THE TRAIL OF AMBITION
ANGKA EMPAT BAGI ORANG CHINA
1. Empat, 4 atau 'four' dalam bahasa Mandarin dan bahasa-bahasa daerah di China bererti mati, 'si' atau 'dead'. Itulah sebabnya bila berlakunya demonstrasi di Beijing dielakkan dari dimulai pada 6 April atau 6/4 atau "Lak Si' atau 'pukul mati' atau 'pukul sampai mati', tetapi ianya diikuti dengan tindakan kerajaan China pada 4 June atau 4/6 atau 'Si Lak' yang bererti 'Mati Dipukul' atau 'Mati Kena Pukul'.. Ratusan ribu rakyat China yang berdemonstrasi pada waktu itu telah mati dibunuh samaada kerana dipukul atau ditembak sehingga mati.
2. Takkanlah di Malaysia rakyatnya hendakkan kejadian seperti itu berlaku. Kerajaan pimpinan Melayu tidaklah sekejam itu.
3. Sebelum matinya 'bersih', atau Bersih 4 yang bererti 'Bersih Mati', dan penuh muka-surat media cetak dan eloktronik dikotori dengan 'bersih', kerana banyak longgokan laporan perjalanan mahkamah mengenainya, yang mengambil alih perjalanan kes-kes sodomi, yang membosankan, yang membuat sodomi jadi popular, elok juga kita dahulukan dengan 'talqin sebelum mati' supaya siapa pun akan mengetahui sejarah yang membawa kepada sifat kurang sopan yang ditunjukkan oleh pelaku demonstrasi 'bersih' khususnya tokoh-tokoh yang disokong oleh para demonstran 'bersih' itu.
4. Bila saya bertanya pada seorang anak kenalan saya, yang wataknya saya perhatikan ada potensi melakukan kecurangan terhadap masyarakat, berasaskan sikap menunjuk-nunjuk sombong beraninya yang tidak berketentuan terhadap sasaran, maka dia menjawab, 'Tak mengapa, kita ada Karpal.' Bila saya tanya atas kemungkinan Karpal tidak ambil kes yang tidak mahal nilainya dan tidak tinggi tahap sensasi dan publisitinya anak rakan saya menjawab 'Tak apa, ada banyak profesyenal lain terdiri dari peguam-peguam pesara kerajaan,' yang akan membela siapa saja jika bayarannya lumayan.
5. Dalam 'pre-emptive talqin' ini saya akan coba menurunkan pandangan saya atas punca berlakunya DETIPAN atau 'Demonstrasi Tidak Sopan' jika kita tiru cara orang Indonesia menamakan sesuatu perkara, jawatan atau kejadian. Saingan atau guru kita dalam bidang berdemonstrasi dan kebebasan bolehlah kita contohi Indonesia kerana di sana ukuran majunya demokrasi dan kebebasan itu, mengikut pendapat sesetengah tokoh yang saya kenal di Jakarta, ialah dengan adanya banyak demontrasi.
6. Itulah sebabnya tidak ada demokrasi di negara yang maju dan aman kerana tidak sering berdemonstrasi. Malahan negara 'Greece', di mana bermulanya demokrasi, pun sudah muflis kerana tidak ada demonstrasi. Sekarang rakyat negara Greece perlu berdemonstrasi untuk memulihkan ekonominya. Dengan itu para demonstran dapat memulihkan ekonomi Greece kerana demonstrasilah, dan bukan rancangan pembangunan negara, yang akan membangunkan ekonomi Greece.
7. Mungkin itulah sebabnya ada peniaga yang menempatkan gerainya di depan rumah Ambiga, sebagai tanda terima kasih, kerana dengan berdemonstrasi, yang dipimpin oleh Ambiga, banyak pelabur yang akan datang ke negara kita sehingga ekonomi negara kita akan bertambah baik. Begitu juga ekonomi penjual burger.
8. Jika orang bertanya kepada saya di manakah puncanya penyakit 'bersih' ini, maka jawapannya ialah 'Kerana Orang Tidak Takut, Segan dan Hormat' lagi pemimpin-pemimpin Melayu.
9. Begitulah mulanya.
10. 'Entry' atau masukan blog mengenai 'bersih' ini saya turunkan dalam bahasa Inggeris kerana ramai juga Mat Salleh yang kenal saya, termasuk yang tinggal di sekitar Samudera Atlantic dan Pacific yang bertanya 'What Is Happening? Why Is Clean So Dirty'. Begitulah bunyi smsnya.
