By JD Lovrenciear
June 22 rally an olive branch for powers-that-be
It is absolutely ridiculous how the powers that be and their appointed spokespersons slam the ‘Black 505' rallies. It is also most intimidating and ridiculous when leaders at the helm are charged with the responsibility of providing national security and safety to pre-empt the June 22 rally as something most violent and dangerous.
The latest statement reported in the media that even the army is on standby to zoom in and aid the police if the situation warrants it, makes the minority-polled government look like a totally inept leadership that is jittery all the way down to the gurkhas who carry out the masters’ directives.
The past many ‘Black 505' rallies numbering hundreds of thousands of citizens' participation have a registered track record of not only being peaceful, but have also proven to be orderly, disciplined and patriotic.
Yes, the crowds all across the nation have demonstrated that even without a single traffic cop or police personnel, they are capable of behaving without provocative behavior. The citizens are capable of being responsible that they even cart away the trash of plastic bottles and food wrappers from the vicinity at the end of the rallies.
The protesters also register their loyalty to the Agong and the nation as they end each rally with a passionate rendition of our national anthem with such vigor and dedicated respect; and the people have no qualms in extending so much of their goodwill as they help each other to carpool at the close of the rallies as public transport shuts down at close to midnight.
You do not get to see fistfights; no unruly behaviour, not even the blaring of car horns despite the choking traffic that takes hours to ease. No mat rempit-style stunts from motorcyclists despite the bumper-to-bumper bottlenecks as no traffic cops want to do their duty to His Majesty’s subjects.
No reports of injuries, yet the rakyat rope in their volunteer medic teams nevertheless, as the government will not send in the official medical support for His Majesty’s subjects.
The people - numbering tens of thousands at each rally in the past - have noticeably demonstrated that they are not taking the law into their own hands; that they are not out to destroy this nation; that they are mindful of their loyalty and respect for the Agong and the nation; that they are indeed staging a peaceful protest to merely register their rejection of undemocratic elections and to force recalcitrant politicians and salaried leaders to owe up.
Now, why are the uniformed leaders treating this nation’s citizens like some terrorists?
Incident-free, peaceful gatherings
Why are they making the rakyat feel most unwanted?
Why are they persistent in insulting His Majesty’s subjects - some 51 percent of the voting rakyat - who only want to return to His Majesty what rightfully belongs to the Crown, i.e. the dignity and honour of a nation that is peaceful, clean, fair and just?
All over the country this past several weeks since May 5, the ‘Black 505' rallies have showcased transparently, loudly and consistently that these are incident-free peaceful gatherings to register the citizens’ protest against undemocratic principles that fuel corruption and deceit.
Telling the media that the police and the army will be used against the citizens is a very grave and serious matter that cannot be allowed to continue.
The very fact that the fundamental duty of the police and the army is to protect this nation’s citizens against any harm and danger and to protect our nation’s sovereign status, demands that they stop issuing such unwarranted warnings that actually goes against our ruler’s repeated expressions, concerns and care for his subjects.
The security people's call of duty is to protect this nation’s citizens for as long as the people have expressed and proven that they are participating in these rallies to further uphold the sovereign status of this nation as a true constitutional monarchy free from the political sins of greed, lies, cheats, injustices and scheming thefts.
No nation can stop, deny, rob or obstruct its citizens’ right to participate in the cleansing of their nation according to established, promoted and upheld democratic standards of the world through peaceful and harmonious strategies and activities.
Only tyrants and wicked regimes who have been exploiting the masses will fear the proven and peaceful ‘Black 505' protest rallies. Only dictators will cloak their ill intents with faked statements as they peddle untruths of a possible “threat to national security”.
In short, leaders, please cut the c**p. Stop the bullying. Plug the leaks.
The fact to the entire world is, ‘Black 505' on June 22 is already gaining momentum and will emerge as the defining milestone in the political history of this nation as hundreds of thousands are expected to congregate with a united heart and mind to resuscitate this nation’s collapsing democracy.
‘Black 505' is not about political parties, but it is about reforming a parasitic political landscape that cannot anymore benefit all citizens and leave a legacy for centuries to come.
If there was no truth in the claims made at these rallies, the crowds would have fizzled out a long time ago and died a natural death.
But no, ‘Black 505' has been gaining momentum over time and in all likelihood, will arrive at a new crescendo this June 22. So, the police and the army must not make enemies with the public if they want to be party to the nation’s rebirth and future.
Instead, the police, the army and the powers-that-be, should wise-up and grab the olive branch that is extended through the coming rally and be a part of that crowning glory that returns to His Majesty a nation that will progress in the sunshine of democratic principles for all his subjects.