After having rested and had time to reflect on Bersih 3.0, I have come to the following conclusions.
Compared to Bersih 2.0
- It was so much easier to mobilise my church members to go. Many who regretted not taking part in Bersih 2.0 out of "fear", managed to overcome the invisible fear barrier and made their physical presence felt.
- We were much better prepared physically, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically for Bersih 3.0 compared to 2.0.
- As a church we could openly pray about the situation and condition of our beloved nation and where it is heading.
- There was obviously more Chinese people present this time around.
- More young people were in attendance.
- More recording devices were evident.
- People came much earlier.
- More food stalls were open this time around and did a roaring business eg along Petaling street.
- Bersih 3.0 merchandise were freely sold and quickly snapped up.
- The LRT station remained open initially, making it easier to reach the various venues.
- The turnout was very very impressive and awe inspiring to me. At Bersih 2.0, space was not exactly an issue as one could freely walk around - full but not packed.
At Bersih 3.0 it was sardine-packed - standing room only. Whenever they called people to "duduk-bantah" we all had a good laugh because there was just no space to sit down. The joke was the only way to get more space was if one fainted - then the people around will create space for you.
To get them up and out on a Saturday walking far distances and standing in the hot sun without fans and airconditioning - that they were willing to do just that is very telling and our leaders need to take note of that. To be fair many brought along their play-toys - smartphones, iPads etc which they put to good use.
This is in spite of cancellation of chartered bus services due to the government's threats and intimidation and many having to travel overnight to attend. Just shows their commitment and dedication to the cause of Bersih 3.0 being mindful that this are simple country folks, possibly uneducated and not among the 'financially privileged' class.
That to me shows that people are willing to sacrifice if they are convinced of the importance of the cause at hand - clean and fair elections coupled with handling of the Lynas issue are obviously two such causes.
- Why was the government so protective of Dataran Merdeka - a piece of green field that normally is open to any Ahmad, Ah Kow and Mathu to walk into, take pictures etc?
- Why was there a need to get a last minute one-sided court order to protect what is literally a 'padang' for a very limited time span?
- When the home minister had stated and reiterated that Bersih 3.0 was no threat to security, why was there a need for all the police action?
- The home minister has also stated and reiterated that Bersih 3.0 had no "traction with the people", why did the police go overboard in handling it?
- For those who broke through the "barricade" - why not just arrest them (more than enough police personnel around for that purpose) and leave the vast peaceful majority who were not breaking any law along?
- Why were some police personnel without name tags and numbers? Is it legal? What is there to hide or fear?
- Why were media and press staff doing their lawful duty - prevented, threatened and even set upon by the police?
Cameras smashed, memory cards removed or smashed? And our home minister has the 'gall' to state that police were just following their SOP - what utter rubbish.
As a sidenote - I will not be surprised if the grass and greenery in Dataran Merdeka turn brown and die in the coming days, not from the protesters but from the chemically laced water freely dispersed over the field.
This will be poetic justice as testimony to a regime in its death throes, that has lost touch with its own citizens and no longer exist for the sake and welfare of the people in the nation but only to guard and maintain their own position and privileges.
God Bless Malaysia and her Citizens.