11. Tetapi, tak bolehlah saya tulis bahagian pengenalan ini dalam bahasa Inggeris kerana saya juga Melayu dan malu apabila kepimpinan bangsa saya tidak dipedulikan orang lain.
MR CLEAN TOOK OVER ('clean' means 'bersih' in Malay)
12. Tun Dr. Mahathir resigned from his post as Prime Minister of Malaysia on 31st October, 2003 after which Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi succeeded him to become the 5th Prime Minister. Tun Abdullah was called 'Mr. Clean' or 'Encik Bersih' if literally translated.
13. As Tun Dr. Mahathir willingly took away with him, deservingly or not, all the remaining blames and the causes of criticisms and unhappiness against the The Alliance and subsequently the BN or Barisan Nasional (National Front) government, up to the end of his period, Tun Abdullah sought a new mandate to govern by calling for a general election, in a vibrant mood.
THUMPING VICTORY IN 2004
14. With beautiful slogans and media pronouncements of hope Mr. Clean or 'Encik Bersih' won the 11th General Election with thumping victory. Besides retaining the 2/3 majority it was said to be the best performance for the BN or Barisan Nasional party since the 1969 General Election.
15. The election held in 2004 was the 11th General Election.
AFTER THE 11TH GENERAL ELECTION IN 2004
16. The frustrated Pakatan Rakyat opposition party, after being thrashed in the 2004 11th General Election had then to plan for the next election, i.e. the 12th General Election in 2008.
17. As Mr. Clean won gloriously in the 11th General Election, the only way to defeat the BN in the 12th General Election is to turn, if not Mr. Clean to be dirty, then the BN government, particularly the important departments, to be shown as being 'dirty'. The Election Commission was chosen in the hope that by discrediting the election commission, as not being clean or 'Bersih', then the legitimacy of the elected government is questionable.
ABDULLAH AN ASSET TO THE OPPOSITION
18. As the BN's victory of 2004 was a result, not of the ability or performance but of the 'clean' or 'bersih' image and perception of the Prime Minister, the word 'clean' or 'bersih' itself became the target of the opposition and must then be turned or reversed against the government. But as Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's government, within a period of 2 years, was making a lot of mistakes and was steadily becoming unpopular, and even those who earlier voted for the BN were prone to take part in any demonstration against the government, in order to show their displeasure, without really caring for the theme of the rally..
HATED BUT NOR FEARED
19. It was reported that the boys on the 4th Floor, of the Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya, were so dominating that, being intellectuals, they forgot or maybe confused of what Machiavelli preached that it is 'better to be feared than to be loved' which they must have misunderstood to mean 'better to be 'hated rather than feared.' The relevant members of the public hated and not feared the 4th Floor boys. This hatred showed its effect in subsequent election.
20. In preparation for the 2008 12th General Election the opposition found a suitable candidate in Dato' Ambiga to provide the leadership for a protest against the government of the day. Being an unmarried Indian legal activist, she has the brain, the time and enough dissatisfaction with her lonely, single and childless life, as to be the most suitable choice. Her rebellious spirit was provided with a cause which would bring the yet not so welknown Ambiga to international fame. Why not?
21. Dato' Ambiga was tasked to fight for something clean to show that the government, particularly Tun Abdullah's government, was not a clean government but a dirty government after all, despite Tun Abdullah being crowned as 'Mr. Clean'. The issues must be chosen which could be popularised among the voters.
22. Joseph Stalin once said that in an election 'It's not the people who vote that count; it's the people who counts the votes'. Was it Stalin again who said something like 'winning a court case depends on the judge you choose.' Others might think that justice depends on how much money you have.
23. It was probably with this background that the Election Commission was accused of mismanaging the election, probably counting wrongly or meddling with the list of voters.
24. It must be shown that the defeat of the Pakatan Rakyat in 2004 was not because of the voters' wisdom in choosing a BN government but because of the dirty Election Commission under the leadership of 'Mr. Bersih'. This accusation is of course sheer rubbish as, whatever be wanting in the Prime Minister, he was certainly bersih in the case of not having the guts to interfere with the work of the Election Commission.
25. At this juncture, despite all the mistakes committed by the BN governments the Pakatan Rakyat believed that the BN would still win the coming 2008 12th General Election.
