Why would Red Shirt leader Datuk Mohd Jamal Yunos claim that electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has been infiltrated or is under the influence of terrorist group Islamic State (IS)? Our first reaction would be to laugh off this ludicrous claim.
The coalition for clean and fair elections and the brutal terrorist organisation are as different as chalk and cheese. One fights for the democratic reforms while the other is on a ruthless and ridiculous dream to establish a caliphate.
IS gets its power from the barrel of the gun while Bersih counts on the people’s support. One seizes power while the other seeks to empower others. We need not get to the modus operandi of these two as they are as clear as day.
The savage but nascent group of terrorists moved into several territories and dismantled the structure of societies which they deemed inappropriate. Without the economic knowledge to sustain already thriving communities, they imposed absolute rule by firearms where murder and rape are allowed.
Bersih 2.0, even if you disagree with its objectives or doubt its sincerity, is pushing for reforms to empower voters. By holding holders of public office accountable, it hopes to ensure greater democracy.
Some news reports said Jamal claimed that IS has infiltrated Bersih, some said he alleged that the planned the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19 is under the influence of IS.
Influenced or infiltrated, why would the two opposites be in cahoots? That defies logic as working with the IS would mean Bersih has abandoned its objective to empower the citizens. The coalition doesn’t have to bother about getting people to take to the streets if it has compromised its original objective.
Yet, Jamal claimed that based on information that his movement received, Bersih 2.0 had engaged consultants from Thailand and Taiwan in order for the rally to successfully topple the federal government through a street rally.
“We wanted to fight Bersih in the early stages. From trustworthy sources that we received, they have been infiltrated by the IS,” said Jamal, who is the Sungai Besar Umno division chief.
He alleged that Bersih’s ultimate aim is to shut down the operation of strategic places such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
“They do not just want to gather but in the end, through their consultants, they want to surround strategic places like KLIA and KLIA2 so that these places cannot operate just like Thailand did years ago… this is what we got from sources,” he said.
Is Jamal saying Bersih 2.0 sought foreign expertise to cripple vital infrastructure in its bid to overthrow the government by force? As absurd as these claims are, they are serious allegations. The Red Shirt leader has to be held accountable for these allegations.
We can’t allow a rabble-rouser holding political office to shoot his mouth off. We can’t allow anyone to sully the reputation or disparages the efforts of others through wild allegations.
Eddie Hoo@The Heat Malaysia Online