Saturday, November 17, 2007

BERSIH: We Do Not Want Representative, We Want Tuanku (To Tell Us)

Malaysiakini recently reported King: No royal support for Bersih rally ( Nov 16, 07 1:34pm )

Excerpt of the news:
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.
-> Don't get involved in illegal activities
-> Build a better nation together

I was actually shocked when I read that piece of news. If it is really the truth, it will still come as a "no surprise" to me. After all, striving for electoral reform, a clean election as a civil rights is nothing simple. It is a long and painful Struggle.

The African Americans took decades to obtain proper civil rights. Most of the time, in the midst of their journey faced many obstacles that make their struggle looked seemingly impossible.

The most important thing is, they thrived and hold on to their beliefs, have faith in God that one day they will get what they want : to get the fundamental human rights that they have always aimed for. That provided they took actions in the likes of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

In the case about Malaysia, I think with or without Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the Struggle for a Clean and Fair Election must persist. Of course, if the Monarch is participating, it will definitely be good. Inevitably, we have to react accordingly.

Which brings back to the original story of Malaysiakini. Immediately after reading that piece, I searched through the internet to obtain more updates. Have found a lot of articles.

After reading those, I felt more angry than remorseful. Angry at Yang Di-Pertuan Agong? No, no, no, of course not. Why? That is because I found out that it was claimed by other articles on the net: the statement was made by a person called Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja . It is not coming directly out of the mouth of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. It is through a runner in the Palace. Purportedly, the runner is said to be someone from a certain ruling party (hope you catch the drift). Is there a conflict of interest here?

For more information on some conspiracy theories on the subject of runners doing something extraordinary, please read these articles. It would be best to make sure these are distributed to the public so that Malaysians will be able to judge and comprehend what is happening.

Read these:
Malaysia Today : What the eye does not see (Raja Petra Kamarudin)
Merah Tinta MSO : Respon Cepat, Penjelasan Pengelola Istana Negara Tidak Mengejutkan (Mohd Sayuti Omar)
Malaysia Today : Bohong! Bohong! Bohong! (Kamal Amir Menulis)

I echo the decision made by Mahaguru58, a famous blogger himself. He said : Agong's 'Statement'. Won't believe it till I see and hear His Majesty on live tv!

To date, our Monarch has not made any direct statements albeit by himself on the Memorandum for Electoral Reforms by BERSIH. There are some possible powerful hands (not Agong's) at works, although I cannot say it for a fact.

There are certain quarters that claimed the BERSIH rally is about freedom to assemble and not about electoral reform. That is certainly weird, I would like to reiterate this point :

BERSIH , the organisation is for Freedom to Assemble AND / FOR Electoral Reform. Been that since day one.

Besides that, it should be made known that we need Agong to support a clean and fair election through electoral reforms proposed by BERSIH in the memorandum. He does not have to support the rally and gathering. It is merely symbolic.

In the meantime , one of the heroes of our nation did this: Mind your own business, Syed Hamid tells foreign Human Rights groups . I was wondering whether this is the professional way to respect Human Rights as well as the best way to handle public foreign relations. I find that approach quite impolite.

Anyway, Freedom to Assemble and Clean Elections are Fundamental Human Rights in Any Democratic Country. That I cannot regard as applicable with nations of Communist Governance, Dictatorship or Autocracy.

Regards and best of luck Malaysians. When the going gets tough , the tough gets going.


PM said...

The Agung cannot openly voice support for any groups be it Bersih or UMNO gatherings. But the Agung did not say he will not accept the petition. As Agung he has to be seen not favouring any groups.

Freethinker said...

I do believe even if Agong were to make another statement, it'll contradict with the recent statement...

For any future rally to be more effective and productive, only the ballot box can make the authorities feel the threat..

Anonymous said...

Where can all the grievances gone?
Where have all the wisdoms gone?

The Rally had started
because grievances were stuck.
Rulers should have wisdoms
to run Agong's kingdom
on people's freedom
but they messed up all the rhythms!

Is Agony the one to open the door
for grievance to be heard?
Or, only a sign of hope
to remind the rulers they better note?
Or sighs to tell the world that
nothing can be cooked
unless independent EC can be booked?

Declaring the "hope" broke
what the world will look?

People know well
Answer from PM is what they look!
But, People forgot
only wisdoms can uncoded!
so Right answer from someone Right
can give the light!
Or, football in the night
without light!

Anonymous said...

it will just be a dumb move to cast your ballot. you will still see the same results. BN majority, Opposition whitewashed. the mainstream media will have a field day shoving rubbish down your throats, all over again.

just ask kit, hadi and dsai to boycott the elections. don't participate. if you participate, you only give legitimacy to the BN government. and i bet you BN will win again. you know it. they will win by hook or crook.

just boycott. don't enter the race you can never win. it doesn't matter if you win 49% votes, or 49% seats, i repeat, you can never win. we will be back to square one.

by boycotting, you stand a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

UMNO supporter:

The Sultan of Pahang has blasted those involved in the illegal rally in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday for trying to drag the palace into politics.

Sagaladoola said...

Hi Anonymous,

That is Sultan Pahang and not YDP Agong Tuanku Mizan....

Laksarian said...

Boycotting the election is a very risky move that will backfire if done impulsively without weighing the consequences.