26. Or more than that. The struggle for the takeover of Putrajaya should be intensified.
27. A demonstration has therefore to be staged to prove that when the Pakatan Rakyat eventually loses the coming 12th General Election, after badly losing the 11th, then there is a ready predictable reason: because of the dirty practices of the Election Commission. In that case more demonstrations can be organised maybe up to the level of the Arab Spring whereby the government is overthrown, possibly with foreign support or even intervention.
28. The conclusion was that the dirty Election Commission need to be BERSIH or diBERSIHkan. Therefore the BERSIH 1 rally was staged.
29. On 23 November, 2006, about 2 years after the Pakatan Rakyat's defeat in the 2004 11th General Election, a 'Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections' or 'Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil or Bersih' was formed.
30. The aim of this NGO was to organise a demonstration and make the following demands:
30.1. Clean up of the electoral roll
30.2. Use of indelible ink
30.3. Abolition of postal voting for military and police personnel
30.4. Free and fair access to mass media for all parties
31. The first demonstration was held on 10th November, 2007, about three years after the defeat of the opposition in the 11th General Election. An estimate of about 100,000 to 400,000 participants turned out, the figure depends on who was good at counting ( as Stalin said ).
32. Looking at the words elections, adil, electoral roll, voting, mass media and parties (political) as marked red above it is obvious that the opposition, particularly the Anwar's family led Parti Keadilan Rakyat, was expecting an unfavourable result in the coming 12th General Election and planned to put the blame on non-Bersih election machinery.
33. It was obvious that this 10th November, 2007 demonstration had massive participation as the Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (now a Tun) at that time was growing increasingly unpopular by the day.
34. It then became a multi-purpose rally and not merely an attack on the Election Commission.
35. Three professionals comprising of 2 doctors and an accountant stayed at a guest-house in Bangsar and informed the manager that they came to participate from as far away as Alor Setar, to protest over nothing related to the election. A protest anyway. Even the known pro-government NGOs were participating in the Ambiga-led rally.
BARISAN NASIONAL'S FALL IN 2008
36. It was Dato' Seri Abdullah's and his unacceptable family records which brought down the BN in 4 states plus the Federal Territory in the 12th General Election in 2008. Even traditional Barisan National supporters and substantial number of UMNO members voted for the opposition. This is a known fact.
37. In expectation of a poor performance, in the forthcoming 12th General Election, Parti Keadilan Rakyat did not field quality cadidates. That is why they find it difficult to position their elected representatives into office where they took over the state governments.
38. These winnings by Pakatan Rakyat was an unexpected, but pleasant, surprise for Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim but it is also unfortunate for him that it nullified the implication of the predicted unfair election as projected the previous year in the Bersih 1 rally.
39. In such a case, if the logic of the Bersih 1 rally was to be accepted than the election was rigged in favour of the opposition. It should then be the ruling Barisan National who should demonstrate against the supposedly unclean Election Commission.
40. All the logic and conclusions ignore the fact that it was the people who voted and that it is not possible for the Election Commission to favour any side, without being known, as not all members of the election machinery are government supporters.
41. Such accusation in the demands of Bersih 1 rally would have also meant that Pakatan Rakyat was unfairly, wrongly and dirtily voted into the richer states where they won.
LET A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM
42. However, writers for the opposition, and biased analysts, even those who have been grudging against the state, federal, Alliance and Barisan National governments would like to believe that the Pakatan Rakyat's reform was taking effect, but the Pakatan Rakyat's leaders and the other veterans know better. Many books have been written bringing out the dirts found in the government. Similar books could also be written by government supporters against personalities in the opposition. inclusive of those who have spent some time in high office in the higher echelon in the government. The more such books the merrier.
43. These writers and critics are actually against anything dominated by the Malays and the indeginuous Bumiputras just like the Red Indians were gruding against the domination of the European immigrants in their country; and the Scots are grudging against the English dominating Great Britain. Except that in the case of Malaysia the dominating Bumiputras are not of immigrant desent.
44. Our monarchy, as in my last blog entry, will always be Malays. It is the symbol of 'Ketuanan Melayu' This monarchy is protected by the constitution which is in turn interpreted, confirmed and defended by the Judiciary. The police is responsible for internal security of the country and the army of the armed forces are ensuring that the country is safe from external threats. The state and federal civil services run the country with the customs and Income Tax Department funding the government machinery. These institutions are dominated by the Malays and Bumiputras.
