Sunday, April 29, 2012

Was it worth cordoning off Dataran Merdeka?

Bersih 3.0!

300,000 participants.

Really, with such a turnout, was Dataran Merdeka even necessary, other than serving as a convening point for participants (rather than rubbing off on the concept of ‘freedom’ it is supposed to symbolize)?

The point has again been made in no uncertain terms that Malaysians want, nay, demand ‘clean and fair elections’.

That I even have to use quotation marks to emphasize ‘clean and fair elections’ indicates how alien such a process, namely ‘clean and fair elections’, has become in Malaysia, especially in the last thirty years or so. It could have been something we should at least expect, if not take for granted in the way voters in other countries with real democracies do.

It’s an indictment on the absence of the so-called impartiality, independence and integrity in the Election Commission (EC) that I have to use those quotation marks to highlight Bersih’s raison d'être for its mammoth sit-in. The EC Chairperson and his deputy are UMNO members eh, ptui!

Our democratic dues have to become instead a quest through such Bersih campaigns. The two Dirty Rotten Scoundrels heading the EC must resign or be removed.

But alas, Bersih has had its peaceful sit-in blemished by the incident of police tear-gassing a section of the crowd. The men in blue claimed they had to when someone broke through the fenced up Square and was then joined by many.

Now, that a small group breaking through the police barrier has not been disputed. But what Bersih (in the person of Ambiga Sreenevasan) hasn’t been able to confirm yet has been the identity of that unruly mob, who in ignoring Ambiga’s instruction to end the sit-in and disperse, has brought about (or set up the excuse for) the violence.

Naturally Ambiga wants to lay her hands quickly on some facts. She’s very upset that the violence had taken place and spoilt the otherwise perfect profile of a peaceful sit-in. Ambiga demands that the full extent of the law apply to those responsible, regardless of who they are.

Who were they?

Inevitably the authority and PKR are pointing fingers at each other.

PKR, and I suppose Pakatan, claim that they were UMNO agents provocateur sent to incite violence to cast aspersions on the participants, in particular Anwar Ibrahim. I read of this in Bernama which asserted that Anwar gave the order for his people to break through and occupy Dataran Merdeka.

Read also Malaysiakini's Papers blame Azmin, Anwar for 'instigating' chaos which states:

Anwar had in his speech at Masjid Negara told protesters to “proceed to Dataran, whatever happens”, but said it was Azmin’s speech that changed the mood.

“It is believed that the crowd became unruly after a speech by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali who asked the demonstrators ‘if you want to occupy Dataran Merdeka’."

“His question was met with cries of “hancur rempuh, buka pagar” (crash and destroy, open the gates)”

But given the mainstream media’s political allegiance and my lack of confidence in its impartiality I hesitate to accept its pitch wholesale yet though what has been written about Azmin Ali sounds typical of his proclivity.

I said I ‘hesitated’ because, while I am not confident of Bernama,or the Sunday Star or Mingguan Malaysia, it is not totally implausible for a scenario which sees a hot head, fired up by the momentous occasion and with adrenalin on speed, decided to burst through the police cordon in a solo bid for glory. And he could have supporters who too might have wanted to share that moment of exuberant glory. When there were 300,000 participants who could really claim all were in peaceful control of themselves?

Muhyiddin naturally put the blame on Bersih but then he’s so low brow we can just ignore that political Neanderthal's usual mumbling.

Now, I did warn in my earlier post Bersih - "Uncle okay?", Auntie is okay! that:

Pakatan leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, Hadi Awang & Lim Kit Siang and their senior lieutenants, must allow Bersih to be seen clearly by the Malaysian public as a non-Pakatan affiliated movement for clean and fair elections, and deserving of support by ALL concerned citizens, thus these Pakatan leaders, while supporting Bersih, must remain in the publicity background and not selfishly hijack the rally for their own political interests.

But Anwar just had to make a speech, didn’t he? Couldn’t he remain quietly in the background and let Ambiga be the main person for the day? Why must he have to make a speech which invariably would overlay the civil movement with the sheen of political parties? Knowing manmanlai's craze for publicity and the spotlight, I had not been wrong to predict his inability to stay in the background.

