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As I said before, it was difficult yesterday… but when I read the news report on thestar online, I find that I am on an uphill struggle.
From this article…
The people should reject street demonstrations and effect any change through polls, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Calling the organisers stubborn, he said: “I am disappointed. Are they trying to challenge the Government and leadership? But what they are actually challenging and casting aside is the law.
Firstly, if the march was pushing for electoral reform because the Malaysian public believes that we need clean and fair elections. Having said that, how can people who do not believe in the existence of a fair electoral system be expected to “effect any change through polls”??? Once again, the march is for a reform in the electoral system, not the government. For the good PM to even have the faintest impression that this was anti-government does make one wonder, doesn’t it? Datuk Seri, I am sure you’re not the only one who is disappointed with the ways things turned out on 10 November.
And from this article…
Asked why Malaysia did not allow such gatherings, Zainuddin said they were unnecessary because general election had been held without fail in this country.
The minister also hit out at Al Jazeera for having the wrong perception when posing questions.
Al Jazeera reporters had their own perceptions about Malaysia before coming here, he said, adding that “Malaysia is not Myanmar or Pakistan; it is a democratic country.”
Yes, general elections have been held in Malaysia on a regular basis but this isn’t about whether GEs are held, but whether they have been fair and just! As for whether Malaysia is a democratic country, I’ll not comment. The recent happenings is more than enough an answer, isn’t it?
And finally, from this one…
Do not incite disunity or racial disharmony because once ignited, it will be difficult to douse, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He was referring to the rally organised by a non-governmental organisation called Bersih which lead to the handing over of a memorandum to a palace official in Istana Negara on Saturday afternoon.
Najib said Barisan Nasional’s way of reaching consensus through discussion had been the Government’s recipe for success.
Yes, disunity and racial disharmony is something we want to keep far far away from Malaysia. I certainly agree with that. However, it just seems strange to me (or maybe I’m just stupid) that this is coming from a man who, in July, claimed that Malaysia is an Islamic state, thereby sparking controversy in the country. As for his other point, I don’t know much about BN’s way of reaching consensus but I can’t help wondering if keris waving has any place in promoting harmony amongst the different races and in dealing with the various sensitive issues in multi-racial, multi-religious Malaysia.
No, I am not going to read Malaysia Today or Malaysiakini. Not now, I don’t need to make this struggle harder.