Yes, when everyone’s going yellow, I have gone black.
I am happy to know that the Nov 10 people’s gathering for a free and fair elections will go on despite the police warnings! (Malaysiakini). Looks like there’s gonna be a repeat of the ugly Batu Buruk incident. It seems the police are not even happy that the people would like to meet their King. Now, what does the monarch have to say about this?
I am delighted to know that even Alfred Ho, the blind blogger, singer and now DAP member will be attending the Nov 10th demonstration by Bersih (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections). Along with him, I believe the Malaysian Association for the Blind will be participating as well. It will be a great gathering. Its time people took the country back into their own hands.
I hope the assembly of bodies, hearts and minds of all those who seek a free and fair elections will not be all about seeking the King’s intervention in what is most basic to all Malaysians – the right to choose (not leaders) but the administrators of our country. People should be King, and not the other way around. I hope it will be more about citizens recognising the power they have to change the fate of their nation.
I wasn’t exactly delirious to see that we have to go back a few generations to implore the monarch’s attention in our basic rights. Monarchs today don’t exactly fight wars for the people. In fact, they back wars in order to secure their cushy abode. Just look at Amazing Thailand or Nepal. They prefer the status quo for it is the only heaven they know these days.
Have Malaysians exhausted all avenues and met a dead end that we need to seek the pretty monarch’s little finger? Will he lift his little finger to help? I honestly do not know. No monarch is in favour of democracy. If they do, they will relinquish their power and return it to the people.
I guess, I prefer more people’s movement taking up this cause, and prefer actually to see them in the forefront. I was not immediately nor later excited to see the Opposition grabing the headlines again. It does not do well for a cause to see politians flaunting their agenda into something that should be entirely fought for by the rakyat.
The problem of having the Opposition take centre stage again in an event that should reach out to all levels and people is that those who are not Opposition supporters will refrain from participating in this event. If this happens, it would be sad. As the organisers of the Nov 10th gathering have been doing their best to entice as many groups as possible. I got to know from my ex-colleague at FORUM-ASIA that groups in other countries will be protesting at the Malaysian embassies/consulates as well. That would really be a wonderful sight!
Well done to the organisers. Although I am not so keen on the color yellow (only that it represent press freedom) because it reminds me of the ‘yellow culture’ and ‘yellow NGOs’ . I’ve been also swamped with yellow T-shirts of subjects worshipping their King in Bangkok all year, that the sight of yellow is bound to make me dizzy.
But never mind, as long as Malaysians are waking up to reality, give me any colour. I will smile.