In case it may have somehow escaped your notice, the Bersih 5 rally will be held in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. The planned mass protest is likely to turn out as the vast majority of them did: peaceful, with some excruciatingly intense bits in between.
Unfortunately, unlike in the previous years, there have already been mass counter movements – volatile ones, at that – that have arisen to pre-emptively respond to the civil movement for symbolic cleanliness.
The Red Shirt movement gang have responded with varying degrees of venom and violence towards not only the Bersih organisers, but even the general public and members of the mainstream media who happen to have been caught in the crossfire as well.
Amazingly, Umno leaders had the gall to claim that the actions of Datuk Jamal Yunos and his horde had nothing to do with the political party. But clearly, anyone who has studied history can see that a lot of agitation and aggravated political events locally can be traced back to the political party – and particularly placed at the feet of its Youth division.
Setting a Malaysian Record for stretching the term “youth” to its breaking point. Umno Youth has for decades rowdily shown its displeasure at a wide variety of groups – from Jews, Communists, foreigners, local ethnicities, and more – for a variety of ills plaguing the national economy and society.
Just recently, a group of protesters led by Umno Youth leader Armand Azha Abu Hanifah threw empty buckets at the Selangor secretariat building in Shah Alam to protest water shortages in the state.
This is amazing, because water shortages were not unknown during the many decades the state was under Umno rule – yet there were no such protests from these young self-proclaimed manly warriors back then. Perhaps they were too juvenile back then, revelling at the chance of not having to bathe?
This follows from the Black Shirt protest in Penang, calling for both the resignation of the Chief Minister and for Bersih to be banned. Hilariously, the clueless boys all wore the “raised fist logo” that is known worldwide as a Socialist symbol – a movement they are vehemently against. They also claimed to be for every colour except yellow; which means that someone can probably make a lot of money off of old t-shirt stocks in unpopular shades.
These haplessly misguided males need someone – preferably from the Bersih Coalition itself – to tell them that their stance is akin to saying that they do not Malaysia want to have free and fair elections, to have a clean government, and to have the right to dissent; although for the latter, perhaps they are only interested in having exclusive rights to dissent, i.e. “I can complain, but don’t you dare do the same!”.
It may be a mystery for them to know “apa lagi Cina mahu”. For all right-thinking Malaysians, we know “apa yang kami mahu” – and that is for you, O Umno Youth members, to grow up, get over yourself, and stop harassing people.
No one owes you a living – and just because you are angry and/or offended doesn’t make you or your actions right. The quicker you understand that, the quicker you can find proper employment as a useful citizen of the world.
And is there a kindly English teacher out there who can please give them lessons on how to use Google Translate properly? Because translating “Himpunan Pemuda Bangkit” as “Ride Against Corruption” only shows that you sloppily mistook the word “rise” for “ride” – which means that when you think you are ascending to Heaven by creating chaos on Earth, you are merely being taken for a ride…
Source : Ahmad Azrai@The Heat Malaysia Online