Angry Malaysians getting even via Bersih 5.0

November 17, 2016

Angry Malaysians getting even via Bersih 5.0

by Ahmad Azrai

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Mohamed Najib bin Abdul Razak

Malaysians want him investigated, charged and sent to  Jail for crimes against their country. Go in full force to Bersih 5.0 on November 19, 2016. May the Force of Peace be with you.

The recent report by Freedom House that online freedom in Malaysia worsened in nearly all categories should not come as a surprise to anyone locally.

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Malaysia’s Notorious Couple–Hen-pecked Najib and the Hen Rosmah–with these people around, we do not need more enemies of democracy, freedom and justice

According to the “Freedom on the Net 2016” report, Malaysia rose two points on its Internet Freedom Index since 2015, the current score of 45 indicating a “Partly Free” environment with continued and growing restrictions on local users.

“For the first time, the government reneged on pledges never to censor the internet…” the watchdog group that advocates freedom and democracy said, adding that this score puts Malaysia among those with the most marked increases of government restrictions.

“During this coverage period, the government implemented political censorship for the first time, and blocked access to popular websites and blogs, including Sarawak Report, Malaysia Chronicle, and The Malaysian Insider among others, for publishing ‘unverified contents’ which could ‘create unrest’.” It said that this was plainly an overt violation of the government’s previous guarantee not to filter content online.

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This little nugget of information is one of the clues as to why the fairly popular peaceful protest Bersih will take place again this coming Saturday – the fifth time the rally has been held in almost a decade.

In addition to the original and still-relevant demand for “Free and Fair Elections”, three related demands – “A Clean Government”, “The Right to Dissent”, and “Strengthening the Parliamentary Democracy” – have been added, along with “Empowering Sabah and Sarawak” and “For a New Malaysia”.

As can be observed, the mainstream government is rather rattled by the fact that the movement still is strong, despite the rise of outright bullying and unceasing intimidation by obviously sycophantic thugs and cybertroopers. Particularly, there has recently been widespread resharing of photos from Bersih 3.0 that purport to prove that the protesters were uncivilised and violent.

These efforts to get the Yellow Brigade to back off in cowardly fashion, however, look doomed to fail – because yet again, they fail to take into consideration the level of anger that many Malaysians are feeling. And there are plenty of really good reasons for that anger, which is hotter than any sambal made locally.

The people are angry at being taken for granted by the authorities, who talk a good game, but rarely follow through, preferring to renege on whatever deals they make in order to make an immediate personal profit.

They are angry at being told not to question, complain, nor demand justice when things go wrong – particularly when it happens to be the direct fault of the authorities in question, be they the government, the civil service, the police, etc.

They are angry that whistleblowers who want to disseminate the truth are punished ignominiously, whilst those who are caught and clearly guilty are merely quietly transferred out of the public eye without any recourse taken for their wrongdoings.

This was proven by the recent transfer – instead of suspension – of pedophile teachers to other schools.

Above all, people are angry because their right to unbiased education, to unrestricted freedom to practice (or not practice) their religion of choice, and their right to just be left unmolested and allowed to live a normal life is being restricted by the very people who claim to be acting in their interests.

Well, 2020 is coming soon enough – and even 2050 is not far enough away to deflect the anger that is boiling over now.

Malaysia’s leaders made the mistake of allowing tear gas and chemical sprays to be used on the public during the first three Bersih sessions.


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Even though it wasn’t repeated for Bersih 4.0, the authorities still seem to take the rakyat for granted. In fact, it is hilariously clear that the government itself is upset and frustrated when Malaysians use their strongest weapon in showing their displeasure: sarcastic jokes. It’s enough to put their noses out of joint.

4 thoughts on “Angry Malaysians getting even via Bersih 5.0

  1. The people are also angry when the people of all races and beliefs represented by the 300,000 Bersih 4 ‘ hopes and trusts for CHANGE in Demanding “Fair, Free and Clean ” Elections and Electorate had been betrayed.

    Bersih people’s independent platform had been Hijacked by unscrupulous leaders for their largely personal agendas.

    While the red shirts had no bearing and are violently disruptive, the yellow shirts have lost their bearings.

    Both are enemies of own enemies and the people because they is no justification for being misused by squabbling personal agenda-driven top leaders, at the expense of the people and the country’s resources.

  2. in above post :

    Line 1 , paragraph 4
    ”Both are enemies of own enemies……”

    should read

    ”Both are own enemies of themselves …..”

    Error regretted.

  3. There is much for the long-suffering citizens and hard-working tax payers of 1Malaysia to be angry about e.g. prices keep rising and rising.

    When I was back in my hometown Kuantan a few days ago, I was stunned to see the price of a famous brand of sardines-in-tomato-sauce priced at
    RM 9.80 a tin in a 7-11 shop !! Sardines and beans used to be the cheapest of the canned foods when I was a kid in Kuantan.

    Anyone who still believes that our real inflation rate is as officially stated by the 1Malaysia regime must be really gullible.

  4. Honestly, getting angry with Najib is NOT the solution. Najib is a mere irresponsible opportunist. Ultimately the fault lies with citizenry, specifically between us and Red/Black shirt- Hadi’s PAS.

    Why Hindraf has not done Hindraf2 when Bersih is at 5? Why Sarawakian and Sabahan has not done even one equivalent for Borneo’s right?

    Our formula for racial politics have failed and political Islam has turned out to defend it rather than an alternative as theorized for so long. These are our fault because of intellectual laziness.

    Blaming Najib only start something, to finish the job, it requires mass awakening with either fear or excitement. Like it or not, until Hadi’s PAS hallucination can we pop-ed, the job is not even half done. The hen-pecked, even one with huge money and power is easy to dismiss, but the hallucinating dependency, it’s crazy hard.

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