PM should attend Bersih 3.0

Bersih 3.0 and Anti Lynas movement are joining hands to organise a big gathering to protest against slow electoral reforms as well as the Lynas Issue.

It will be held on 28th April 2012.

Many who missed the forst 2 Bersih marches are expected to come out and join in this rally, which the organisers intend to hold in Dataran Merdaka.

So far, police has not given any indications whether they would allow this peaceful gathering to proceed.

After Bersih 2.0, with the election so near, it would be foolish on the part of the authority to suppress the rally. I have written an article, the debacle of mishandling , on Bersih 2. Similarly, if there is use of force, Bersih 3.0 may become the downfall of BN.

In my opinion, Bersih 3.0 should not only be allowed, but PM should do something out of the box.

What should PM do? He should learn from Zhao ZIyang and how he handled the peaceful gathering in TianAnMen Square  during what is known as “June 4 incident”.

Zhao went to the square a few times and talked to the students gathered there. He actually sympathised with them and he vehemently opposed the use of force during the Politburo Meetings. Unfortunate for him, the time was not ripe for his type of engagement politics and those who were eyeing for his positions joined hands and convinced Deng Xiao Peng to act against Zhao, resulting in the downfall of Zhao and the house arrest until he died many years later.

Zhao has however remained one of the most beloved figures in the heart of the people. I am sure in later years, his position would be reviewed and that he would regain his rightful place in the history of CHina.

PM should not fear he would end up like Zhao. The world is very different now. Had there be a gatherings like June 4 incident now anywhere in the world,  I am quite sure that Zhao’s way would be the best to blunt the initiative of the gathering and gain the support of the people.

PM should not only allow April 28 gathering to proceed, he should in my humble opinion go to the Dataran Merdeka and engage those who are protesting there. He can bring his bodygurads, he can have truckloads of police to stand by.

His mere presence and promise to personally take charge of the electoral reform, and promise to stop the Lynas project in Malaysia during such engagement would gain him the initiative over the opposition.

He would have endeared himself to the civil society, and at the same time gain the upper hand in intra-party struggle.

If I were him, I  do so, since there is really nothing much to lose ( taking account  his present weak position in his party)  and everything to gain by doing so.

This is the best time for him to walk his talk. But will he?

Also published in TMI here.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard Loh
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 16:14:18

    If he attend just to hear the grouses, its no point if he is not willing to meet Bersih 8 demands as well as Anti lynas objection. If he is willing he would already have done so, hence there will be no Bersih 3.0 nor himpunan hijau. The simple fact is he cant shut down lynas nor can he commit to all Bersih demands!

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  2. Roger Lye
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 16:52:36

    Dear Dar Ren,
    Your recommendation for the PM to attend Bersih 3.0 is really ambitious but I don’t think he come close to emulating Zhao ZiYang.
    Altantuya’s father wants to meet the PM. This is to put a close to the ghost of Altantuya. What do you think? If there is no skeletons in the closet, then there is nothing to hide. Right?

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  3. BeWildered
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 22:40:41

    This is thoughtful and wishful thinking.
    The point is this man has no credibility other than good at taking the nation money to organize all the one day full good events to white wash the hard reality. The shadow of terror seems to hang around, the TBH case, the Altantunya case, and the beatings at public gatherings.
    There should not be even the needs of Bersih 3.0.
    If the government cannot deliver a transparent election process and system, what else is good????

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  4. iamyuanwu
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 00:54:14

    I hope he attends, see for himself how many people are actually there —> goes into panic mode —> then conjure up some stupid political antics —> doom BN to lose.
    Some people need to fall HARD to learn a lesson (e.g. Anwar ;-P ).

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  5. Wave33
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:33:38

    If PM, Home Minister and Polis Raja Di Malaysia allows Bersih 3.0 to take place.

    Here are the people demand:

    1. Drop ALL CHARGES on the 1,600 arrested on 907’s Bersih 2.0. If not, please continue to lock down Kuala Lumpur like a maximum penitentiary. UMNO has to be consistence on their stand. If UMNO plays double standard which not surprising because it is a norm already, be ready to face the wrath of the Rakyat. Either way UMNO is screwed.

    2. As for Najib, he has a lot of baggage to confront with. The Rakyat can do away with the racist DPM, because Najib is PM not Muhyiddin Yassin. Even some can look the other way instead of looking at Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. Unfortunately, the Rakyat is not able to accept PM spouse, that is the biggest obstacle. Whatever reform that the PM has on his cabinet has no effect on his spouse (she is kononnya First Lady, not a cabinet Minister). If Najib want to continue to hold on to his PM chair, please DIVORCE his second hand wife (somebody else wife previously). Then the Rakyat can accept that he is serious about transformation at the cost of kiciking out his spouse. If PM keeps his spouse that means he is as good as his spouse. Sad but true for Ah Jib Gor. I empathise with you, Mr.Prime Minister.

    Dr.Hsu, whatever public relation that Najib implements, the baggage from Birkin bags is just too heavy from his spouse. They say every successful man there is a woman behind, so in vice-versa.

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  6. Jong
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:37:24

    He can’t afford to walk unprotected by his bunch of goons, buffoons and scores of bodyguards. He is too frightened in case those Mongolians suddenly re-appear! 😀

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  7. aganuls
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 16:03:13

    For me, Bersih 3. 0 shouldn’t just end up being permitted, however PM HOURS must do some thing from the container.medical supply Malaysia

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  8. tan
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 00:26:30

    YUP…BERSIH 3.0 SHOULD BE SUPPORTED WELL BY BN N THE PM BECAUSE NOWDAYS SELANGOR IS FULLED OF SAMPAH SARAP LE……SO BERSIH 3.0 CAN AND SHOULD BRING THIS MATTER DURING THE DEMO….N ALL THE PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THEIR BROOMS N PLASTIC BAGS TO ‘BERSIH’ SELANGOR FROM SAMPAH SARAP…………………VIVA BERSIH 3.0..MY SUGGESTION, CAN CONTINUE TO BERSIH 4.0 IF SELANGOR STILL FULL OF SAMPAH SARAP…..

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