I find no satisfaction in down sizing others for their faults and weakeness. I tend to rather look inwardly as to how I can do better myself if found in the similar circumstances and may give my two cents worth of opinion if my creative mind can think of any better alternatives. Having said all that, I must add that I am inclined to seek for truth and purpose of life and will defend it with all my heart, might, mind and strength. This I do as I believe failure to exercise proven principles of life brings negative consequences not only to me personally but also to my family, friends and the rest of the community or country.
As a citizen of Malaysia where I have lived for over 50 years, I have always realized it is a promising young nation made up of a beautiful mixture of race, culture and religion. I had liken my own personal growth and development to that of our nation in a previous blog post . I believe in life, timing is everything and while certain weaknesses or imperfections in the country were tolerated in past years, it seemed to me that now is the time to express to the government the seriousness of such weaknesses if prolonged.
The Bersih 2.0 rally seems an optimal choice as it was not a political rally to support any political party or parties. It had clearly 8 demands to the Election Commission to put fundamentals in place for free and fair elections in a democratic country like Malaysia. ( Read or print this article by Rainer Heufers on The Politics of Democracy in Malaysia, to fully appreciate the intricate details.)
So there I was in the eye of the storm in the Bersih 2.0 Rally, the eye supposedly being the calmest part. It was ... until the end as recorded on my cellphone live video broadcast below :
VIPs present in Jalan Pudu visible in the video include Members of Parliament R Sivarasa for Subang, Dato' Ng Khoo Ham for Bruas, Perak and Dato' Johari Abdul for Sungei Petani. Present but not visible on the video was Dr. Mohd Hatta Ramli, MP for Kuala Krai, Kelantan.
The next video below, in the middle part, shows exactly what happened at Puduraya along Jalan Pudu. The MP R Sivarasa, wearing a yellow shirt with glasses and a short 'goatee' beard, was negotiating with the police to allow the large group of people sandwiched by the police on Jalan Pudu to be allowed to walk out on half the road to Jalan Sultan.
Suddenly in the midst of negotiations, the police grabbed the MP away from the crowd and later started shooting chemical water and tear gas at the crowd again! I was right close to the front of the crowd who were peacefully waiting, seen on the far right of the photo above in shorts, as the water chemical spray began falling on us!
No, I am not a politician or activist any more than Aunty Bersih is by walking the streets. We're just ordinary citizens feeling the need to support a movement to preserve the peace and beauty of this country by insisting on an electoral system that is fair and just for all. It doesn't matter which party wins. We just do not want any tyrants or bullies to manipulate the system to keep power longer than what the people desire for that has a tendency to breed corruption for personal gains. I think the people of Malaysia are just awakening to the need for a truly fair and just system for all!
I end by with an Einstein quote, "Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."
More photos, my 3rd party source of photos used in this post
Evidence of Police brutality on videos
An online petition to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
(Mine is signature number 6319)
Review and recommendations by the Bar Council President
BBC news coverage by SEA correspondent
News of Political affray in Malaysia by The Economist
Read or Print this article for detailed understanding of "The Politics of Democracy in Malaysia"
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Who wants to be a billionaire?
My fastlaneinfo video clip was used and received credits
Political Commentary Section
Tumultous events in Malaysian Politics from 1987
The direction of the Third Force
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