It amuses me to see the figures being played around the media regarding the recent ‘Bersih gathering’ in the capital of Malaysia.
Some were harping on “Remember remember, the 10th of November.” Some were shouting “Let there be 100,000”.
Local newspapers reported yesterday that it only gathered 4,000 protesters while Malaysiakini claimed there were 40,000 people that turned up in the largest show of force since the reformasi protests a decade ago.
Picture in courtesy of harakahdaily.net
Whether there were 4,000 or 40,000 on the road, the sea of yellow among the courage-filled protesters, drenched in rain on Saturday has indeed proved to the country that “People should not be afraid of the government. The government should be afraid of the people.” (V for Vendetta)
Some believed that the demonstration was putting the nation into shame across the worldwide broadcasting stations. Some believed that it is through this rally, they could voice the displeasure about the state of the current electoral system.
Whether it is a rally of 4,000 or 40,000 protesters, the government should take heed and not turning a deaf ear on the rakyat‘s concerns.
Whether it is a rally of 4,000 or 40,000 protesters, we all should ask ourselves, “Why the rally was organised in the first place?”
If it was not because of those who are fed up with the government’s constant excess and abuse of power, do you think the rakyat will hand in hand, regardless of background, march in one voice through BERSIH?
To imagine tens of thousands of people taking part in the demonstration depicts volumes about ordinary people’s brave attempt to voice the ills of the present regime throughout His Majesty King’s Istana.
Picture in courtesy of Haris Ibrahim
To my surprise, Amri bore the responsibility for you on his shoulders. And he walked the Freedom March for you and me. We owe him a big “THANK YOU“.
“Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.”
V For Vendetta – Alan Moore
Just in case you didn’t know where did I pick the phrase from, it was from the movie “V for Vendetta”.
NOW, for the change to happen……….
The power is in your hands
………..have you registered to vote?
If you are of legal age, do register at the nearest post office and be prepared to make the right choice in the upcoming elections.
Let the march be the catalyst of more voices to be heard.
YOU can make a difference, a change for the better tomorrow.
God Bless Malaysia.