Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Great BN Volte-face

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim closed the door on Bersih 2.0 to hold their rally in Kuala Lumpur. Rais had said the cabinet decision to bar Bersih from rallying in the city stadiums was because Bersih was not registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and safety concerns. He added that Bersih should seek out other stadiums or locations such as Kelantan or Selangor to hold their assembly this Saturday.

His equally moronic colleague, Hishammuddin Hussein was also quoted to have said that Bersih is still illegal. "Just because they met with the King does not mean they are no longer illegal" - he imperiously declared, and in effect, thumbing his nose at the King.

And Najib weaseled out of his offer of a stadium for the Bersih rally by now claiming that his offer was made on behalf of his government but that the final decision lay with the police.

So this is how BN politicians "main wayang" - play their political game, just so they can thwart Bersih. Doesn't all of the above go against the King's advice? Isn't this a display of disrespect to the King? So daring lah they!

It is good to know that Bersih is standing firm. "Bersih 2.0 is disappointed in the manner in which the Prime Minister and his cabinet (have) reneged on their offer to provide a stadium for us to hold our peaceful gathering," said the group in a statement signed by all 14 members of their steering committee. The truth is now self-evident.

"Whatever happens between now and then, the rakyat will gather peacefully in an orderly fashion to call for clean and fair elections at Stadium Merdeka on the 9th of July at 2 PM". Bersih announced: "We are coming, we will be peaceful and together, we will build a better Malaysia".

Malaysians shall remember Bersih as the people fighting for free and fair elections and the BN government as the people fearfully frightened of free and fair elections!

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