FMT LETTER: From Kevin Fernandez, via e-mail
The power of enormity is what Malaysians exhibited on April 28. Many, including Marina Mahathir were present at Bersih 3.0. All was well until at a certain tipping point, the police was given a mandate to act. Hence, signalling for the removal of the barricade is a very important issue because this could have caused the lives of many Malaysians who were there for a peaceful rally in the first place.
At a press conference with Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin Ali and Tian Chua, a certain Benji Lim was shoved out of the PKR headquarters because he was seen as an Umno Trojan horse. If Anwar is seeking for justice, and calls for an electoral reform, then being the opposition supremo and echoing Saifuddin Nasution’s calls that there will only be another Malay prime minister in Malaysia, the rakyat needs to know who we are voting in if we decided to remove BN from power.
Many will agree that Malaysia is a competitive authoritarian regime. Regime studies analysts also have unanimously agreed that Samuel Huntington’s Third Wave of Democracy does not hold fort as many regimes have been replaced by different types of authoritarian regimes. Thus, a healthy civil society movement like Bersih plays an important role for the development toward an idealistic regime in replacement of BN.
Anwar Ibrahim’s recent actions otherwise does summon nostalgia of his past antics during the Bersih rallies held thus far. During the first Bersih rally he arrives in a rather pompous manner on a motorcycle.
Bersih 2.0 he appears to be with the crowd for 10 minutes coming from Hilton KL and suddenly acquires a broken back, neck other parts only to be up and running again a week later.
Please allow me to recall the antics of Tian Chua and his attempt to get Ambiga into a tunnel that was blocked by the police, of course as we all now know if not for Haris Ibrahim she would have been caught is a Catch-22 situation.
Now a peaceful rally is again hijacked in a blatant attempt to turn it into a mockery by the same actors. I see no reason otherwise, than if there is no violence then a revolution is otherwise difficult to take place.