And I read that there were cries of ‘Hancur Rosmah’. Typical! WTF has that got to do with Bersih?

As I had written:

In the synthesized declarations of Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin Abdullah: “Bersih is a coalition of 84 NGOs and not a political organization. Civil society will lead its rally and assembly.” The message to Malaysians must be unequivocally and unambiguously clear that Bersih 3.0 in demanding clean and fair elections is a campaign by very concerned and politically-neutral citizens who are neither pro Pakatan nor anti BN, or vice versa. Far more importantly, Bersih’s efforts are pro public interests and anti-corrupt elections. Bersih seeks to prevent nefarious forces from cheating the voters of their choice of representatives.

Alas, that was not to be.

The regrettable observations were the following:

(1) Marina Mahathir made the most striking observation which sent her ballistic – she was wont to write in her blog Rantings by MM:

I saw the photos of the police rolling out the barbed wire and I saw red. Since when did our police, or whoever is their boss, roll out barbed wire - barbed wire!! - against their own people?? Are we thugs? Terrorists? Thieves?

Marina Mahathir at the police razor wired barrier
photo from her blog

(2) Violence against the police which required some cooler heads in the rally to provide protection for a police driver who had hit several participants, and where even his police car was overturned. He subsequently informed Malaysiakini that he had passed out from losing a lot of blood after a "hard object hit his head on the left side" - see MKINI's Driver: I passed out before crash.

As much as I deplore police brutality, and indeed our police have a notorious reputation for such, I have to worry when members of the public attacked the police and police property. This smacked of anarchism or worse, armed revolt.

The last time I heard of police being attacked was from my uncle who revealed that some thirty years ago, a (Indian) police inspector in Alor Setar, known for his brutality and bullying ways, bashed up a Royal Malay Regiment soldier on one of his arrogant kick-ass forays. Wrong person to bash!

The victim marshalled his mates from the barracks and armed to the teeth surrounded the police station where the brute was. Several shots were fired in the air with the soldiers demanding the inspector step out to face the music (rat-tat-tat music?). My Uncle heard that the IGP and Army Chief had to swiftly intervene before Fort Apache with our MGR in it were blasted up to shreds.

In a much earlier incident (in the 70’s?) the IGP was assassinated in the heart of KL by a CT. And even earlier than that, my granduncle who served in the SB was assassinated, also by a CT.

But such violence against the police meant breaking the law, and this was precisely what DAP’s VP, Tunku Abdul Aziz, had been worried about when he refused to back Bersih. Should the authority’s (and Bernama's) allegations against Anwar Ibrahim for egging his people to break the police cordon of Dataran Merdeka prove to be correct, there’s going to be a lot of “I told you so” at DAP HQs.

However, the Sunday Star reported that:

DAP vice-chairperson Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, who opposed the Bersih 3.0 demonstration being held at Dataran, was “appalled” by the outcome.

“The temptation to say I told you so is compelling but I shall refrain from gloating over it.”

But in the same token, reports (with photos) of the police bashing some protestors out of anger because they (the police) heard a policeman was killed (which turned out to be untrue), was sheer total lack of professionalism and discipline. Such a lamentable state of affairs is even worse than anarchy or violent revolt, because we expect professionals to behave professionally. But then, the PDRM haven’t been exactly noted for professionalism and discipline.

Now, regardless of whether UMNO had sent its agents provocateur or that a PKR supporter decided to do the exact opposite of what Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape, breaking in instead of out, Bersih has been a success, though marred by a situation which saw Malaysians being pitted violently against Malaysians – Malaysian civilians against Malaysian police and vice versa.

So, was it worth cordoning off Dataran Merdeka? Can you cordon off a cry for ‘clean and fair elections’ by a tsunami of 300,000 strength?


  1. Anwar Ibrahim's speech during Bersih 3.0 - the recording is available on YouTube - concerned Bersih's demands, and the Government's lack of sincerity in addressing them. It was very much on-topic.

