Marina Mahathir, eldest daughter of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is convinced that the government had handled last Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally “extremely badly”.
“Many leaders, both in the public and private sectors, are saying the government could have avoided the Bersih 2.0 (fallout) by not making such a big issue out of it,” said Marina.
“The government could have simply dealt with it in a different way as the issue at hand is not that controversial. If you ask anyone, ‘do you want free and fair elections?’, the logical answer is ‘yes’ – no matter what side you are on.
“The government should have said, ‘we are for it too’.”