Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Weapons Used to Overthrow the Government

This attempt to paint Bersih 3.0 as a revolution is comical. If you have seen the Malaysians who came for Bersih 3.0, "revolution" will be the last thing on participants’ minds. Let me repeat for the benefit of people like Najib and Mahathir who have demonstrated how stupid they really are! Bersih 3.0’s objectives are simple to understand and they’re so far removed from the objectives of the Egyptians who had massed at Tahrir Square. The two events were certainly not the same – but then, I had clearly underestimated our leaders’ brainlessness. They are not stupid; actually they are even stupider than I had initially thought.

Bersih 3.0, the third protest was organized to demand commitment from the government to ensure that the coming polls are clean and conducted fairly. In Egypt, Tahrir Square was the focal point of the nation’s revolution, where thousands occupied the venue for days to rally for the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Then, UMNO manipulated the National Fatwa Council by getting them to issue an edict (fatwa) banning Muslims from participating in unproductive and unlawful assemblies (read, anti-government). I’m also not sure what purpose is served by using former police chiefs to suggest that Bersih 3.0 is dangerous! As if Malaysians will fall for this ploy in the first place.

PAS is dismissing the fatwa, saying that it reflects narrow-thinking. The Islamist party also point out that Bersih 3.0’s objectives are good and demonstrators had not participated to spread violence as they were only armed with bottles of water and salt instead of weapons. And if I may add, towels too.

Malaysians already know that all these are just UMNO’s har-har attempts to stifle dissent. Pitiful really.

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