Written by Maclean Patrick, Malaysia Chronicle
The call for Bersih 3.0 is building momentum and will continue to do so for as long as the Election Commission stays stubborn and refuses to admit there is anything wrong with the existing voting system.
Unlike, Bersih or Bersih 2.0, Bersih 3.0 does not need publicity. As a movement, Bersih has taken on a life of its own and it is now very much a citizen awareness movement.
Malaysians have come to learn the meaning of the words, indelible ink, election fraud, biometric fingerprinting and phantom voters, thanks to Bersih chief Ambiga Sreenevasan and her team. We now know about ‘instant-citizen’ voters, phantom voters and ghostly apparitions who appear right on cue at every general election.
Yet in the face of all this, the Election Commission and the prime minister remain absolutely sure that elections in Malaysia are free and fair.
Can Bersih 3.0 put an end to election fraud? Put it this way, it is the only form of pressure that Malaysians can apply on the BN government and the EC. So, this is one option that Malaysians must embrace and prepare themselves for. Or forever hold their peace when the country goes bankrupt or is turned into a police state.