    He did NOT turn it into a PKR stump speech. "Hancur Rosmah" came from someone in the crowd, unrelated to Anwar's message.
    I can't say I blame the sentiments, though.

    BTW, it has been confirmed the said police car went out of control and overturned, NOT tipped over by the crowd.

    It is unfortunate how events turned out. After the police rough tactics in Bersih 2.0, some participants obviously came prepared to dish it back out to the police in the event Police again employed Neanderthal tactics.
    I don't condone violence, but I'm not surprised. Not everyone wants to be Gandhi.

  2. Just to be fair PKR members are not known for their violence. In fact they are victims of violence from UMNO goons at their ceramahs more so than DAP or PAS.

  3. Bersih 3.0 is Dirty !

  4. A simple way
    The authorities forgot
    Bersih wanted to sit in
    Why all the fuss and hiccups?

    The authorities wanted to show
    “Who was the boss?”
    We heard it so often
    They forgot about the people

    The people put them there
    In one stroke these leaders forgot
    Clean and fair they couldn't be bothered
    They exclaimed “Who was the boss?”

    The unfairness had been seen
    Like the Spartan era of 300
    They fought for their believe
    In it history was made

    Bersih 300,000 people
    All walks of lives colours and religions
    What did they tell the Bee Anne?
    The Malaysian Walls have to go

  5. As usual, total non objectivity.

    Even though it is PROVEN that the instigators of the violence is 100% the corrupt PDRM!

    If anything, look at the people who got arrested and bashed up from Tian Chua to Chegubard.

    If anything, i think once the PDRM sees anybody recognisable from Parti PKR, they went out of their way to target PKR faces and bashed them.

    In fact, I salute PKR for being brave enough to go to the forefront.

    As usual, ktemoc can't see the trees for the forest. What more can u expect from this loser, I am just surprised ktemoc didnt come up with more Allah will deal with them crap causing them sleepless nights nonsense.

    So long as DSAI doesnt win, yeah right causing some UMNO bastards some sleepless nights is the sum total of what ktemoc wants.


  6. KT, I dont know you are purposely self-deluding or provoking us that it was a peaceful assembly.
    The 300,000 figure is also disputed. Most estimate it at only 100,000 including some illegal immigrant traders. Who don't want to be in when paid.
    Nik Aziz also admitted that he paid pocket money for his constituency people to go to the sit-in. Of course Anwar will deny it.
    KT, how can it be bersih when Mr dirty is involved. And you asked why is he speaking.
    Hello, that is his show. And you portray Ambiga as being innocent. Come on, Bersih 1 and 2 are the same and she knows so well how it will be on this series 3.
    She's got her own fish to fry too.
    Judging from press reports it was Anwar and Azmin who instigated the protestors to open the barbed wire.
    And how do you explain the overturning of police cars, beating the cops that some landed in hospital and the stealing of the police gun. Even reporters are man-nadled and punched.
    If that is Bersih, KT I don't know what is kotor. It's like being mired in pig swill.
    If you want a taste of how Anwar's rule of PM will be, look at the actions of the hooligans.
    There will be no rule of law but rule of the streets. God forbid Malaysia to fall by the road-side where hooligans are king.

  7. The group that actually derives the most tangible benefits from Bersih 3.0 are DAP and the Chinese.

    But they have cleverly hidden their hand, and happily let the Melayu do all the heavy lifting.

    The biggest fools have been the doddering septuagenarian A Samad Said and the Malay youths.

    The Indian Brahmin Woman made use of Bersih for her purposes, but she in turn has been played out by Brother Nuar and Azmin.

  8. KT,cordoning off independence square should not be blamed for the violence.It is a small portion of the huge crowd who breached the barricades.

    These small rowdy crowd was mostly instigated and provoked by opposition politicians to charged at the baricades.It is to provoked the police to spring into reacting.

    This time around,the police were more accomodating.The rally goers seems to think so.The festival like atmosphere,taking of pictures standing in front and besides the policemen,the protesters feeling comfortable.

    But some elements among the crowd is determined to see trouble erupt before the show is over.As they know what crowd control is.Sheer brute force to intimidate and cowed the rowdy crowd,means physically apprehending the culprits.

