Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bersih 2.0 is still banned

I was at 3rd Mile Square in Jalan Kelang Lama yesterday to attend the Money & You Toastmasters meeting. I took on two roles, that of speech evaluator and grammarian. This meeting saw worthy speakers and evaluators such as Jo-Yee (she was voted Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Assignment Speaker) and How Yee (Best Evaluator), and even Gerald Wee and Jessica Low impressed although they kinda floundered on the speech objectives. As usual, this merry gang of Toastmasters were zingy, zippy and zappy and this ensured everybody who came to enjoy themselves immensely. This meeting earns a score of 8 over 10.

Putrajaya has steadfastly refused to lift the ban on Bersih 2.0 despite promising to implement electoral reform demands, insisting tthat the coalition had attempted to “topple the government”! Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, in a written reply to Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan yesterday charged Bersih for creating unrest and propagating fear among Malaysians while tarnishing the country’s image (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajaya-keeps-bersih-out-in-cold-despite-reforms-embrace/, published October 03, 2011). He had previously declared Bersih an illegal organization according to Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966.

If Ambiga has been expecting the government to mellow – well, she will be dismayed because the BN government is showing their obstinancy by refusing to budge from their hard-line stance. They are unbending, uncompromising and unyielding.

Ambiga should not be too trusting and even naïve to believe that BN will be nice to Bersih. They are just snakes in the grass. They are deceitful, treacherous and two-timing. Malaysians, please, wise up! There is hope still but we must act urgently and quickly. When the election visits us, please vote out BN for a better Malaysia!

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