When I read THIS morning report fear curled up inside me as I await the dreaded confrontation next Saturday afternoon as two forces or more are set to face each other. The BERSIH demonstrators claimed theirs will be a peaceful march. However, all it take is some instigation to set a chain reaction that can jeopardize the event out of control that the police will find it necessary to start firing their water cannons and tear gas. People will be certainly be injured, lives may even be lost. Most certainly the event will attract international coverage and whether the march ends without untoward incident or not, Malaysia will find herself in the news again for the wrong reasons. Stock market, investor confidence and tourism will surely be affected.
It is not too late to reconsider a permit but the ultimatum appear intractable. The bridge had been burned and the stage set for a face off. Why is it necessary to arrive at this blockage? Are there no real solutions in sight? Just give the marchers a route inside the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex under police supervision for 2 hours and the event will fizzled out. Do not play with human emotion. It has been shown to be lethal and powerful enough to down a government or dictator.
Update July 4. Further to the King's advice to both BERSIH and the government to negotiate a solution Najib offered THIS solution. Why has it got to be commanded by the King to have this option given?
Another support for using a stadium HERE.