    That is what the instigators wanted the people and the international community to see.The police manhandling and brutalising the crowd.

  9. except on the issue of cordoning off the Square (which belongs to the people, not DBKL or BN) I agree with Bruno's other views.

    Many BN people have accused Malaysiakini of being an opposition paper but read its article by Nigel Aw "How the Dataran cordon was breached" [] which included a video from FMT. The video showed the beach starting from where Azmin Ali was.

    MIKINI reported: "In a video published by Free Malaysia Today, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was clearly seen motioning to NGO and Pakatan leaders on top of the truck in a “come over” gesture while standing right next to the barricade.

    Some of people on top of the truck appeared to disagree and an unidentified person on top of the truck waved his hand in a “no” motion.

    After this exchange, Azmin was seen trying to step down from an elevated platform and people surrounding him conducted the first breach.

    A wall of newsmen behind the cordon took several steps back as a few people broke through the barricade and euphoria took over as more charged in.

    Some of PAS’ maroon-uniformed Unit Amal personnel were helpless in their attempts to stop the advancing crowd.

    Following this, two water cannons were deployed, firing chemical-laced water, but this appeared ineffective, prompting the police to fire numerous rounds of teargas to finish the job.

    According to some eyewitnesses, prior to Ambiga’s and Anwar’s arrival next to the barricade, several Pakatan leaders had tried to infer to the crowd that the ultimate objective was to “masuk (enter)” and that the police should “buka (open)” a path."

    Based on this report, I have to say (as I had warned) Azmin Ali and his mob hijacked Bersih from Ambiga for their own PKR political agenda and provoked the police to take action. As I wrote in my post, this would be typical of Azmin Ali's proclivity. He has blemished the peaceful Bersih rally. He has been the trouble maker.

    However, it still doesn't mitigate away the police subsequent unwarranted brutality - professionals must always behave professionally and not be influenced by rumours of a policeman being killed, more so when that information was untrue. Even if true, a professional mustn't give way to emotions.

  10. Take a close look at the so-called "Violent PKR troublemaker", see who he really is, in action after that.

    I know how deeply you detest PKR, but please don't switch off your brain.
    I am, of course, assuming you have one in the first place.

  11. You expect me to accept a photo of an isolated incident against a video clip from FMT (which runs for a few minutes showing Azmin Ali's speech on a rostrum followed by the breach in the police cordon to FRU spraying water and firing tear gas against some unruly people who had been standing around Azmin Ali when he made his speech) as proof of PKR's innocence? You've been the one who has had your brains switched off, assuming you have one in the first palce wakakaka.

  12. Me thinks the one who has his brains swtiched off is the joker who invokes Allah ! , ALLAH no cause some sleepless nights to some UMNO running dogs.

    That he thinks is his greatest contribution against Barisan Najis.

    Sad pathetic fool.


  13. The Video is a thoroughly disgusting indictment of Pakatan Rakyat politicians

    We cannot allow this kind of dangerous rabble rouser to be the government.

    I'm definitely voting for Barisan Nasional and UMNO after seeing all this.

  14. About the police car incident, I saw three videos. One was of the car speeding off with a whole bunch of protestors throwing things at it.
    Next video, the car was speeding then went out of control and crashed.
    Third video, a guy wearing a crash helmet and shorts came out of the car and was immediately pounced on by some of the protestors. Then a yellow shirted guy covered a guy in police uniform coming out of the car and prevented anybody from harming him. Then cries of there's someone under the car, and the protestors lifted the car.

    Conclusion: a plain clothes plant wearing a crash helmet was discovered and he run and jumped into the patrol car. Protestors who were after him started to throw stuffs at the car as it sped off with the plain clothes guy.
    The driver was clearly nervous and when out of control and crashed.
    The plain clothes guy came out of the crashed car and was set upon. The guy in uniform was not set upon. His injuries were due to the crash (The Star today quoted him saying he was alone in the car and scared).
    Protestors lifted the car upon hearing some lady screaming about some one under the car. False alarm.

    If someone could find those videos and edit them together, it will help in some small way to put an end to the spin about this car crash.

