Choose a route and we will follow, Bersih tells IGP
KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Bersih has asked the police to suggest a route for its July 9 march to ensure that the rally goes off without a hitch, in what appears to be an attempt to bridge the growing divide between both parties.
Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the election watchdog presented the suggestion to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in the hopes that he would be open-minded and work with Bersih.
“We have asked them, the police, now you choose from one point in Kuala Lumpur to Taman Jaya, whatever,” she told reporters outside Bukit Aman police headquarters here after meeting with IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
“You choose what route, we will follow. And we will do it peacefully.”
The police were required by law to protect any party wanting to hold an assembly and could arrest those who refused to gather in peaceful fashion, she pointed out.
Ambiga revealed that Ismail did not respond to the request during the “very friendly” meeting but stressed that she remained “ever hopeful” Bersih will get a positive answer from him next week.
“This will go on with police help. That is what I’m positive about... And I’m going to remain positive because that’s best for everybody,” she said.
Ambiga declined to comment on Bersih’s next course of action if the IGP remained steadfast in his refusal to let the rally take place, saying she would cross that bridge when she came to it.
Bersih will take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on July 9 to demand free and fair elections.
The government, however, insists that elections are already free and fair, citing the opposition’s historic gains in Election 2008.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hopes the demonstration will generate momentum ahead of a general election expected within a year.
The first Bersih rally in 2007 saw up to 50,000 people take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur before being dispersed by police armed with tear gas and water cannon.
The demonstration has been partly credited for PR’s record gains in the 2008 general election, which saw the opposition pact swept to power in five states and won 82 parliamentary seats.
The police, however, have alleged that the Bersih 2.0 rally is being masterminded by foreign parties who wish to see chaos in the country and have promised to crack down on Bersih supporters if they go ahead with the march.
Taken from The Malaysian Insider
Everyone especially the younger generation should read the book "13 Mei Sebelum Dan Selepas" which had been written by our former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana
This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
In fact, the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education should make this book something compulsory to be read by the students because they are plain ignorant of the dark history of our country.
In the book, I noticed that what had been done by the ultra kiasus is being repeated here where they asked for a route which will be approved by the police, but then on that day itself, will not follow what had been approved in the first place.
I can bet my soul to the devil that the same modus-operandi is being copy cat here where they will act like a wide-eyed innocent virgin and will act like a total a$$h0le when that day comes.
Can we trust those responsible for the losses suffered by the city during the 1st Bersih rally in 2007 not to repeat their rowdy acts this coming 9th July?
What action should be taken by the authorities and the businessmen/businesswomen who suffered losses on that day if the same thing occured? Are the organizers going to pay for the losses endured by them?
Those motherf***ers should be imprisoned for causing both the government and the public to experience losses.
I am definitely sure that they will claim bancruptcy if they are sued by both the government and the public. So, if that is what they will do, the government should jail them for a long time since they are unable to bear the cost of the damage of what they had done.