Guess who said this; I quote “So don’t be stubborn. I see the statement they made is like they want to provoke, they just keep wanting to fight, with no good intention, no tolerance, no sincerity” unquote, and this statement is said in reference to the organizers of the Bersih rally.
The quote is made by none other the Deputy PM Muhyiddin Yassin. You see how arrogant is his statement? It is just like a school teacher reprimanding his students, and Muhyiddin must have acquired that reprimanding skill since he became the Education Minister. It is not too often that we hear a school teacher being soft with their students. I was hit on the palm with a ruler by my teacher for failing to spell some English words correctly when I was in primary one. It was a Chinese teacher, and I thank the teacher for hitting me, for that made me to excel in my English spelling subsequently.
But in the case of Muhyiddin, I think he was wrong in using such words, because he failed to understand the audience to whom the words were meant. The audiences are not school children, but adults and many among them are educated professionals of various vocations. Do you think a national laureate like Pak Samad Ismail can accept such words coming from the honourable Malaysian minister? Muhyiddin must have likened the Bersih rally to that of a boisterous and rowdy rally organized by some school drop-outs without any purpose and reason. If that was what Muhyiddin had thought or assumed the Bersih rally to be, then he is seriously wrong.
Now, let me rebut some of the words that he had used in the statement.
First, he told Bersih not to be stubborn. Now, who is actually being stubborn? His Majesty the King has called upon the government to confer with Bersih to seek an amicable way out of the impasse. Does the government take heed of the King’s offer? The answer is NO, and you see how Najib makes a quick u-turn by first offering that Bersih hold its rally in a stadium and in the next breath says otherwise. Where did he learn such a tactic……….not from his predecessor Abdullah Badawi I hope.
Second, Muhyiddin says that he saw the statement made by Bersih as provocative. Now, have anyone heard Bersih say that they are sending teams of silat proponents to protect the rally and that Bersih cannot control them should they be provoked? I only heard Bersih gave the assurance that the rally will be peaceful, and even PAS have allowed the police to arrest its members should they cause any trouble. Compare the statements made by Bersih with that of UMNO youth and of Field Marshal Ibrahim Ali? Surely Muhyiddin can differentiate which statement is provocative and which is not. And if Muhyiddin does not know, let me tell him that the statements uttered by UMNO youth and Field Marshal Ibrahim Ali are provocative that deserves them to be thrown into ‘Kamunting Resort’. But why are they not?
Lastly, he says that Bersih has bad intentions, lack tolerance and insincere. May I ask Muhyidin this question; is seeking the government for an electoral reform that you and I know is mired in discrepancies and falsifications too much to ask? This demand for an electoral reform has been for years and the government seems not to heed the request. Are we to tolerate further and to continue feinting innocence and playing the good and obedient citizen, while the Election Commission continue to abuse the electoral roll to buttress your existence and survival?
If only Muhyiddin has good intentions, show tolerance and sincerity in acknowledging the need for an electoral reform, then this Bersih rally would not have been necessary.
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