Latest update is that Bersih will hold its rally in Merdeka Stadium eventhough the stadium will be closed for an internal management sports event and renovations on that day.
I don’t know about the rest of us Malaysians, but for the Bersih coalition and Ambiga in particular, it had ingrained in their minds that they are above the law. Not only the Bersih coalition is an illegal entity, their continuous effort to break the law has become a nuisance and complete annoyance for the ordinary Malaysians.
Stopping short of breaking down the locked gates of Merdeka Stadium, I believe the only way for Bersih supporters to realise their objectives is for their leaders to quickly find another venue to hold their rally. I believe this is a good concept to hold; when posed with problems, better find solutions quickly rather than throwing tantrums all over the media.
The failure to find solutions in a rational and amicable manner is evidence enough that the Bersih leaders, and by default, Pakatan Rakyat leaders, do not know how to be problem solvers. But we all know about this weakness. It is the elephant in the room which almost all of the Pakatan Rakyat supporters chose to ignore.
Another big elephant in the room is the fact that Ambiga went to see the Agong, perhaps gave their memorandum to him and yet still would want to hold the demonstrations. But we all know that the ultimate aim of Bersih is to give the memo to the Agong! This is just too annoying.
Sure, we all talked about human rights to freedom but the magnitude of this blatant disregard of the rule of law will be a disastrous precedent. And let’s face it, there is no such thing as total freedom. The only thing that separates us from the animals is the rule of law.
That is why there are laws that govern us.
That is why in the end, police had to make the tough decision. When Bersih is trying be like indisciplined children, police just had to act tough.
91 barred from entering KL business district on July 9
KUALA LUMPUR: The police have obtained a restriction order preventing 91 people, including Bersih organisers, Patriot/Umno Youth and Perkasa from entering the city central business district on July 9.
Acting CPO SAC Datuk Amar Sing said the police would enforce the order under Section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code if any one of the names stated in the order defied the restriction.
Those on the list include Bersih chief Datuk S. Ambiga, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali
“They can be liable and charged under Section 188 of the Penal Code with Disobeying a Lawful Order of the Court which carries a maximum six months imprisonment or a fine or both upon conviction,” he said here Thursday.
It is also a matter of security and a risks of damages caused by the demonstrators. That is why I fully support the police to maintain peace and order in Kuala Lumpur by whatever means necessary.
Furthermore, when thousands of people gather in one place, the risk of property damage can be very high. An illegal entity like Bersih do not hold any legal responsibilities and be very difficult to subject them to any insurance claims and financial litigation. Sure enough, almost all insurance policies state that any damages caused by riots, demonstrations of war cannot be claimed.
Therefore, it would be interesting to see which stadium management company would give approval for Bersih to hold such rally. At the end of the day, it would be a business decision for them.
Bersih did say in their statement before meeting with Agong that Bersih will open dialogs with the relevant authorities. But after the meeting, they quickly did a flip flop as highlighted by blogger SatD here.
Gone were the purported dialog and in its place, the tendency to tear down the locked gates of Merdeka Stadium and storm into its field.
Your objective is not to hand over the memo to the Agong or to find solutions for a clean and free elections. Those are just diversions.
Your objective is to create chaos in the country.
Let us be honest for once.