  15. Aussie Malaysian10:57 am, April 30, 2012

    The moral of the story is...don't carry out this kind of street protest.

    You may think you can do it peacefully, many things can happen , whether by random accident, Act of God, misunderstanding or deliberate provocation, can turn the protest into a tragedy.
    Anwar, Azmin, Ambiga all, by varying degrees, have blood on their hands.

  16. Aussie Malaysian,
    Sorry have to disagree with you. I was there, it was a civil gathering and an essential part of the practice of democracy (isn't that why you are in Australia?).

    The oldest trick in the world, and everybody knows it is to provoke the victims and then blame the victims.

    I will say this, Ambiga do not have blood on her hands. She called it off after the point has been made. As early as 2.30pm she made the call to disperse.

    Many did. Those who did, should thank her for her sense of timing.

    After that, many of those who were dispersing were trapped in the LRT stations as the trains were not stopping. Those who suffered injuries should consider a class action against rapidKL. There is no reason to trap and cut off people and subject them to the tear gas and violence.

  17. wakakaka sunwayopal, I have the funny feeling you're harping on the same issue because you're as scared as someone who refused to swear on the Quran ;-)

  18. To summarised it all up,it was a bad call by PKR politicians.Bersih have everything going their way.Even the stupid moronic Umnoputras with unlimited funds could not have co-ordinated such a huge rally spreading over thirty countries.And Anwar and his stupid sidekick asslicker Azmin had to spoilt it all.And the joker,Tian Chua is always getting himself arrested for all the wrong reasons.

  19. At the point the call went out from Ambiga to disperse, Bersih had actually succeeded - got its message across, withou violence, without breaking the court order denying them access to Dataran Merdeka.

    Why did 'Nuar and co. have to go and destroy the whole effort with their underhanded maneuver ?


  20. Walk the talks at BERSIH 3....I did.
    And what have we here? who talk so much 3000 miles away.
    Najib was in Kuching.
    When told...all are peaceful...came back...visit a concerned PM.
    Dollah did the same...ran away...and now Najib too.
    I was there from Friday afternoon to Saturday main event till 3PM.
    Met blog owners and commentators
    BERSIH 3 is the best of the three.
    Can't wait for BERSIH 4...for each BERSIH rally...Najib will be the loser.

  21. Doesn't anybody here find the act of ringing Dataran Merdeka with military-grade Razor wire disgusting, or at least disturbing ?

    Much ado has been made of the act by some of the marchers pushing aside the barricades at about 3 pm Saturday. There was no Razor wire there, and the barricades were not damaged or destroyed, just pushed aside.

    I'm not an Anwar Ibrahim supporter, but I say laying the blame for the subsequent events on the act of breaching the barricades is Bullshit.

    The subsequent events were the product of a police force which is untrained in the art of managing crowd behaviour without resort to violence. A police force, some of whom appear to have received extreme orders, far beyond crowd control. And a police force, portions of which lost its professional discipline on that day.
    In an armed, uniformed service, that should be a serious offence - the way UK police officers who acted way exceeding their rules of engagement during last year's riots have been strongly disciplined.

    Was breaking the barricade an illegal act ? Absolutely.
    What do you think Bersih 1.0 and Bersih 2.0 were? I marched in Bersih 2.0. It was an exercise in Peaceful Civil Disobedience.
    I, who have not even a traffic fine in my life, deliberately broke the law, because to me the principles in the Bersih cause are vital to the country's future.

    The police missed me, but I was prepared to be arrested.

    This time, prior commitments meant I was out of the country at the time.

    Cordoning off Dataran Merdeka with concentration-camp style razor wire was a nauseating act, and shows the authorities have learnt nothing from Bersih 2.0

    Those who crossed the barricades broke the law, and anyone who may have instigated them no doubt as well.

    It was an unjust law.
    and breaking that or instigating people to break that is a non-issue to me.

