The ‘Psychological War’ of words and action between the so-called believers, and on the other end of the spectrum, the non-believers of Bersih sees no end to the blame game. Every day, the play back of the Bersih rally is being written, discussed and shown to the public through various means i.e. via the mainstream media and the alternative media. Now the government has announced that they intend to even show scenes on TV to depict the truth to placate public perception that the police acted with minimum force and that they were not the provocateurs; instead it was the supporters of Bersih that started the entire fracas. I called this the most clownish statement I have ever heard, something that we use to say as school boys i.e. you kick my back and I kick yours.
As I have said in my previous article, let’s end this wasteful ‘psychological war’ that benefits no one. I believe both parties are fully satisfied by their actions and achieved all that they aim to do. If the government says that what the police did was right, and they have proven it to themselves that what they did were all within their bound of responsibilities, so be it. Likewise, if Bersih has declared that they have achieved their aim and objectives, so be it. And if there was indeed acts of aggressiveness and abused by the police upon individuals during the rally and it can be proven as such, launch a police report (although we know that the report means nothing to the police) and to follow up with a similar report to a neutral body like SUHAKAM.
Now the police have shown their portion of what they believe to be Bersih’s provocateurs to the press (selected ones I think) recently, absolving them of any blame. Why do they have to do this is mind boggling. People say that when one is guilty of a wrong doing, he will be the one person who will profusely disclaim such wrong doing. This was exactly what the police did. The fact of the matter is that there is so much shown on what the police actually did on You Tube, and the person(s) who posted the video cannot be wrong.
Did we not see a video of a policeman (covered half his face with a handkerchief) punching twice at the stomach of a boy who was being led handcuff for no reason? This is clearly an act of cowardice. And did we not see a video of the chemical laced water being sprayed at Tung Shin hospital area which the Health Minister blindly denied, but later retracted his denial and sought to have an investigation? Did we not see the video of the riot squad aiming their tear gas weapon directly at the protestors as oppose to aiming the weapon at an angle? And finally, did we not see photos of a policeman kicking at a fallen protestor? This is another act of cowardice. I know these scenes were not shown to the public at the police briefing.
If indeed the parties want to defend their respective position, I would suggest that they present their case in front of a neutral party. The attendance to such a briefing must be open to all and that the neutral party must not make any judgmental statements, but to merely act as a moderator. Let those attending the brief to express their views and comments, and to allow the respective parties themselves to response to comments. Have such a briefing session televised to the entire nation and let the people be the judge. This I think is the only way to solve the never ending ‘blame game’.
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