The hardliners in the Big Brother have apparently prevailed in the handling of tomorrow Bersih 3.0 gathering.
It shows that despite the enactments of certain laws to replace the old draconian ones, the hardliners are not willing to concede the power of control. While conceding to the rakyat the right to assembly in principle, the refusal of letting Bersih to gather at Dataran Merdeka is a signal that these people are not willing to let people gather in practice.
However, having learned the lesson from Bersih 2.0 the hard way, DBKL is being used as the front to oppose the gathering at the Merdeka Square.
So it will again be a stand off .
I hope sober minds will prevail and that no untoward incident happen tomorrow. If tear gas and water cannot are used again, it will certainly be doing the reformists in the government a disservice and BN would never get the votes of the middle ground again, in spite of the attempts to rush through laws that are more liberal than before.
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Insofar as to the differences between the hawks and the liberals, it reminds me of the Tiananmeng gathering in 1989 in Beijing. Then initially the liberals were gaining grounds , but eventually the hawks had the say and tanks were used to crush the gathering.
I have always of the opinion that one day, China’s leadership is going to revisit the June 4 incident, as it is popularly known, and the liberals’ role will be recognised and rectified. .
The world is much different from that era, and Malaysia is not China. CHina then was under totalitarian rule and Malaysia, despite many imperfection and anomalies in voting, is still outwardly a democracy.Even for China, if June 4 happens in this modern era, the same approach would have very different result
The Hawks perhaps have forgotten about the Arab Spring where harsh suppression of the people led to the downfall of not one but many dictators in the Arab world. In this era of the internet, news cannot be suppressed and people have access to real time happenings.