I am not going to dwell too deep on the illegal demonstration on 9 July 2010 which forced the PDRM to virtually lock down Kuala Lumpur. I have done much twitting on it, suffice to say that the tear gas, the anxiety the anger all those angst would not have happened if the Bersih2 organisers had accepted the Polis offer to have their demo at Stadium Melawati, but NO they still want to do it in Kuala Lumpur.
But then again it is an open secret that the illegal demo has never been about electoral reform it is just a rally to attempt to shore up Anwar's Ibrahim political fortune which has been taking heavy battering from the much delayed sodomy trial and the 99.9% authentic sex video with a sex worker. Other politicians all around the world with some conscious left would have resigned from public and political office, but no not Anwar unfortunately. He still wants to become PM, when will he and his supporters finally realise that a politician who is caught on camera with a prostitute, being charged with sodomy and has a track record of being jailed for abuse of power will never be accepted as a Prime Minister to lead this blessed nation.
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Kudos to the IGP and the PDRM who had worked tirelessly and selflessly to keep the peace under very difficult circumstances, they have exercised much restraint and emerged from this episode with their reputation enhanced. Read here. The day ended with a total of 1,401 detained, including 1,273 men, 115 women, 12 boys and a girl. Read here. The promised 300,000 demonstrators never materialised and Malaysiakini put the crowd at 10,000 at best, it has been one of the biggest flop in Malaysia's demonstration history.
Despite their breast beating, saying it was a victory (against what I cannot imagine) Bersih2 did not achieve anything except they have managed to piss off a lot of fence sitters and ordinary peace loving Malaysians who just want a trouble free weekend with their family and friends. I have not begun to talk about lost revenue by businesses, traders and hotesl in Kuala Lumpur that would come into millions more.
|Pic. courtesy of the NST: Frustrated and pissed off motorist at the Batu Tiga road block|
People will remember that Bersih2 was just an Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan ploy to shore up support ahead of the General Election.
Bersih2 was a good cause which was completely hijacked by Anwar and Pakatan.