Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Bersih 3.0 in Ipoh
On April28, 2012, Ipoh , together with 50 over cities around the world has also joined in the Bersih 3.0 global movement to call for a clean and fair elections in the country. It was a peaceful gathering here, there were no untowards incidents, minimal police presence, people were in good spirits and it was all a very friendly atmosphere. When i arrived at the field, i could hear people chanting " Bersih! Bersih!, looking at the crowd, i think it was probably 2000 of them and maybe more, people from different races, young and old, mostly wearing yellow. I'm glad that this year the rally is also being held in this small town here, enabling people for certain reasons that couldnt make it to KL, to show our support to Bersih by making our presence here. There were a few speeches made followed by singing the national anthem, 'Negaraku', everybody stood up and boy, i felt i was getting a little emotional and actually getting goosebumps on my hand. But it was a good feeling.
On the same night and the following 2 days, i was just on the net, catching up with the Bersih news in KL and a few locations, reading blogs, their stories, the strong unity that they see on that day, how each and everyone helped one another when things just went chaotic and their personal encounters with the teargas. But really, is there such a need for teargas and water cannons and barbed wires? Are they criminals?
There may be some of you that do not support the actions of Bersih but my reason is very simple, i want a fair electoral process in my country and i agree to the demand points made by Bersih. We want to see the winning candidate or party wins based on majority, not by buying votes and no fraud. We are saying NO to corruption, we are saying NO to dirty politics and we are saying NO to cheating.
Putrajaya, can you hear us?