  22. bruno

    You jolly well know Keadilan people are fools. Why do you keep supporting them?
    The party died yesterday together with its Maha Agong leader. Yet he's acting delusional and jubilant that he won.
    The demo was all about him. And Ambiga was doing it for him. Ambiga is a bigger fool for pretending.
    She will be the biggest fool if she still wants Bersih.
    Be like KT. Go for DAP who was the real winner yesterday.
    DAP won for the Chinese and Najib won for the Malays.
    Unity was very far from us yesterday and this is what Anwar wanted. A split between the Malays.
    I feel sad that the stupid Taliban like Malays were on a rampage, not knowing they were being used by the unclean one. They didnt know what they doing there in the first place.
    They were put on show as devils whereas the Chinese were angels. It was the Chinese who wanted Bersih and the majority of the protestors were sepets.
    But they acted angelic. Sitting quietly singing songs and offering roses to the police.But with daggers in their eyes.
    And to think that Malays are the most politically savvy.
    I have dwelt at length on KT's previous posting and on my FB congratulating Bersih for the demise of Anwar. He commited suicide yesterday.
    I have many Chinese friends who really regretted joining Bersih which they sincerely thought was for free and fair elections.
    They even asked why Ambiga did not want it in Stadium Merdeka like she wanted to last year.
    Poor innocent straight guys.
    My reply to them it cannot be Bersih when you have Mr Kotor as the ring-leader.
    You guys have any ideas when Anwar is saying sorry of the injuries and damages done.
    And also come upfront like Nik Aziz to admit he paid the demonstrators here and abroad.

  23. Ambiga's BERSIH is for Clean and Fair elections.
    Anwar is for breaking the barb wires erected to stop Malaysians using Public properties.
    Both are traveling the same road with different styles to free Malaysia.
    Anyone cannot see the goodness for all Malaysians is a racist idiot.
    Anwar said...having millions of phantom voters .stealing billions are not criminal acts..
    Breaking the barb wire barriers to allow Malaysians to walk a crime.

  24. KTemoc said...

    wakakaka sunwayopal, I have the funny feeling you're harping on the same issue because you're as scared as someone who refused to swear on the Quran ;-)

    11:29 AM, April 30, 2012

    me harping on same issue ?

    haha, talk about harping........and u going on and on and on and on about DSAI and PKR is not called harping on same issue ????

    haha, u give yourself too much credit lah.Its you lah who sounds like a broken record , you who has this inane fetish to keep 'harping' on DSAI.

    I am just pointing out how 'far-sighted' u are matey in so much as your sum total of action against the corrupt EC is to invoke the fear of Allah into them so they can have sleepless night.

    Guess u must b feeling proud of yourself with such a post!..



  25. Hahaha....Buttercup, your racist slip is showing again !

    Just like your other UMNO soulmate Tanah Melayu ( but sebenarnya our country bukan lah tanah melayu, tetapi it is Malaysia, tanah untuk SEMUA ) who couldn't resist slamming Ambiga with "that Indian woman of Brahmin caste", you, Buttercup, also couldn't resist with your 'sepets', haha. Konon nya 'we must get rid of corruption and race politics' ! Podah lah ! Amazing these UMNOs fellas with their senget mouths...cakap tak serupa bikin.

    And Buttercup goes on with yet another moronic "It was the Chinese who wanted Bersih and the majority of the protestors were sepets."

    Only the Chinese wants Bersih ? I was at the rally too and blimey, who are those thousands upon thousands of very Malay-looking Bersih-comrades who were marching and chanting with me under the blazing afternoon sun ?

    Are you even there Buttercup, to make such nonsensical report ? But even if you dared or cared to be there, most likely you, like your UMNO cousins, will continue to churn out dishonest so-called 'analysis/reports', with your usual racist slant. Is there no end to you UMNO guys' hatred of the others? By others, I mean 100% of the non-Malays ( we are NOT fooled with your oft-repeated hypocritical "my chinese friends' ) and also, your hatred of the other 50% of the Malays who are not supporting of the corrupt UMNO.

    All you UMNOs must be thoroughly chagrined to learn that a massive 300,000 protestors turned out that day. your hearts out.

