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Old 10-07-2011, 06:13 PM
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All the BN controlled newspapers are against the rally

Chua: Bersih’s protests make no sense


Sunday July 10, 2011
The game is over, time for everybody to move on


Sunday July 10, 2011
No winners, just losers


Sunday July 10, 2011
Hisham: Illegal rally groups ignored King’s advice



No winner in this madness http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles//2bek/Article/#ixzz1RfPCrdPU

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Old 10-07-2011, 06:22 PM
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This is what East Malaysia newspaper said about the rally


A tribute to brave Malaysians

by Zaharom Nain. Posted on July 10, 2011, Sunday

IT could have come and gone with a minimum of fuss.

Indeed, in the overall scheme of things, many probably would have missed it or, at best, dismissed it as just another futile exercise, based on the misinformation provided by the mainstream media.

But, as I write this while events unfold on Saturday, July 9, 2011, the culmination of Bersih 2.0’s campaign is fast taking shape in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

By the time you read this, report after report would have been churned out by a compliant and pathetic mainstream media about how brilliant our boys (and girls) in blue were.

How they managed to save us all from all manner of threats from jealous foreign powers, Christian groups and, rightly of course, long-dead communists and their ideologies. The only thing missing from all this would be how our forces saved us from an added invasion from Mars.

But, really, the facts speak differently.

For all the demonisation it had to endure, Bersih 2.0 just had eight requests:

1. Clean up the electoral roll to address irregularities.
2. Reform postal voting.
3. Use indelible ink.
4. Establish a minimum campaign period of 21 days.
5. Ensure free and fair access for all political parties to the media.
6. Strengthen public institutions.
7. Get rid of corruption.
8. Put a stop to dirty politics.

And, really, how could any decent Malaysian have problems with any of the above?

The campaign had absolutely nothing to do with race, Malay rights and privileges, overthrowing the government or waging war against the Agong.

But, it was depicted that way by self-serving groups and individuals. And, of course, the mainstream Semenanjung media.

Unfortunately for them, in trying to silence what many could see initially as a plaintive plea from concerned Malaysians, the powers that be – and their idiotic minions – elevated Bersih and its cause to heights that their leaders and followers could not have dreamed of.

And as the sun set on Kuala Lumpur, and the numbers arrested increased to about 1,000, some things are clear.

First, this has been a massive public relations disaster for the state. A simple message that was, indeed, reportedly acceptable for the Agong, that could have been accepted quietly with grace by purported leaders, unfortunately for them, has become a clarion call simply because of overkill, of sledgehammer tactics being used to silence these voices.

Indeed, when you have eyewitness reports that the authorities fired tear gas directly into the crowd, and receive YouTube images of demonstrators being kicked and punched while on the ground, you tend to question the use of all these strong-arm tactics in a democratic society. Or one that proclaims to be.

Second, in this age of the Internet, you may try to lock down a whole city (causing much loss of income for ordinary folk working in the city, among other things), but there is very little you can do about the other coordinated rallies in other parts of the world.

There was even one in Singapore, for heaven’s sake. And it certainly wasn’t tear gassed.

Third, the words ‘honour’ and ‘honesty’ appear to have disappeared from the lexicon of many of our highest leaders. Assuming, of course, they were there in the first place.

I’m sure, as children, you, like me, were constantly reminded by your parents, religious leaders and teachers never to lie.

It wasn’t about the fear of getting caught. It was about growing up to be honourable human beings; it was about dignity, about separating us from the rest of the animal kingdom.

But now we have seen the very people who should be setting an example blatantly lying through their teeth and not keeping word.

In so doing, for me at least, they have lost the moral authority to lead. They have lost all honour.

And, believe you me, these are things that people are not about to ‘lupa’.

Fourth, the patriots succeeded in making utter ninnies of themselves. Even the most generous of reports I’ve read so far said their number was less than 500. And they were giving away free T-shirts.

The report that brought a smile to my face was that they marched for 200 metres, stopped, declared this to be a moral victory, and dispersed.

Yeah, moral victory indeed.

Fifth, and more seriously, assuming that all the news reports are right – and virtually all that I have read have been consistent – what are we to make of the contradictory responses of politicians to the call by Malaysia’s head of state, the Agong?

I’m sure you read, as I did, that the King had asked for all parties to come together for discussions. And Bersih’s representatives certainly wanted to comply with that.

So who really was not following the King’s advice? As if we all don’t know.

I hope, and I’m not holding my breath here, that the authorities will eat humble pie and learn from this.

There’s no sense in going into denial mode, because there are just too many people – and many of them young – who are now more aware of their rights and are hooked up via new media.

And they are not afraid to practise those rights. Like the many brave ones on the streets of KL on July 9, 2011.

Comments can reach the writer via columnists@theborneopost.com.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 11— The government will take action against local and foreign media if they had provided false or inaccurate reports of the Bersih rally, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

The Home Minister said that police were viewing all recordings of the rally, following allegations of police brutality by Bersih supporters and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders.

Hishamuddin said action would also be taken against online media and bloggers if they had posted false reports.
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Bersih rally shows May 13 ‘bogeyman’ buried, says Bar Council

By Clara ChooiJuly
12, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — The Bar Council today said that Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally had shown that the “bogeyman” of the May 13, 1969, race riot has been buried and will no longer be feared by Malaysians.

