BERSIH: March to the Istana

Abdullah should show the world that Malaysia is a democratic country by allowing the peaceful gathering organized by Bersih to submit a memorandum to the Yang di Pertuan Agong on electoral reforms

/ Lim Kit Siang

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should show the world that Malaysia is a democratic country by allowing the peaceful gathering organized by Bersih (Coalition for Free and Fair Elections) at the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to submit a memorandum to the Yang di Pertuan Agong on electoral reforms.

Malaysia will become the laughing-stock in the international arena if Malaysians are not even allowed the fundamental and constitutional right provided in the Malaysian Constitution for 50 years to gather peacefully to submit a petition to the Royal Palace, not to advocate any violence or even for an overthrow of the government, but for electoral reforms to ensure that the next general election is clean, free and fair and the election results are  not marred by electoral abuses, fraud and other malpractices.

Bersih officials have appealed to the Kuala Lumpur City Chief Police Officer, Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib against the rejection by the Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman for a permit the gathering at Dataran Merdeka.

The Police should be mindful of the important declaration in the Rukunegara that Malaysia is dedicated “to maintaining a democratic way of life”, and as such, it is one of the national objectives which the Police should be duly committed to protect and promote – by allowing the peaceful gathering to submit a petition to the Yang di Pertuan Agong on electoral reforms.

There is no basis whatsoever for the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan to be “doubtful of the intentions” of Bersih or the peaceful character of the gathering as its sole purpose is to submit a petition to the Yang di Pertuan Agong.

I for one can vouch for the bona fide of the peaceful gathering tomorrow and that there is no intention whatsoever by anyone to create any untoward incident.

I call on the Police to work with patriotic Malaysians who are concerned about fulfilling the Rukunegara objective to maintain a meaningful democratic way of life by allowing the peaceful submission of a petition to the Yang di Pertuan Agong to be carried out smoothly without any impediment from any quarter.

The Police has announced that 4,000 police personnel have been mobilized at Dataran Merdeka to keep the peace. This is clearly an over-reaction and over-mobilisation, but with 4,000 police personnel, the police should have all the necessary assurances to ensure that the peaceful gathering to submit the petition to the Yang di Pertuan Agong will indeed be a peaceful one or something is very wrong with the status of law and order in Malaysia.

Let tomorrow be a day where all Malaysians can hold their heads high that democracy in Malaysia is observed in practice and not just in words.

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  Selamatkan Malaysia!

The IGP has directed some 4,000 police to prevent the gathering of 100,000 people on Saturday afternoon. Road blocks are everywhere to prevent people from entering the Dataran Merdeka. 

People have to be creative and imaginative to get into the KL city centre first. Come to KL as early as possible.

Make sure you are one of the 100,000 who make it to the Dataran Merdeka.

Proceed to the Istana if you somehow could not make it to the Dataran Merdeka. You should be able to at least witness the BERSIH’s delagation to enter the palace.

C U there!!!

2 Responses to “BERSIH: March to the Istana”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    November 9, 2007
    From the Office of Anwar Ibrahim

    Salam sejahtera Saudara/Saudari

    Perubahan Sistem Pilihanraya dan Masa Hadapan Malaysia

    Hak untuk mendapatkan sebuah sistem pilihanraya yang bersih dan adil adalah merupakah hak demokratik yang dimiliki segenap lapisan rakyat Malaysia. Rakyat Malaysia mempunyai, secara sah disisi undang-undang untuk memperolehi hak ini, juga melaksanakan dan mengubah sebarang bentuk elemen sistem tersebut sebagai satu mesej kepada kerajaan untuk mengubah sistem pilihanraya yang jelas kelihatan korup dan hanya memihak kepada pihak-pihak yang mempunyai kepentingan dan kuasa.

    Perhimpunan rakyat yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 10hb. November 2007 di Kuala Lumpur menunjukkan bahawa ia merupakan satu langkah di dalam kempen rakyat untuk mengubah sistem dan mengawalselia proses pilihanraya daripada korupsi dan sebarang bentuk penipuan.

