The (Half) Idiot’s Guide to Bersih 2.0

1. What is Bersih?

Bersih is ‘tak kotor‘, which means clean in Malay. I thought we all naturally support anything that is clean? You suka kotor?

On November 10, 2007, Malaysians from all walks of life whose had NBTD took a boring walk (well, not so for those who had to dodge tear gasses &  chemical water cannons at some points, no offence) while looking silly in yellow shirt, yellow headband, yellow handbags, yellow pants, yellow skin or any hint of yellow colour on them from several locations towards Istana Negara to send a memorandum to the King demanding electoral reform. The demands were:

1. Usage of indelible ink (which has already been agreed to by the Electoral Commission, which then canceled it off at the last hour before 2008 General Election)

2. Clean-up of registered voters roll (what took them so long so hard to do it, really?)

3. Abolition of  postal votes, and (not done)

4. All candidates and political parties have equal access to print and broadcast media. (not done)

Close to 20 people were arrested and no policemen were injured during the rally. Some went back with wet t-shirt and teary-looking eyes, thanks to some trigger happy dudes who swore to protect and serve the citizens.

2. What is Bersih 2.o?

Bersih 2.0 is a repeat of  the first rally, as a follow up (it is good to follow up don’t you think?), scheduled July 9th, 2011  to again demand for electoral reform, since the Election Commisson (EC) slept through the demands for the past three and a half years. Well, you have to try again right? Why we need another rally? Why can’t we sit down and discuss? Well, we have done discussing and it is time to make a point. The EC has been postponing discussions, giving excuses and more lame excuses all this while and suddenly now come Bersih 2.0 they want to discuss again? (while giving ultimatum to Bersih to call off the rally. Seriously? You care about the rally or the demands for electoral reform?)

3. Is Bersih 2.0 a political ploy to topple the government, CIA’s agent, trying to revive communism, a tool by Muslim haters and <create-your-own-cock-and-bull-theories here..>?

Look at the 8 demands  by Bersih 2.0 :

1. Clean up the electoral roll. Again. (what fucking took the EC so long to do it? Bunch of incompetent goons.)

2. Reform postal voting. Again. (still not done and the EC actually makes it harder now for postal votes counting process to be impartial with some stupid new rules, I cannot remember it so you google it up)

3. Use of indelible ink. Again. (nothing done over this promise by EC and now they are suggesting for the use of biometric system. You cannot even implement this cheap indelible ink idea you want to use biometric system? Are you dumb?)

4. Introduce a minimum 21-day campaign period. (this is a new demand, because the EC is blardy inconsistent with the given campaign period. 21 day is just right, not too long, not too short and should be enough time for all parties to prepare for D-day. 1st election this country had, campaign period was 42 days. Now? 2 weeks. Some voters don’t even know who are the candidates in some elections.)

5. Allow all parties free and equal access the media. Again. (well, you need a fair, equal footing or fighting ground for a fair fight and to win the fight respectably.)

6. Strengthen public institution. (I am not quite sure how asking EC to fulfill this demand)

7. Stop corruption. (during the election time, some parties often resorted to pork-barrel corruption, going blatantly without regards to the laws)

8. Stop dirty politics. (Well, yeah. It’s only dirty when you want it to be dirty. We should aim for election where candidates talk about policies they offer to voters. Not about sex. Slander.)

Any of the demands above is political? Bias to any political party? And if any of the demands above is achieved, does it has anything to do with communism, religion, foreign espionage bla bla bla? Opposition parties are seen openly supporting Bersih 2.0 because they always have been at disadvantage in any election and they just want an equal chances to win the people’s votes. Isn’t that a fair request? All political parties should demand for this, an equal chance. Unless you’re a quack.

And just because many opposition parties are supporting Bersih 2.o it is an opposition agenda?  How you know for sure by having a reformed electoral system, the opposition will win for sure if there is any election? If they put donkey candidate, they may not win the election. Is it because of donkey, monkey, frog also can win in any election now that we need an electoral reform.

4. I still think the best way is to vote wisely during the election.

How you are going to make sure your vote is worth what it is if the system is not fair? Your vote can be canceled out anytime by deceased voters ‘coming back’ to vote, sudden influx of postal votes because the system is not clean enough. Why Malaysians overseas are having a tough time trying to fulfill their responsibility because the EC is not taking enough steps to help or let them vote? Why allow postal votes for some groups and not others when they are all cannot be present physically at their constituency during polling day? Fair?

