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Bersih: No royal support
November 16, 2007, 3:07 pm
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Just got news from Malaysiakini that the Agong released a statement.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abdidin in a rare press statement said neither he nor Istana Negara had directly or indirectly supported the massive rally held over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur.

I’m disappointed to say the least. But in the light of all things, the march showed that we are unhappy with the polls and has more than 40,000 Malaysians on ground to show it and thousands online lending their support. 

What do you guys think? Could the Agong has his hands tied up? For me, I’ll still try my darnest to dig up yellow shirts to wear on Saturdays.


Bersih: 101 East
November 16, 2007, 2:47 pm
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Just managed to actually sit down and sieve through the Net to embed this in here. The quality is horrendous but Al-Jazeera has yet to upload their version, so make do with this first. I’ll update once a clear version is available.

Thanks to cthultu for an alternative blog that you can watch as well. Click here.

Do watch it first before comments. Let’s discuss in the comment section.

Pt 1

Pt 2

Bersih: In case you missed the ZAM-ism
November 16, 2007, 2:40 pm
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Click on this to watch the guy embarassing himself . Videos of the interview on Al-Jazeera coming up soon.

Could someone please tape this?
November 15, 2007, 6:07 pm
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Just finish reading Screenshots.

The de facto law minister Nazri Aziz, Khairy Jamaluddin and human rights lawyer, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar will be guests on Al-Jazeera’s East 101, a taped show, perhaps to answer Zam’s complaint that the station did not feature “the other side of the story” during the BERSIH rally last Sat. Well he got half a wish.

CORRECTION: He offered himself but was declined. Apparently he was offered but declined it. Ahem, you got your chance, you blew it so good to just shut up already. Do us You are doing yourself a favour.

Part I will be aired tonight, 10.30 local time on Astro Channel 513. Let’s see if the report is balanced. We never get this type of juicy stuff on local TV. Talk about press freedom, huh? I’m willing to bet my bottom ringgit that Nazri and Khairy will be in denial mode. Please give us something new lah.

I hope the host will be able to grill the shit out of them. Let them appear as the fools that they are, it is not the first time anyway. This remaining weeks of the year must be the most interesting ones in the four years of Badawi’s administration.

Bersih: The Government is not taking it well
November 15, 2007, 4:04 pm
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Denial is never good for anyone. Being in denial that you love sex will only lead to frustration, being in denial that you desperately want to be with a certain someone will drive you nuts, being in denial about your shitty living conditions could result in…well you get my drift, right?

In case you didn’t know it already, the latest rally in Kuala Lumpur (no we are not part of Singapore) has the Government in stitches, but not in a engaging way. It is a rally known as BERSIH, which calls for fair polls. Malaysia has a long history of muddy polls during the National Elections or any elections for that matter.

This has been an issue that plagued Malaysians since our independence but now could be the right time to turn the tables on the ruling party as evidence of wrongdoing is staring at them in their pompous faces. The rally was not given a permit although the organizers clearly stated that it is a peaceful gathering. Well, it was a huge gathering with at least 40,000 Malaysians, mostly dressed in yellow.

bersih-rally.jpg A picture nicked from MSNBC I think

The rally was created by mostly opposition parties to pass a memorandum to the Agong (the King who is always seen as a symbol, similar to the current British monarchy) which calls for fair elections. It has topped Technorati searches for a couple of days since Saturday and yellow is the colour of royalty here. Anyway, the monarch has been in the news these days, criticizing certain policies and the way the country is heading now.

Authorities did their best to block participants from getting near the Istana Budaya but somehow they managed to get there, most of them anyway. The unlucky few, including the on site Al-Jazeera team were given the tear gas and chemical spray-down. Whoever dressed in yellow (connected or not) were stopped, cars were inspected, the trains did not make stops at the hotspots and all the pandemonium caused the whole city is to choked with traffic.

There were also reports that in certain hotspots, police were secretly letting people pass, perhaps lending their support as well. I did not participate but kept vigil online where infamous sites were facing huge latency, were blocked and even hacked. But thanks to the blogs, images and videos surfaced.

But the most disheartening thing is that top people in the Government are in a big denial on international TV and the traditional media were warned not to carry the real news. The event was downplayed and even denied that attacks were mounted on participants.

Up till today, things did not change. The Prime Minister and his ministers are in denial and caught just like a deer in the headlights. Did they not see this coming? They had cyber-troopers monitoring the Net every second and information were found in abundance with some red herring thrown in as well.

I find that Sat I was, both proud and sad. Proud of those who had the courage to participate and the Opposition for this momentous step. Sad, because of the lack of freedom of speech in a country that aims to be a developed one by 2020 and disappointed that the Government did not have the courage to face their mistakes honourably.

And, another thing, please get a competent Information Minister who can at least speak in proper English and coherent in thoughts? Please do not take him as an example of how Malaysians actually are. We are far from being blabbering monkeys and stuttering fools.

I do hope something comes out of this rally, not just smokescreens and empty promises. It would be a shame to waste the time and effort of those who were there, physically.