  26. Check out this 'Uncle Bersih' aka Lawrence Saw who provides some entertainment at the rally :


  27. more Uncle Reformasi..."Lu kahwin Siti Nurhaliza, saya kahwin janda" lol

  28. Haha...UMNO out-conned by God at its own game :

    While walking down the street one day a Malaysian Boleh Minister is tragically hit by a truck, and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

    “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We have never had a high official from Malaysia, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

    “No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

    “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one day in heaven. After that you can choose where to spend eternity.”

    “Really, I have made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Yang Berhormat.

    “I’m sorry, but we have our rules,” says St. Peter.

    And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator, and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

    Everyone is very happy and dressed in the finest batik there is. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then indulge themselves in lobsters, caviar and the most expensive food there is.

    Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

    Everyone gives him a hearty farewell, and waves while the elevator rises.

    The elevator goes up, up, up and the doors re-open on heaven, where St. Peter is waiting for him.

    “Now it’ s time to visit heaven.”

    So, another 24 hours pass, with the Yang Berhormat joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp, and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the day is gone, and St. Peter returns.

    “Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

    The Yang Berhormat reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said this before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think Ai yam better off in hell.”

    So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. Now the doors of the elevator open, and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

    He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

    The Devil comes over to him, and puts his arm around his shoulder.

    “I don’t understand,” stammers the Yang Berhormat, “Yesterday I was here, and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage, and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

    The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning, just like you did during a Malaysian election…… Today you have voted.”


  29. Kt,
    May be you should watch the full video clip on the police car incident again and again. Did the participants hell-bent to wrack the police property or there might be other explanation? Do pay close attention to all the background noises, especially the screams, the running remarks by the videographer, we may come to a DIFFERENT conclusion from the Star/ NSTP.

  30. Re the police car incident, one of my co-marchers at the rally got CONFIRMATION news that the man (wearing the crash helmet seen in the said video) is actually an UMNO-planted provocateaur trying to escape after being discovered.

    As Anon of 10:46 AM has sumarised :

    " Conclusion: a plain clothes plant wearing a crash helmet was discovered and he run and jumped into the patrol car. Protestors who were after him started to throw stuffs at the car as it sped off with the plain clothes guy.
    The driver was clearly nervous and when out of control and crashed.
    The plain clothes guy came out of the crashed car and was set upon. The guy in uniform was not set upon. His injuries were due to the crash (The Star today quoted him saying he was alone in the car and scared).
    Protestors lifted the car upon hearing some lady screaming about some one under the car. False alarm."

    See how the PKR Jingga 13 men protected the cop while the provacateaur ran off the moment the car came to a stop. And in the background we could hear voices hysterically shouting that there are people trapped under the car and that was how the car came to be overturned to check for any one trapped underneath.

    Trust MSM to leave out some crucial infor ( biasa lah, not surprising at all ) of this incident, trying to put the protestors in a negative light. In this day and age, their lies tak boleh pakai dah.

  31. Buttercup,what you do not understand is I support the PR.Many others who support the PR like me,do not like Anwar and his apes.

    But we are all for change.Nothing can go worse that what already is.The Umno/BN has already run the country upside down,so there has to be a change of regime.

    As Anwar is head of PR we have to accept him.But that does not mean that he will be there forever.After the Umno/BN is thrown out,then the people will come back and eventually clean up their own house.

  32. You are spot on Bruno. We want to give PR a chance at governance, after 54 years of a one party rule which have brought our country to the edge of the abyss.

    But that does not mean that the leader of PR is home free, to be free to act like the UMNOs too...criticize him we will where justifiable. It does not mean we will endorse his choice of DPM too. Anyhow, BN has got to go, if not in this GE13, then the next.

  33. The simple fact is Polis DiRaja Malaysia went on a riot and rampage on Saturday afternoon, their target ordinary citizens.

    For an uniformed, armed service to degenerate to that level of behaviour is a symptom of the collapse governance in Malaysia.

  34. The clearest sign of how the police behaviour was completely , utterly disproportionate, and possibly pre-meditated, was their attempt to suppress all the resources which are on hand to document the event.
    Reporters were assaulted, Press Cameramen had their memory cards and cameras seized, BBC's video feed was censored.