5. I cannot join Bersih 2.0 rally because…

Afraid? The government wants you to be afraid. That is why the intimidation and over the top reactions by the government to stop anything about Bersih 2.0. Well, you can be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened but DO NOT be silenced. Our life begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. There is strength in numbers, for that we shall fear and be silenced. The weak can become strong when they are united.

If you cannot be physically there, you can choose to show your support in many ways. Like looking stupid wearing yellow on that day.

If you don’t support Bersih 2.0 rally, well it’s your choice. This is a democratic country. As long as your conscience permits.

Any more questions on Bersih 2.0? I am lazy to ask question on my own and then answer them. Why don’t you write any question, comment, curse, profanity  in the comment box and this self appointed Bersih 2.0 know-it-all shall respond. *smug*

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19 Responses to “The (Half) Idiot’s Guide to Bersih 2.0”

  1. Scott wrote on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    (well, not so for those who had to dodge tear gasses & chemical water cannons at some points, no offence)

    Don’t forget dodging the occasional shield bash, immortalized in second poster here.


    bongkersz Reply:

    @Scott, ah yes! brave souls showing support for a good cause!


  2. KeeMan wrote on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I just hope the numbers of those who join the rally can also execute their rights as a registered voter. That’s what matters.

    Vote for change in the next election.


    bongkersz Reply:

    @KeeMan, yes bro. That is important, to make sure your vote counts.


  3. melbie wrote on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Funny isn’t it, the govt is also intimidated of t-shirts now 😉


    bongkersz Reply:

    @melbie, never thought it would happen kan? 🙂


  4. Cyril Dason wrote on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Everyone likes something clean, unless you are a show host on Dirty Jobs =)


    bongkersz Reply:

    @Cyril Dason, itu cari makan.. terpaksa bro hahaha! same logic here.. *wink!*


  5. Saffa wrote on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Bongggggggg! I have questionsss! *angkat tangan* 😀

    Why send the memorandum to the king? Why not SPRM?


    bongkersz Reply:

    Last rally they felt that all institutions in this country have been compromised, only hope is the King. Sending the memorandum to the King hoping he would in his capacity as the Ruler, impartial and all that would look into this matter.

    My theory lah. 😛


  6. momo wrote on Jul 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    the thing is,the last rally only TURNED ugly when the police came.before that they only walked and well “rallying” lol

    great post for a comeback btw haha


    bongkersz Reply:

    Yes. Malaysians are generally well behaved, unless they’re provoked. And still you could see no protesters acting violently, more like one sided provocation in many rallies. Thanks for dropping by Momo! You’ve been here before? 😛

    p/s: I have a color splash like that as well..


    momo Reply:

    @bongkersz i’ve been your silent reader until well you malas want to blog haha

    the color splash?mine got stolen when my house was broken in.i think the burglars thought it was a toy so they took it too for their children.mehh.


    bongkersz Reply:

    If more of this blog silent readers make some noise so that I know there are people reading I may not be that malas 😛

    Yeah the white colour splash looks exactly like a toy..

    momo Reply:

    @bongkerzs ahhh i’ll take note of that 😀

  7. ks wrote on Jul 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    i just want to know why do we need to use indelible ink? what if someone uses the indelible ink and trick some uninformed voter to deny them their rights?


    bongkersz Reply:

    How to trick them? Do you think it can be discovered easily if people try to sabotage the indelible ink idea?


  8. pilocarpine wrote on Jul 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    if i don’t/can’t join Bersih, is it adequate if i wear yellow for the whole day on 9th July?


  9. Ngenghing wrote on Aug 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Blockheads in ruling party just feel takut so Berseh is illegal. UMNO youth rally is legal Jais protest is legal. Y no action to ban UMNO ask GOD. Where got meaning. EC u r not stupid like the rakyat? Tell your decendence u acted justly. Don’t let them spit on your graves. WE Malaysians ARE the only stupid people in the World. WHO made us look like that? Side step a little, Legalise ‘professional whore’ so your wives can keep u home. Very good idea for driving AIDS HIV to graves. Ban Berseh Keep 1st. Class Pros Association What type of brain we got. These type of Brain did NOT drain. Good for Malaysian 4wives only.


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