Hornbill Unleashed

October 27, 2016

Bersih should be sensible, ignore Red Shirts

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

kadir-jasin-bersih-merahBersih 2.0 needs to be more restrained and ignore the Red Shirts’ provocation as the former is a widely-accepted mass movement now, says Kadir Jasin.

“Bersih already has the sympathy of the Malaysian public, and it needs to be more magnanimous at this stage,” the former group editor-in-chief of the New Straits Times Press said in an interview with Radio Bangsar Utama last night.

“Bersih’s integrity and wisdom need to be greater. Just keep repeating the message of your struggle. That is better than confronting and attempting to answer the provocations of every critical party.”

This follows the recent series of scuffles between the Red Shirts and Bersih at a number of Bersih 5’s convoy locations promoting the latter’s cause since the beginning of October.

On 1 October, a scuffle broke out between the two groups at Teluk Intan, while a week later, the Red Shirts attacked a Bersih supporter on a motorcycle in Sabak Bernam.

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has also frequently traded barbs with Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos.

Kadir praised Bersih, which appears to have successfully transmitted its message to the rural areas, despite lacking positive coverage from the mainstream media.

“Overall, Bersih has become generally known despite the traditional media not being on their side.

“There may still be room for improvement. But the fact of the matter is that it has already reached Teluk Intan, Batu Pahat, and the village areas, showing that the movement has succeeded in terms of propaganda and information dissemination,” Kadir said.


Source : Aedi Asri@FMT Reporters Online


1 Comment »

  1. UMNO is using Red Shirt as an excuse to stop Bersih. Why? Because they are afraid of Bersih. Bersih is supported by the majority of Malaysians of all races. It’s the Voice of the People vs. a corrupted regime. It is clear that the BN government took a lot of flak by using the police to suppress the people’s demand, so now they outsource the hackling to a group of gangster. The government is actively working against Bersih and other NGOs to thwart people’s demand for a fair, just, accountable and transparent government. The government, in short, is anti-rakyat.

    What Bersih is doing is within the law, legal. What the Red Shirts do is not. It is gross intimidation. The way to stop all this mayhem is to put the fear of the law into Ali Tinju and his Red Devils. This is not the first time that the government has sided with the aggressors in such matters and blamed the victims. Does anybody remember the sad, nasty end of the early hopes for more progressive policies during the Badawi Prime Ministership? How peaceful NGOs tried to hold their own off-street meetings on Article 11 rights of religious freedom and on establishing an Interfaith Commission? And how they were attacked by the forerunners of this Red Shirt thuggery? Do people remember how nasty things threatened to become? And then how the government clamped down not on the street enforcers and intimidators but on the civic-minded, peaceful NGO people as the source of the trouble?

    Comment by Zuan — October 28, 2016 @ 3:55 PM | Reply


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