November 21, 2016
Given a dysfunctional Political Opposition, BERSIH is all we got for Change
by TK Chua
What we need is a sincere identification and assessment of the issues before us. BERSIH is merely a sounding board, a messenger, and a barometer of the nation. Choose to ignore it at our own peril.–TK Chua
BERSIH has been criticised for moving away from its original objectives, manipulating the people, breaking the law, and for being ineffective. The criticism has come not just from Barisan Nasional politicians but also some writers, commentators and citizens.
BERSIH’s original objectives have been widened to include other pertinent issues. What is wrong with that? Surely free and fair elections are not the end. We want free and fair elections because we want a government able to represent the interests of the majority.
Can a government represent the people when there is unexplained malfeasance going on in our midst?
Surely free and fair elections must include striving for a competent, clean and scandal free government. Those who have constantly harped on BÉRSIH’s deviation from its original objectives must have suffered from some form of mental deficiency.
The opposition does not have a monopoly in declaring support of free and fair elections or a clean and competent government. Why then must we accuse the opposition of hijacking BERSIH? Why can’t BN also support BERSIH and its objectives, the original as well as the extended ones?
BERSIH has been constantly criticised for achieving nothing but causing inconvenience to the public. Maybe there is some truth in this, but in any society, it is never easy to achieve fair play and democratic ideals.
Adam Adli–Young Champion of Free and Fair Elections
If BERSIH has failed as claimed, what has Parliament achieved thus far? What has our Judiciary achieved? What have our other institutions of government achieved?
BERSIH has also been accused of manipulating the people. Are the people really that gullible? What power and mechanism does BERSIH have other than ideas and ideals? If manipulation is easy, why not say the government does the same? Why the need to provide BR1M and other goodies? Similarly, there is no need for the Red Shirts to stop or harass Bersih. They should just manipulate the people into supporting them.
The Real Reason behind the BERSIH Movement
It is easy to blame BERSIH for eroding confidence in the country, but confidence is rarely dependent on a single factor. It is too late to blame BERSIH’s actions. We should have looked at why there was BERSIH at all? Why have BERSIH’s demands gained traction?
It is poor governance and malfeasance that will adversely affect confidence, not street protests demanding a resolution.
We can all blame each other but that will not solve an iota of our problems. What we need is a sincere identification and assessment of the issues before us. BERSIH is merely a sounding board, a messenger, and a barometer of the nation. Choose to ignore it at our own peril.