Its president Lim Chee Wee told a press conference here that although the spectre of the violent racial clash had been raised prior to the rally, Malaysians had still dared to gather in the streets of the capital here to march for free and fair elections. While stressing that the council was apolitical, Lim observed that the thousands who thronged the city on Saturday had not instigated violence against one another or turned the gathering racial.

“The outcome of the (Bar Council’s) monitoring exercise demonstrates that people in Malaysia are mature and peace-loving when championing a cause they believe in.

“The rally participants generally behaved in a peaceful and calm manner; most importantly, we witnessed that people from a wide variety of backgrounds across Malaysia participated in this rally withut any conflict.. this is contrary to the fear of possible racial disharmony or riots, expressed by certain irresponsible public figures,” he said.

Before the rally, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali earned much criticism from the opposition when he told the Chinese community to stay home and stock up on food on Saturday.

Lim noted that chaos had only broken out on the streets of the capital when police launched tear gas canisters and water cannons at protestors to break the crowd, a move which he said was unwarranted.

“They must recognise that Malaysians are by nature a peaceful group. We have moved far ahead of 1969... the bogeyman of 1969 has been buried. It does not exist in the minds and hearts of Malaysians today.

“Which is why all eyewitness accounts say that Saturday was peaceful,” he said.

Bersih 2.0, the now-outlawed coalition of 62 non-governmental organisation, held at march on Saturday to call for free and fair elections and drew a mixed crowd of thousands to the city centre.

Chaos however broke out at about midday when the police fired tear gas and water cannons to break up the crowd and made random arrests of over 1,600 people, saying that they had wrongfully participated in an illegal rally.

Mixed sentiments have emerged from the tumultuous event with the Najib administration playing down the turnout and saying that the police had acted lawfully, while Bersih 2.0 and the opposition declared it a successful rally that drew nearly 50,000 people.

On social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, thousands of people have been posting up comments in support of the rally and sharing their personal accounts, pictures and videos of the event.
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Malaysian government runs scared

Demonstration by groups demanding electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur is met with harsh reaction from police


Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his National Front government that has ruled the country for 54 years are exhibiting acute anxiety as new elections approach.

A demonstration on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur by a coalition of opposition and civil society groups demanding electoral reform was dealt with by the authorities far more harshly than the situation appears to have warranted.

The authorities' swift recourse to riot squads, volleys of tear gas, water cannon and the arrest of 1,600 people, is being widely seen as evidence of the National Front's fear it may be defeated in elections that must be held by 2013.

At the same time, reports from Paris say French prosecutors are near the end of their investigation of allegedly corrupt payments of $200 million involved in the $2-billion sale to Malaysia of Scorpene submarines by French arms manufacturer DCNS in 2002.

Najib was defence minister at the time and the $200 million was paid to a company controlled by some of his closest associates and advisers.

There is also the question of whether the murder of Mongolian model and translator, Altantuya Sharriibuu, the mistress of Najib's chief negotiator on the submarine deal, is linked to the scandal.

Two of Najib's bodyguards have been convicted of murdering Altantuya. Their appeal against their conviction and sentence that they be hanged is due to be heard shortly after a twoyear delay.

With these storm clouds gathering it is understandable that Najib may be fretful as he contemplates his first election since taking over as prime minister in April 2009 and assuming the leadership of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the dominant party in the National Front governing coalition.

Najib took over from Abdullah Badawi, who oversaw the ruling coalition, when in the 2008 elections it lost for the first time its two-thirds majority in parliament.

Provincial elections also saw parties of the opposition People's Alliance win control of five of Malaysia's 13 states.

Abdullah's lacklustre performance and departure followed a massive opposition rally in 2007 by a group called Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, which also organized Saturday's march in Kuala Lumpur.

The group contends Malaysia's elections are far from free and fair because of inadequate voter registration lists, widespread fraud and gerrymandering of constituencies.

It wants wholesale reform of the process, including guaranteed access to government-linked media for opposition parties.

The Najib government's anxiety about this demonstration has been evident for several weeks. The human rights organization Amnesty International has described the response to the protest and the events leading up to it as "the worst campaign of repression we've seen in decades."

Over the last two weeks police have detained more than 200 people nationwide for trying to promote the rally, which was banned by the authorities.

Early last week, there was an unusual intervention by Malaysia's king, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who got demonstration leaders to agree to hold their rally in Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Stadium.

The Najib government at first agreed to this compromise, but then changed its mind and reinforced the ban. Merdeka Stadium management said the facility was not available because it is still being renovated after a Justin Bieber concert in April.

To reinforce the ban, police cordoned off the centre of Kuala Lumpur on Friday evening, sealed off roads, closed railways stations and deployed water cannon trucks in readiness.

However, somehow thousands of people evaded these attempts to thwart them.

Exactly how many people took part is unclear. The authorities say it was only 6,000 or so. The organizers say it was 50,000. Independent observers put the number at from 10,000 to 20,000.

What is not in dispute is that they were given no leeway and were met with volleys of tear gas and chemicallaced water from the start.

Among those injured was Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the opposition People's Alliance, who warned the Najib government will face an "hibiscus revolution" -the hibiscus is Malaysia's national flower -unless there is reform.

Najib's state of mind is evident in his response.

"Don't doubt our strength," he said. "If we want to create chaos, we can. UMNO [his party] has three million members. If we gather one million members, it is more than enough. We can conquer Kuala Lumpur."

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