45. It is little wonder that such issue as the Sultan of Johoore's car plate number WWW 1 was raised as an effort to demoralise the monarchy; section 153 of the constitution is regarded as evidence of injustice; attempts are made to discredit the judiciary by such attempts as to disqualify the judges from hearing any court case; the police is accused of being brutal when trying to keep peace at any demonstation; questions are raised on purchases of sub-marines by the navy; the election commission, as part of the civil service, is continuously attacked by the 2As (Anwar and Ambiga).
46. How does one destroy this so-called uneconomical 'Malay Dominance'. No one can but the Malays themselves. The Malays must be used to destroy the Malays as you can only cut a diamond with another diamond.
47. There are two weaknesses in the Malay psychy which could be the cause for Malay disunity. These are 'amok' and 'latah'. I read a book, but was short of money to buy at that time, at Foyles book-shop in London which describes 'latah'. A University Malaya professor, I have forgotten his name, once informed an audience that the only other ethnic race in the world that has the 'latah' instinct is the Eskimo in Greenland. As to 'amok' we are similar to the Koreans who do 'amok' when their 'kibun' or pride is effected.
48. Short of a better definition I would say that a Malay can be provoked into 'latah', if he carries that habit, and forget the harm it can cause on himself or herself. In Greenland many Eskimos were said to have jumped into the holes in the ice platform when they get into a trance and loses their fear of the danger that can be caused on themselves. There was a case in South Korea some time ago when a young pilot just flew an aeroplane into China for no good reason. That was the 'amok' phenomena.
49. While 'latah' can cause harm on oneself, 'amok' can harm others. We do read in history that individual Malay heroes went on their own to kill a British officers or soldiers knowning full well the end would be their own death. This degree of heroism is tempered by the 'amok' spirit.
50. On a political level 'latah' can be disseminated by great oratory and if done professionally can lead to 'amok' which in turn leads to the destruction of the Malays themselves. A 'latah' individual will forget his or her own security and a person in 'amok' spirit can cause harm on others.
51. You can see 'latah' and 'amok' in the dirty 'bersih' fiasco during the demonstration. It is these two qualities, if expertly manupulated by ambitious personalities, who are blinded by their own grudges and ambitions, which can be used by others, who would like to destroy Malay dominance, as potentials for the recruitment of cndidates in their battle.
52. The hatred that has been generated against the Alliance and Barisan National governments is cumulative. One cannot accumulate health but can accumulate diseases.
53. It is impossible and unhuman for any government in the world, that has ruled for over many years, not to have made mistakes, big and small. Even in a family of 5 you will see mistakes made by parents and children as we are not perfect human beings.
DO NOTHING TO AVOID MAKING MISTAKES
54. I would like to remind readers what I have narrated in my previous blog entry entitled 'ANONYMOUS'. The Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj was the Prime Minister of Thailand from 14 March 1975 - 20 April 1976. He was heavily criticised for many decisions that he made. His brother defeated him for the post. When he was reelected the press asked him for what programmes he would undertake now that he is Prime Minister again. He said, 'I will do nothing.' 'Why?' the reporter asked. Kukrit showed his hand in the direction of the Himalayas and said 'Overthere is the Himalaya; it does nothing and it is still there.' A person who makes no mistakes is obviously one who does nothing.
55. It is easy to do nothing but oppose; its when the opposition is in power that they will make mistakes. And they have in the states that they govern. But if one compiles a list of mistakes for a thousand years one will not want to leave another life. In order not to make mistakes one need to forever be in the opposition and thereby contribute to the nation by pointing out the mistakes either before or after they happens. The opposition will remain clean or bersih as they make no mistakes since they do nothing except oppose. They must however be factual and not oppose wrongly.
56. Following the steps of Mao Tse Tung, but not all the way, Malaysia should welcome all print and electronic media criticisms, from locals and foreign sources, for and against the establishment, as in the slogan 'Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom' during the China's Cultural Revolution. The non-Malays should also celebrate when the response come.
57. I can assure you that it will not be too long from now, as the temperature is building up, when the Malays will unite and respond vehemently to all the unfair criticisms against them whether deserving, undeserving, misunderstood or even committed during the period when the mentors of the critics were in office in the government.
