From Stephen Ng, via e-mail
The People Progressive Party (PPP) has jumped on the Bersih bashing bandwagon without first checking on its facts. For the party president, M Kayveas to accuse that young people who were involved in Bersih 3.0 were largely influenced by “herd mentality” is an insult to some 250,000 Malaysians from all ages and walks of life.
Unlike the older generation, the young people these days are far better informed than say people living in the sixties or seventies when the Internet and large computer servers were not there to facilitate the discover of frauds and dissemination of information. With the help of large servers these days, it is possible to process an electoral roll with over 12 million voters and detect all sorts of discrepancies.
I urge Kayveas to ask young people who participated in Bersih 3.0 rally, what Bersih is all about. He will be surprised to find that they are not only articulate in their views but understand the eight demands spelt out by Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, compared to other young people who did not join any of the rallies. (Click here ).
To all Malaysians, we have to start thinking, instead of blindly following after their political leaders, why the present regime can continue to stay in power for 54 years despite on some occasions they had marginally done better than the Opposition in popularity votes.
If Kayveas has demonstrated his lack of credibility, there is no reason to join his party. The young people should leave PPP enbloc, once they understand the major concerns that most of us have with our electoral system.
For example, in 2008, despite a small margin in popularity vote between BN and Pakatan, BN had significantly more parliamentary seats compared to Pakatan to form the government.
In the past, Malaysians were generally apathetic or unaware of the frauds, but now, young people should be applauded because they are becoming more politically aware of what is happening to this nation, especially with the level of corruption that are hitting the headlines in the online media.
I also would like to point out the wrong assumptions made by PPP Federal Territories chairman A Chandrakumanan who said that the demonstrators had acted violently by overturning a police car, setting fire to a motorcycle and kicked and beat up a policeman in uniform.
It is firstly wrong and malicious to say that the Opposition is teaching the people how to be violent. On the contrary, what we see in the news every day is the kind of violence that has been afflicted on the Opposition members of parliament. PPP, as a progressive party, and Chandrakumaran who accused youths of slandering the people, should not do the same by slandering the people who may differ with him in views and ideology.
Chandrakumaran should also have checked out the circumstances behind the few incidents he had alleged of violence committed by the demonstrators. Without getting his facts right, his allegations are as good as a slander and done with malicious intentions.
For example, Chandrakumaran said the demonstrators overturned the police vehicle, but he failed to say that they did it when someone shouted, “There is someone trapped underneath!” A quick reference to the video clips posted on YouTube is sufficient to differentiate between the truth and what Chandrakumaran said in his speech to about 1,000 PPP members during its recent convention.
On use of indelible ink, Kayveas should stop making remarks that are uncalled for, especially when this ink is used in many other countries to stop phantom voters. If used properly, the indelible ink is able to deter some phantom voters from turning up at the polling station and voting more than once.
Kayveas should be calling on the Election Commission to implement more preventive measures apart from the indelible ink, instead of running down on the suggestions. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Where there is no political will, even the simplest method suggested could be seen as burdensome. But, dear Politicians, Malaysians are now awakened to the fact that we can no longer tolerate dirty and unfair elections.