BERSIH 2.0: Some Thoughts

Bersih 2.0

Bersih 2.0

Today marks a day in Malaysian history which hopefully will bring change. Protesters marched onto the streets of KL and from we can see online arrests and action by the police have been strong but by God’s grace things did not turn super ugly.

Strangely enough I feel apathetic in all that’s going on. A march/protest is a personal stand yes but true change will only happen at elections when each Malaysian casts their vote. At that’s something that remains to be seen. I personally think that we need right people and it doesn’t matter which side of the fence they sit on; whether it be Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional. The day when we vote for a candidate based on his or her character is the day when change will truly happen in our nation.

Political change is one thing; but my personal take on things is that true change can only occur if we can do the following:

One: We need to love our neighbours as ourselves; meaning we need to truly love the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians and every other race that lives in our fair land. It makes no difference if we can bring change in government if we don’t learn how to truly care for others. We need to sweep away the generations of segregation and truly learn to live as one people.

Two: Political parties should be non-segregated; after all aren’t all men created equal? In the eyes of God skin colour does not exist and I truly believe we should select men & women of character to be our leaders. Pedigree and background matter not – strength of character and the ability to hold true to promises made for the betterment of the Rakyat is what counts.

These two things are the building blocks in things to come. As long as we choose to ignore these root issues; change will only be temporary. It’s not gonna be easy. The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. As long as we don’t change there do you really think we’ll see lasting change?

It’s something to think about. In the meantime, do pray for every one who was out there today and especially for those who have been arrested. Pray for their quick release especially for the innocent. I’m sure there were some troublemakers out in the crowd so I guess those really should spend a bit of time locked up but if the arrests were made unjustly then free those peeps.

Here’s looking to change at the election stands if we have our general elections this year. Let’s make a difference through our votes!

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6 thoughts on “BERSIH 2.0: Some Thoughts

  1. It’s not just about coming out to vote. It’s about changing the process so people would be better informed and have more control in who gets their vote. That is what Bersih is all about.

    Currently, there are too many abuses in the electoral process. Abuses which see political parties coming into power via dubious means. It’s about allowing every eligible Malaysian the choice to vote. If they wish to, they can. If they don’t want to, they also can. For more info and some documented abuses, you may want to read this: http://bersihwiki.wikidot.com/w4d:reasons

    Bersih was never about the vote itself, but about how that vote is cast and used.

    • True. But to the greater public I suspect that Bersih represented change more than what it originally stands for. No one walks the streets just for electoral reforms I believe. The motivation has to be stronger. 🙂

    • Hmmm… A thought just hit me. Having electoral reforms also means that we need to have people voting rightly too. Cleaning up the electoral process still doesn’t change the fact that people aren’t voting with enough insight. What do you think Pat? Just a thought. 🙂

      • Yup, I do agree with you.

        That’s why two of Bersih’s demands are about giving people the information they need to make conscious decisions:

        – A campaigning period of at least 21 days
        – Airtime to both sides of the party in the mainstream media

        I honestly think up till the time the Bersih steering committee met His Royal Highness, it was really all about electoral reform. However, when the Federal Government through Najib went back on his word…

        That was when Bersih became more than about electoral reform.

        Also, something to note: Bersih is probably one of the very few initiatives in Malaysia that’s about politics without the politicians, and without the racial stigma that comes with it. The steering committee isn’t predominantly one race, I believe, but all. That’s one of the reasons, I think, of why it worked. Because you had individuals who truly care about Malaysia all joining in.

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