58. The Malays were split during the colonial period into statehoods with their own British inspired state anthems, with different state flags calling themselves Kedahans, Kelantanese, Johoreans, Selangoreans and Perakeans etc.. They were further encouraged to think in terms of being of Aceh, Banjar, Boyan, Bugis, Jawa, Mandaeling and Minang origins, etc. After the second world war we did not habitually called ourselves as Malays anymore. It was for this reason, as one of the reasons, that the British were over confident, after winning WW II, to make Malaysia as their permanent territory as Australia and New Zealand, as Malayan Union.
59. The British could never imagine, as we are reluctant to imagine now, that the various separate and different Malay organisations will ever unite to oppose them. The Malays with turbans united with Malays wearing neckties and further united with Malays wearing the Malay dress. Malays who drink whiskey and brandys, those who pray five times a day, others who pray occassionally or when VIPs are attending any prayer, those who pray for friends's funerals without really knowing what to recite but just follow the physical rituals out of politeness, as the dead will not know or tell, those who pray only on Hari Raya days or even those who pray when they are sick or in financial problems.. All of us, united without caring for the differences, to face the challenge of being humiliated.
60. We were again humiliated with the defeat of many Alliance and UMNO candidates during the 1969 election resulting in the 13th May inter-racial riots. It all started with the boastfull opposition party leaders and members marching to the Menteri Besar of Selangor's house doing insulting acts at the foot of the flagpost while yelling for the Malay leader to step down from their 'rightly won' place.
The Malays could not stand humiliation.
61. However, in the 2008 General Election the Malays were disillusioned with their majority party and leaders. The opposition were also polite in victory. The Malays, as before 1946, began to accept domination pre-1946 and defeat in 2008. The Malays were thingking the Islamic slogans and the 'justice' slogans were real when they were just slogans along the trail of ambition.
62. But this lull period is almost over.
63. If Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had stayed on to anticipate a better performance in the 13th General Election (as 13 is his lucky number), he would have been regarded as their saviour by members of the opposition. Unfortunatelly with the indirect intervention of Tun Dr. Mahathir he was made to see the impending disaster and therefore decided to leave. It is a fallacy to regard Tun Abdullah's departure as being voluntary.
PASSING THE BATON
64. The scenario is now different as Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abd. Razak has displaced Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
65. The present Parliament is actually Tun Abdullah's Parliament, and all the appointments made by Tun Abdullah could not be easily changed, and all unofficial conditions, arrangements and agreements between the two leaders, during the take-over period, if any or many, need to be respected. Despite the odds Dato' Seri Najib, within a short period, has brought about substantial changes in improving the administrative governance and introducing new programmes, promises and hopes to the people. He is the Prime Minister and acting like one.
66. While a few transformational changes could be implemented now it would be Dato' Seri Najib's winnable candidates who will assist him in delivering the promises for the future.
67. To check on Dato' Sri Najib's advance, the opposition thinks that a new rally must be organised.
68. The lonely Ambiga is still there. As usual, the former Bersih 1 organisers, being still buoyant over their success in organising Bersih 1, could still boost their ego and, ever willing, plan a bigger rally. It was Bersih 2 and the following demands were made:
68.1. Clean up the electoral roll
68.2. Reform postal voting
68.3. Use of indelible ink
68.4. A minimum campaign period of 21 days
68.5. Free and fair access to mainstream media
68.6. Strengthen public institutions
68.7. Stop corruption
68.8. Stop dirty politics
69. The rally took place on 9th July, 2011 and the estimated turnout was between 10,000 to 20,000
70. Except for demand nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5, in red above, which are the same demands as Bersih 1 with only some changes in the wordings the following 4 demands are new:
68.4. A minimum campaign period of 21 days
68.6. Strengthen public institutions
68.7. Stop corruption, and
68.8. Stop dirty politics
71. Obviously Bersih 2 was not as successful as Bersih 1 as in Bersih 1 even the ruling government's political parties and the pro-government NGOs took part.
72. The demand for a minimum campaign period of 21 days (Demand No. 4) is irrelevant as everyone has started campaigning since the 12th General Election in 2008.
73. As far as public institutions are concerned they are already strong and the government has continuously been strengthening them since independence day on 31st August, 1957 (Demand No. 6).
74. Corruption has been a popular accusation against anybody in power as even the leader of the opposition was accused as such when he was in power, and are in the process of being investigated by MACC for a RM3 billion accounts somewhere. (Demand No. 7)
75. I just wonder whether the 8th demand is relevant because I have never heard of anyone saying that politics is not dirty. Even religion is used in dirty ways in politics.
