KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 needs to be more restrained and ignore the Red Shirts’ provocation as the former is a widely-accepted mass movement now, says Kadir Jasin.
“Bersih already has the sympathy of the Malaysian public, and it needs to be more magnanimous at this stage,” the former group editor-in-chief of the New Straits Times Press said in an interview with Radio Bangsar Utama last night.
“Bersih’s integrity and wisdom need to be greater. Just keep repeating the message of your struggle. That is better than confronting and attempting to answer the provocations of every critical party.”
This follows the recent series of scuffles between the Red Shirts and Bersih at a number of Bersih 5’s convoy locations promoting the latter’s cause since the beginning of October.
On 1 October, a scuffle broke out between the two groups at Teluk Intan, while a week later, the Red Shirts attacked a Bersih supporter on a motorcycle in Sabak Bernam.
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has also frequently traded barbs with Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos.
Kadir praised Bersih, which appears to have successfully transmitted its message to the rural areas, despite lacking positive coverage from the mainstream media.
“Overall, Bersih has become generally known despite the traditional media not being on their side.
“There may still be room for improvement. But the fact of the matter is that it has already reached Teluk Intan, Batu Pahat, and the village areas, showing that the movement has succeeded in terms of propaganda and information dissemination,” Kadir said.