Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Of all the comments about Bersih, none are more despicable than those of Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who claimed that our reputation would be tarnished because the proposed Bersih march was politically motivated and threatened national security.
By Mariam Mokhtar
Bersih does not pose any threat to national security but is a threat to Muhyiddin, Umno and its cronies.
If the rakyat goes ahead with electoral reform and democracy is restored in Malaysia, then these people in Umno, and those who are closely associated with Umno, will lose everything. Some will lose their freedom.
Did Muhyiddin ever consider why he and his colleagues in Umno/BN allowed democracy to be destroyed in Malaysia, in the first instance?
Did he think that after 54 years, the rakyat would sit around and watch their country disintegrate?
It is all very well to call the Bersih rally illegal but what about the illegal machinations with which Umno/BN has conducted itself and the way it bulldozes the rakyat’s concerns.
There are several reasons why Malaysia’s reputation is tarnished and none involve Bersih. Many of the reasons have racial and religious undertones.
We have seen the cow-head incident and the Interlok book, test our Hindu brethren. We then saw our Christian brothers being subject to vilification by the ban of the word Allah, the removal of religious symbols in the presence of senior Cabinet ministers and how a child was whipped for eating pork sausages at school.