76. There is however the way the authorities handle the rally that becaomes the focus of the demonstration.
77. All the above issues became insignificant or even irrelevant
During Bersih 2 the organisers requested that the rally be held in Stadium Merdeka. The government initially objected but suggested instead that they demonstrate in Bukit Jalil Stadium or the Selangor Football Stadium in Shah Alam.
78. As a busy-body I suggested that they do it in Kota Bharu which is the capital of the state which has been under PAS for many terms of elections.
79. Kelantan, a state under Pakatan Rakyat, was of course out of the question for the organisers. If held overthere it would not be a national event. It is inconvenient for members of the foreign media to be there. Selangor Stadium, also in Pakatan Rakyat state, appears to be too far to attract the crowd, Bukit Jalil would be too big a stadium and the organisers were afraid that if the Bukit Jalil Stadium is not as packed as during a football match, the rally would be regarded as a failure as lesser number of fans of political agitators would come to see their heroes and heroines clowning on the stage.
80. The Chief Minister of Penang remained silent as he knew that a demonstration in Penang will not attract either tourists or investors. The best excuse is of course there is not enough ferries and the bridge is too narrow to allow easy passage for the massive mainland demonstrators to come.
81. Initially the government rejected the use of Stadium Merdeka as it would cram the streets to get there. There was also the fear of a riot which could lead to the type of preventative arrests of agitators as during the 'Operasi Lalang' of 1987. Eventually the government relented and allowed the use of the Stadium Merdeka with all the conditions.
82. Being oppossition members they must therefore oppose the conditions.
83. While Bersih 1, with the involvement of pro and anti-government demonstrators, can be said to have helped the Pakatan Rakyat to have more seats in the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Undangan Negeri, Bersih 2 was considered a failure, with lesser crowd and the more impressive performance of the 6th Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib; therefore a higher profile Bersih 3 was planned in the hope that it will lead to a better performance by the Parkatan Rakyat, particularly in the 13th General Election.
84. The 13th General Election is crucial to the leader of Pakatan Rakyat, but not to the Rakyat. Should he fail to grab the power in the coming election he would be too old, at almost 70 to face the 14th General Election. By then the son of Karpal, the son of Dato' Nik Aziz, the son of Lim Kit Siang, the daughter of Anwar will have to work harder to make Azmin be the next Prime Minister. Dato' Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak who was born on 23rd July, 1953 is today 59 years and 38 days old and Insya Allah would still be around for the 14th General Election.
85. Bersih 3 then must be planned to lead to the Arab Spring way of getting into power. Bersih 3 was held on 28th April, 2012 with about 80,000 to 100,000 turnouts estimated by independant pollsters and claimed to be 250,000 to 300,000 by the Bersih's leaders (as Stalin said).
THE HEADS OF THE RALLYS
86.The leaders of the three Bersihs demonstrations were:
86.1. Bersih 1 - Chairman 1 - Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan
Chairman 2 - Dato Bo Lam Pa
86.2. Bersih 2 - Chairman 1 - Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan
D/Chairman - SN Dato' A. Samad Said
86.3. Bersih 3 - Mentor - Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Chairman 1 - Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan
D/Chairman - SN Dato' A. Samad Said
AN ELECTION IS ONLY CLEAN IF ANWAR IS IN THE GOVERNMENT.
87. Obviously the Preamble for the 1st Bersih rally, held on 10th November, 2006 was focussed on the 2008 election as it implied that the election will be rigged as is assumed to have been in the past, subsequent to Anwar being sacked from the cabinet. Only elections when Anwar was a member of UMNO and Barisan Nastional, and elections before his active involvement in partisan politics, were properly done and not rigged, according to his supporters. So great is the character.
88. The anticipated rigging of the 2008 General Election was however nullified by the BN's poor performance in that election.
89. Bersih 2 held on 9th July, 2011 was a failure.
90. Bersih 3 had just taken place on 28th April, 2012.
91. The glaring participation of Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim with his student day's microphone, giving instructions to his beloved and astray Azmin, while rubbing the back of his nearby male supporter, is sure confirmation of his desperate attempt to become the Prime Minister by any other means. Winning the 4 state governments and the Federal Territory was not his idea of success.
