Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are you listening, Najib?

I peeled my eyes away from the stockpile of BMB2206 exam scripts on my desk and they settled on this news about yesterday’s public discourse between the Election Commission and the Bersih 2.0 chairperson, titled “What next after July 9” organized by the Karangkraf group.

I guffawed when the EC deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar absolved himself and his colleagues of any responsibility towards electoral reforms amid boos and jeers. I rolled on the floor for a whole sixteen seconds laughing my head off when this same clown said the EC is powerless to act or implement any of Bersih’s demands, and that only the “government of the day” has the final say on the electoral laws in the country. And when I went back to my chair, I chuckled again when Wan Ahmad advised Bersih to discuss their concerns with the federal government, repeatedly stating that the EC had no powers to amend laws. By then, tears were flowing freely down my cheeks. I didn’t know whether I was laughing or crying.

The truth is out! The EC is impotent. So what has the government got to say about this? Malaysians are clamouring for electoral reforms. Malaysians want clean and fair elections. Bersih’s message is clear and resounding. Are you listening, Najib?

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