    Rakyat yang bakal menghadiri perhimpunan tersebut mewakili masyarakat Malaysia yang peka bahawa demokrasi tidak akan hadir semudah disangka. Hak asasi kita untuk diperintah oleh kelompok yang bebas dan bermoral adalah satu hak yang kadangkala memerlukan pengorbanan besar dan keupayaan untuk berhadapan dengan sebarang bentuk intimidasi dan kesukaran.

    Saya ingin merakamkan setinggi penghargaan kepada penganjur perhimpunan ini atas keupayaan kepimpinan dan visi mereka yang begitu cemerlang untuk merealisasikan perhimpunan ini.

    Saya juga merakamkan rasa terharu ke atas ribuan rakyat yang merantau dari seluruh pelusuk negara untuk melaksanakan hak demokratik mereka untuk berhimpun secara aman dan menyatakan pendirian mereka.

    Negara kita sudah berada di satu persimpangan. Untuk meneruskan keadaan yang parah ini hanya akan menyaksikan rakyat terus dinafikan hak dan dicabul maruahnya. Generasi terdahulu sebelum kita menggesa kita supaya berubah dan memperjuangkan nilai-nilai di mana negara akan terus kekal berdiri dengan prinsip perpaduan, kesaksamaan dan keadilan.

    Generasi yang bakal mengikuti jejak langkah kita kelak akan menoleh sejarah dan mengiktiraf pejuang-pejuang rakyat yang berhimpun pada 10hb. November dan memperjuangkan hak yang sekian lama dirampas daripada rakyat.

    Justeru, saya menggesa seluruh rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengira kepercayaan, bangsa, agama dan ideologi politik untuk menyertai pergerakan ini dan hadir menyatakan sokongan pada Sabtu, 10 November 2007 di Dataran Merdeka.

    Bersama kita menggarap usaha ke arah Malaysia yang lebih baik!

    ANWAR IBRAHIM

    Greetings!

    Electoral reform and the future of Malaysia

    The right to free and fair elections is a democratic right to which the people of Malaysia are entitled. The Malaysian people have, in lawful pursuit of this right, exercised and exhausted all means of recourse to petition their government to reform an electoral system that is visibly corrupt and beholden to vested interests and the powers that be.

    The rally that is scheduled to take place on November 10th in Kuala Lumpur represents the next step in our campaign to reform the system and safeguard the electoral process from fraud and corruption.

    Those who attend the rally represent a vanguard of Malaysian society who realise that democracy does not come served on a silver platter. Our basic right to be governed by people who are just and of sound moral character is a right that sometimes requires great sacrifice and courage in the face of intimidation and adversity.

    I commend the organizers of the rally for their leadership and visionary thinking in bringing this event to fruition.

    I also applaud the thousands who are traveling to our nation’s capital to exercise their democratic right to peaceful assembly and free expression.

    Our nation has reached a crossroads. To continue along the current trajectory is to ensure our continued decline and to rob us of our dignity as a people. The legacy of our founding fathers urges us to change and to reclaim the values upon which the nation was founded – unity, equity and justice.

    The generations who follow ours will look back in history and glorify those patriots who were steadfast on November 10th to reclaim the rights that have been usurped from us all.

    I therefore urge all Malaysians of conscience, irrespective of race, national origin, religion or political affiliation to join this movement and to appear on Saturday in Merdeka Square. Let us work together for a better Malaysia.

    ANWAR IBRAHIM

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Just a while ago, PM Abdullah in his winding up speech at the Umno general assembly warned the rakyat not to take part in tomorrow’s peaceful gathering at dataran merdeka. this did not came as a surprise as he is the culprit behind the SPR all all the irrregularities and hanky-panky.

    Without the flawed and dirty electoral system, sleepy head like AAB have not much of a chance to win in election.

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