92. As all the demands of Bersih 1, 2 and 3 can be thrown into the dustbin, as mere excuses to attract the attention of foreign countries to look down on Malaysia, except after the BN's leadership has been overthrown, any enthusiasm and support from the enemies of Malaysia, or friends of Anwar, is merely unprofitable investments.
MALAYSIA IS DIFFERENT
93. The world should not imagine that Malaysia is like Tunisia, Eqypt, Libya or Yemen. In my earlier submission to this blog, entitled 'THOU SHALL NOT KILL' I have given a list of nations that some American thinkers thought should be invaded. They are: Iran, Syria, Sudan, Pakistan, North Korea, Venezuela and Uzbekistan. This invasion was meant to take place after the American war on Afghanistan and Iraq. However Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were not even included in the list. Their's were the revolutions of the people and initially with no foreign initiation..
94. But Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen are different from Malaysia, from us.
95. Firstly, we are not all Arabs or majority Arabs.
96. We are Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazan, Iban and many other ethnic groups.
97. We are a nation with less than 60 % Muslims of different ethnicity.
98. Non Malays eithnic groups are effectively represented in politics, economy and society.
99. Furthermore, the 60% Muslim Malays are spilit into 5 political orientations:
99.1. Members of PAS and pro-PAS supporters,
99.2. Members of Parti Keadilan Rakyat and pro-PKR supporters,
99.3. Members of UMNO and pro-UMNO supporters
99.4. Football and sports fans and fans of TV idols and those who could not be bothered.
99.5. LGBTs, drug addicts and night clubbers with differing obsessions.
100. With these breakdowns and the split of Tamil Indians, Chinese, Sarawakians, Sabahans and the non-Tamil Indians; the breaddown of Muslims, Confucionists, Bhuddists, Hindus, Christians, animists and what else, there is no group which could be called politically dominant anymore.
101. We have no history of brutality to others except reacting when others are brutal to us. Our present DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong, for example is No. 27 on the Kedah throne which has lasted for 876 years. The Kedah Sultanate is the longest reign of one family in the history of the world. There was no assassination, betrayal, displacement or chopping the heads on the block as in the British monarchy.
102. The Malays, just as the Chinese, Indians and others are good people. However, there are enough crooks and troublemakers among them to sometime damage their racial images and their inter-racial relationships.
103. The survival of the Malay Sultanate of Kedah to become the longest serving monarchy of 876 years from one family, while the monarchies in China and India do not exist anymore, is symbolic of the accommodating, tolerant, understanding, fair and honorable qualities of the good Malays.
104. According to the foreigners who know about the Malays and the local non-Malays who are not effected by the anti-Malay rhetorics, our Malay dominated civil service, the judiciary, the army and the police are examples of strong, respectable and efficient institutions. Of course there are exceptional charactors. Our economy is growing, our politics is stable and our effort at bridging the gap between the rich and the poor is continuing. We should continue to support Barisan National but support it sensibly and critically.
105. Borrowing from the title of the book by my friend the founder of Daewoo Corporation of South Korea, Mr. Kim Woo Chong, Malaysia, so long as we defend and strengthen our instituions, which have served us so well in the past, and we are not provoked to loose our senses, our 'STREETS ARE PAVED WITH GOLD.
Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen
The President of Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown on 14th January, 2011 after ruling for 23 years. His people were frustrated with
The President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was overthrown on 11th February, 2011
Kolonel Muammar Gadaffi was overthrown on 23rd August, 2011
The President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh was overthrown on 27th February, 2012
1. High unemployment
2. Food inflation
3. Corruption and Nepotism
4. Lack of freedom of speech
5. Lack of other political freedoms
6. Poor living conditions
7. Presidents stayed on undemocrativally or by guided democracy for too long.
The periods of their leadership were as follows:
1. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from 1987 - 2011 - 24 years
2. Hosni Mubarak from 1981 - 2011 - 30 years
3. Muammar Gadaffi from 1977 - 2011 - 42 years
4. Ali Abdullah Saleh from 1978 - 2012 - 34 years
5. Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak - from 3rd April, 2009 - 15th June, 2012
Only for just 3 years and 74 days so far.
What were these Arab leaders before they became Presidents?
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was a soldier
Hosni Mubarak was a soldier
Muammar Gadaffi was a soldier
Ali Abdullah Saleh was a soldier
Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak is an industrial economist from University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom..