Bersih 2.0 has claimed that a hidden hand is using all state resources to stop Bersih 5 even before the rally has begun. Its treasurer, Thomas Fann was denied entry into Sarawak this morning and was put on the same plane back to Kuala Lumpur.
Fann was scheduled to attend a series of meetings with local groups in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu in preparation for the Bersih 5 rally which was announced last week to call for free and fair elections and institutional reforms in the wake of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) actions against those linked to the 1MDB scandal.
“The Immigration Department is now acting against the spirit of the Federal Constitution which allows for freedom of movement and guarantees the right to dissent through peaceful protests,” Bersih said in a statement issued today.
“Several days ago, top cop Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar displayed intent to investigate Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah for trying to topple the government.
“This is extremely odd, as one of Bersih 5’s main calls is to strengthen Parliamentary Democracy which is now at its lowest ebb in Malaysia. “
Instead of commanding all state resources against Bersih 5, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections urged all institutions of government to buck up and act under the provisions of the law which provide for peaceful gatherings.
“Institutions of government must act for the people, not against them. And now, the people want free and fair elections, a clean government, strengthen parliamentary democracy and uphold our right to dissent and empower Sabah and Sarawak — the five rallying cries of Bersih 5,” it said.
“We urge the Sarawak state government to lift the ban against Thomas Fann and all Malaysians for a more united, new Malaysia.”
On Tuesday, Red Shirt leader Datuk Jamal Mohd Yunos vowed that the Red Shirts to take to the streets by the thousands on Nov 19 to counter Bersih 5.
“It is okay if they hold the assembly at venues where they are permitted to, such as at stadiums, but not just anywhere they like, as if there is no law in the country,” the Sungai Besar Umno division chief said.
“I warn Maria Chin Abdullah to respect the law. All this while, we live in peace, people can go shopping or mamak without any problem, but with ‘circus animals’ like them, peace in the country will be disrupted.
“Let red and yellow face off. Bersih and gang, wait for us and see what happens,” he said, refering to Bersih’s use of yellow as its colour.
The Heat Malaysia Online