Ismira Lutfia | July 12, 2011
In a show of solidarity with Malaysian activists calling for electoral reforms in their country, a number of Indonesian civil society organizations staged a rally on Tuesday in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta.
Chanting the word “bersih,” Malay for “clean,” 20 protesters representing the Alliance of Civil Societies for Clean Malaysia tried to erect a banner reading: “Bersih Malaysia Bersih Indonesia,” or “Clean Malaysia Clean Indonesia,” at the embassy’s gate.
The protestors also mimicked the act of cleaning the gate with mops and brushes.
Some of the protesters were also wearing masks depicting characters from the popular “Upin & Ipin” animated children’s show, which is set in rural Malaysia.
One of the protesters said the rally was not intended to meddle in the neighboring country’s domestic affairs, but that it was meant to serve as a reminder to the Indonesian government to make good on its own promises of reform and democratization that began a decade ago following the fall of President Suharto.