Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bersih 8T Concert

Image credit: http://cj.my/post/77666/photo-blog-konsert-bersih/

Electoral reforms movement Bersih 2.0 collected over RM13,000 in donations from the public during its fundraising concert for clean and free elections at the Kelana Jaya stadium here on Saturday. Bersih co-chair A Samad Said told the audience that the funds collected will be used in its fight to ensure the government fulfills its eight demands for free and fair elections.

“We will not succeed without all your help,” the national laureate had said.

Despite the incessant drizzle throughout the day, the seven-hour gig featuring over a dozen performances still drew a crowd of about eight hundred participants, most of them being Bersih supporters. Even if it was a smallish crowd, the attendees were having fun and they were seen clapping, singing and occasionally even dancing along with songs.

The Bersih 8T concert was held to express the movement’s disappointment as its eight demands have not been fully implemented by the government. Bersih 2.0 had previously organised three mass rallies here to demand for clean and fair elections, with the third one Bersih 3.0 held this April.

It’s time that the Bersih steering committee realizes that the government is never going to take it seriously and doesn’t give a shit about the Bersih demands. The way forward is another mammoth rally that is even bigger than Bersih 3.0! Are you up to it, Ambiga?

The government in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has now dropped sedition charges against anti-corruption cartoonist Aseem Trivedi – as reported in my September 13, 2012 blogpost at this link http://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2012/09/indian-cartoonists-arrest-sparks-free.html. It’s good to know that the Indian authorities did finally manage to recover their missing brains.

Last evening, I was at Bandar Puteri in Puchong to attend the Puchong English Toastmasters meeting. This is a ‘new’ club that was born from the smouldering ashes of Les Francophone Toastmasters Club and if you go back further in time, it originally existed as the PJ Hilton Toastmasters Club. Anyway, I was the General Evaluator and fellow Toastmaster Lee Tong Fong arranged this visit! And yes, I have enjoyed the meeting and I am going to give it a score of a 7.5 over 10. BTW, the meeting started three minutes late!

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