

Absurdities in Malaysia – Signs of GE13 round the corner


There are many absurd things happening in Malaysia that baffles the man on the street. Why are things that matter not being worked on? Like inflation, corruption, jobs, etc? Here is a round up of absurdities this week.

1. Lie Detector Test

MIC Welfare and Social Bureau deputy chairman R Ramanan was reported to have called for Penang MB Lim GE, his wife and a woman alleged by MCA that he had an affair with to take the lie detector test (read here).

What will politicans dream of nowadays? First, they make wild allegations in Parliament. Then it is presumed to be true by the MSM. The lie detector test is novel and perhaps all BN politicians should take it. Are we living in a “you are guilty until you prove your innocence“? And MCA Gan dare not repeat that allegation outside of Parliament. So who is the scardy cat now? Abusing the Parliamentary freedom of speech with unfounded allegations only for political mileage. Gutter politics is a sign of politicians impoverished of focusing on things that matter. At least

Vell Paari, who is also the party’s public relations and communications chief of MIC, had the decency to disapprove of Ramanan’s crap but stopped short of censuring him.

2. Polls Expenses from 40m to 700m

This must be the age of Malaysian Government printing money where our PM Najib is going around behaving like Santa Claus giving away RM100 there, RM500 here. Then the quarterly request for budget increase for 2012 over what was tabled last year, 30B here and there.

So the Election Commission must have caught the vision from Najib that they too can do the same. They have requested RM700m to conduct the next General Election, the most expensive in history. Obviously, poor Malaysians are not aware that the EC is trying to get into the Malaysian Guinness Book of Records for spending the most in Malaysian history. Malaysia Boleh! (read here).

Who stands to benefit from this out-of-the-world increase in expenses? EC should declare to all Malaysians because they are paying for this.

3. Crime Awareness on the Rise

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June 25, 2012

Malaysia Round Up of Interesting Happenings


Selepas Tsunami (After the Tsunami) by KOMAS.org

This is an excellent video that attempts to show what changes are and have taken place since the 2008 GE 12. It is a 36 minutes video and a very well produced documentary. Click on the link below to check it out.

Selepas Tsunami (After the Tsunami)

Ali Hamsa is a Partisan KSN

In his interview reply to NST, this was what he was reported to have said:

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May 26, 2012

Plead Guilty When You Are Not? Ridiculous!


The Malaysia Insider broke a news by The Wall Street Journal in the Opinion Piece section urging Anwar to plead guilty to civil disobedience to show his disagreement with Najib’s legal reforms. This is one of those times when we wonder what goes on in the heads of such opinion writers who are ill advised and does not know how ridiculous it sounds.

We are not defending Anwar nor justifying his actions but there are fundamental rights he has when facing such charges in court.

First, the WSJ article reads as follows:

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May 5, 2012

Najib says Bersih wants to overthrow the government – He must be joking!


Our PM Najib said some incredible things today. He said that 

The Bersih 3.0 rally was an attempt to topple the government which was elected by the people through a democratic system. (read here)

This is a sign of desperation not knowing how to react to a mega turnout of over 200,000 Malaysians who came in support of Bersih 3.0 DUDUK BANTAH at Dataran Merdeka.

If he had taken the time to read what Bersih 3.0 stood for and saw for himself who actually came to protest, he will be floored completely and he will realise how silly and foolish his statements sound. It is a total INSULT to all the Malaysians who turned out as well as all those who supported in similar Bersih 3.0 protests in over 70 cities around the world. There are millions more Malaysians who weren’t able to join on that day for various reasons.

Mr PM Najib. Did you know there were those who came in their wheelchairs, their crutches, their walking sticks, the elderly, the men and women who wanted a clean and fair election besides the incredible turnout of the younger generation? People from all races came from all over the country to support the Bersih 3.0 demands.

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May 1, 2012

428 Bersih Mayhem – Serious Questions for the Police


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The immediate reaction of BN after 200,000 Malaysians voiced full support for a clean and fair election under Bersih 3.0 was the casting of blame and aspersions on the Opposition. They hijacked Bersih and incited violence. BN used the national dailies to smear Bersih to negate its effects and to neutralize the magnificent solidarity of Malaysians.

We read that it was the Opposition members who breached the barricades. We read of a police car being overturned. We hear of blame squarely placed on Bersih by Muhyiddin. We read of policemen injured. We read of Hishamuddin saying the police acted professionally and the protestors were the unruly ones. We read of Hishamuddin saying taking equipment and memory card from members of the media is Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which has since been contradicted by the IGP.

But,

April 29, 2012

SA Senator Nick Xenophon has been gassed in a crackdown by riot police using teargas to in Kuala Lumpur.


