Mariam Mokhtar | July 15, 2011
Bersih 2.0’s fight is against political thieves and while the likes of Mahathir will not understand what it means to be democratic, the security forces must realise this is their fight as well.
Asked to comment about Bersih 2.0 prior to the rally, Mahathir said, “I hope that it is not a clash between the Malays and the non-Malays.
“The Malays with the government and the non-Malays with Bersih. And also, it should not be Muslims against non-Muslims. That is the danger in Malaysia. You play that game, you will divide people. You divide people and then there will be no peace in the country.”
This is a subject that Mahathir is an expert in; these are the tactics he used to divide and destroy Malaysia.
However, in Bersih 2.0′s case, Mahathir was wrong. Malaysians were united behind the call for free, fair and clean elections. It was not a fight between Malays and non-Malays.
It had nothing to do with Islam versus Christianity or other faiths. Bersih’s eight-point plan for electoral reform does not distinguish between race, religion or social class.
The former PM is only protecting his privileged existence and shielding all the secrets of the acquisition of his wealth when he ruled Malaysia. He insulted both the Malays and the non-Malays when he said that Malays will clash with the non-Malays in Bersih 2.0.
Mahathir cannot even understand what it means to be Malay so how can he even understand what it is like to be truly democratic?
Malaysia is careering straight into a political upheaval. When Bersih 2.0 called for free, fair and clean elections, Umno and its sympathisers, which included the extremist group Perkasa, panicked and went into overdrive.