(Poster: courtesy of Wits0)
What really happenned on Saturday?
I guess the best part of the yellow day was the evident riff between Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the King. Bakri Musa says it succinctly: “You have now been challenged, Mr. Prime Minister, openly and publicly by your own citizens, and you have emerged impotent!
“That huge street rally may be illegal to you, but the King had consented to receiving its leaders and their petition.
“In effect, the King too has challenged you, Abdullah! In case you did not get the message, you had just been served a very public royal rebuff”.
A royal rebuff is what we need. But we also need our Agong to go a bit further. Have some balls. When the time comes for Parliament to be dissolved, please say “NO”. Can you at least do this, Tuanku. And show Abdullah the Bersih petition. You have rights, you know, under the Federal Constitution, Section 40(a), that is.
Or else, the rebuff or the riff is merely imaginary. And the rally, and all those who suffered tear gas, chemical laced water and arrests – those who wanted electoral reforms and who turned up in yellow on Saturday – will be futile.
Don’t let the Umno morons scare you by saying that you are now being “dragged into politics”. So what if you are. In those days, your forefathers fought over boundaries. It is not so very different from what is happening today – electoral reforms.
Now that all the brouhaha over Yellow Saturday is over, tell me, what is Bersih’s next plan?
What if things go on as usual? What if the EC continue to lie on its laurels and not move an inch, what happens, then? What can be done to delay elections until there is a total revamp, reform and clean-up of the electoral system?
Will Bersih ask the people not to vote? Will Bersih ask the Opposition to boycott elections?
Is Bersih waiting for a royal intervention or will it just let the EC continue to do what it does best – kowtow to Umno, and call for elections as and when, it is asked to?
I guess the people are looking out for Bersih to act on these issues.
As for the media, sigh…
As expected, the government-owned (stop! calling them mainstream) media [GOM] has blacked-out the real essence of the Bersih rally on Sunday. The gathering was portrayed as nothing more than a nuisance, the cause of massive traffic jam. Did anyGOM dare publish a single photo of protestors with yellow T-shirts?
Suddenly, they’ve all become creative also, reporting the protest as nothing more than an illegal assembly. There was hardly any mention of electoral reforms. It’s easy to divert attention, isn’t it?
They also seem to follow a different mathematical formula to assess the number of protesters. 4,000 and not 40,000? Perhaps there was a technical glitch or perhaps just a case of poor Mathematics.
On the other hand, the non-government owned media (there is nothing alternative about them) was more creative, though. Sensationalism sells. In journalism today, one is either lazy or a coward.
Coz what do we read? Same old bantering. Tear-gas, water cannons, arrests and releases. At the end of day, who achieved their ends? Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, of course.
He managed to prove that the people were violent, or loved rowdiness. He forgot, though, that the people prevailed.
And the police misbehaviour only proves time and again, that the police are a tool for Umno.
The Election Commission is, too, the way Abdullah or DPM Najib can wantonly drop hints on when the election is.
How can Abdullah say he has “no inspiration” to call for elections? Is it up to him?
I would really like to hear a journalist ask him about this.