Speaking by mobile phone to AdelaideNow while an armed escort attempts to move his party out of the area as tear gas canisters continue to be launched at protestors, Senator Xenophon said the police “had gone nuts, people are panicking and starting to run”.

Senator Xenophon is in Malaysia with six international delegates at the invitation of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on a fact finding mission to investigate electoral processes including gerrymanders, with an election expected around June.

Senator Xenophon said so far he had been gassed three times and at one stage more than a dozen canisters rained down near him as he tried to leave.

Estimates of the crowd vary, with Senator Xenophon putting it at 200,000 people.

For the full story, read here.

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April 29, 2012

428 Malaysian Spirit


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The Malaysians who thronged the city around Dataran Merdeka and the roads leading to it were peaceful. They sang the national anthem Negara Ku (My Country) and chanted Bersih! Bersih! along the way. There were grandpas, grandmas, papas, mamas, sons and daughters including some who came in their wheelchairs joining forces in full solidarity together. They were from all racial communities and included a number of foreign visitors who joined in.

And they were a truly peaceful bunch of friendly people in the true Malaysian muhibbah spirit enjoying themselves. They were only there for a clean and fair election. They were having fun.

Here are some interesting pictures contributed by many people who were there at the duduk bantah yesterday! Hope it puts a smile on your faces.

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Golly gee! High platform sandals are back in fashion.

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April 29, 2012

428 Magnificent Day for Malaysians


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Malaysians thronged KL city at 6 locations and slowly proceeded towards Dataran Merdeka for a peaceful sit down protest. The police estimated 25,000 but Bersih estimated 250,000. Those who were there today believes there are at the very least well over 100,000 Malaysians who gave their voices and presence to call for a clean and fair election.

The police shot tear gas and chemical laced water at protestors towards the end of the duduk bantah event claiming protestors broke through the barricades. The ugly and indiscriminate firing of tear gas gave Malaysian a bad taste believing that there was no reason to retaliate that way. The police actually moved into the city to clear the protestors even though they were already dispersed.

Regardless of any trouble makers in crowds of such immense proportions, Malaysians have clearly sent a signal to our PM Najib very loud and very clear that they want a clean and fair election. It is evident that the PAC report did not go down well with Malaysians as it did not fix the problems but made it worse. Most demands were ignored or made it easier for fraud to happen.

Will the Government listen and heed the demands to make the changes before the next General Election?

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April 26, 2012

Make a date, Malaysia – It’s 428


It is 2 days before 428 (April 28). Saturday is the date for Bersih 3.0 themed “Duduk Bantah” at Dataran Merdeka at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The Home Minister Hishamuddin has underscored that they have learnt not to repeat the past reactions towards Bersih and that Bersih 3.0 is of no threat to the country. In fact, he proudly declared that it will have no traction with the people. A high court judge has asked of Hishamuddin regarding his change of stance towards Bersih that he “banned” Bersih 2.0 but “permitted” Bersih 3.0. He might just witness a milestone event beyond his imagination totally contrary to his wish.

Strangely, the Police has rejected the application by Bersih 3.0 to hold the rally and KL Mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail has had a confrontation with the organizers of Bersih in a meeting recently. He held a press conference and positioned himself as the saint that if any chaos happen, it will be blamed on Bersih. What a nerve he has to forget that he is a civil servant and that means a servant of the people who pays his salary. It is very sad that Malaysian leaders have long forgotten the service to the people and have fallen in line with service to the political party. Dataran Merdeka belongs to the people. What would Tunku Abdul Rahman say in back in 1957 if we had a KL Mayor like Ahmad Fuad.

To date, besides Kuala Lumpur, there are 71 other sites around Malaysia and around the world that will hold Bersih 3.0 rallies. Well, 72 if you count Mount Everest as a location (in Nepal) (read here). This will break new ground of global Bersih coverage by Malaysians around the world and judging by what happened in Bersih 2.0, we will find friends of Malaysians joining in as well to stand with all of us in solidarity.

Why is this happening?

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April 5, 2012

Hindraf Missing The Point


Hindraf’s participation in the upcoming Bersih 3.0 rally will depend on the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat’s response to an invitation it extended yesterday.

Hindraf had yesterday invited Opposition Leader and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to outline plans for Indian poor in the first 100 days if Pakatan Rakyat forms the next federal government. (read here).

Hindraf has missed the point. They are still obsessed with the Indian poor. They are forcing the issue to focus on the Indian poor. Instead, they should demand Pakatan Rakyat how they are going to help the Malaysian poor which includes the Indians as well.

We don’t want another NEP with special focus on the Indians. We want the right NEP spirit, concept and actions for ALL Malaysians.

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