Wednesday, April 04, 2012

BERSIH 3.0

I just read that the 3rd people's rally (it will be a sit-in this time) to express their discontentment over the reluctance by the government to implement the major electoral reforms demanded by BERSIH 2.0 will be held at the iconic Dataran Merdeka on April 28. Report HERE. This time it will be held nationwide simultaneously. And the government immediately issue a statement HERE condemning it and declaring its illegality. Why is the government refusing to engage but prefer to confront dissenting views and rights? The world over this approach has been proven to guarantee either a revolt, violent repercussions or civil riots to demonstrate the anger against the authority. Coming very close to the 13th general election (speculated to be as early as June this year, otherwise September) the Najib administration will be very foolish to use force and reject the rights of BERSIH 3.0 to protest publicly.

If Najib is hoping for the right wind to fly his kite (i.e. waiting for the opportune moment to call for election) let me say that suppressing BERSIH 3.0 is akin to killing his timing, which window is getting narrower. My advice is sit down and talk and don't be domineering. The right to govern is bestowed by the people and is not guaranteed.

A balanced commentary can be found HERE.

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