Truth will prevail
The government may have its version of July 9 but it cannot distort the picture simply because the people also know the truth.
Pictures do not tell a lie. If images of police brutality are shown on video sites over the Internet, there is no way the authorities can deny or cover up the truth. Take the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9. Tens of thousands took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to show solidarity with Bersih in its demand for free and fair elections but they were crudely interrupted by the might of state power. The police came down hard on them in an explosive mixture of tear gas and water cannons. They used them indiscriminately on the helpless citizens who were caught in a bind and were unable to seek refuge. The “brutes” in uniform showed no compunction in their attack on the crowd. They beat, manhandled, kicked, trampled, punched, slapped – and all their action seen by eyewitnesses and captured on photographs and videos. Yet the authorities pretended the events did not take place. One former minister who should have known better had the gall to declare that pictures and videos do not tell the truth. An even dumber minister blamed the protesters for ambushing a hospital which was hit by volleys of tear gas. He even blamed the wind for blowing the tear gas into the hospital compound.
The evidence against what the police did to the people is overhelming. But the government says it has its own video and photographic version which gives a “true” account of what happened on the city streets. Then show them to the public and let the people judge for themselves how authentic is the government interpretation. Many people who took part in the “Walk for Democracy” can surely verify the veracity or otherwise of the police story. It would all boil down to the people versus the government in the fight for truth. Certainly, the police will strive with all their might to defend their action. They seem to think they have a monopoly on honesty and only their words are gospel truth. Their so-called evidence will be given prominent play in the mainstream media, but it will not fool anyone. The government has lost its credibility a long time ago and whatever it does will be greeted with large doses of cynicism and scepticism. Discerning readers have the alternative media to speak their mind and vent their wrath on all the propaganda stuff expected to be spewed out.