The Bersih 4.0 is happening this August 29th and 30th at Dataran Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur), Kuching and Kota Kinabaru concurrently. So I see a lot of people are buying the Bersih 4.0 t-shirts and claiming that they are attending the peace rally and I also see a lot of people condemning the Bersih coalition. For me, this is a must-go for me for several reasons.
Its For The Future Generation
Many would think that politics has nothing to do with their daily lives and they could not be more wrong than ever. Politicians are the one who decide the future of our nation, and if you look at the slumping of our economy, the weak Ringgit Malaysia against foreign currencies, the implementation of GST, the weak education system in the country, they are all the results of politicians and also politics.
Also there are elements of dirty politics involved and I’m joining Bersih 4.0, fighting not for myself but for our next generation so that they can have a better future and a country they can be proud of.
There’s No Point Playing By the Book
On July 12th, Prime Minister Najib Razak sacked the Attorney-General and promoted certain members of Public Account Committee (PAC) to be deputy ministers. The Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and the PAC were one of those who spearheaded the investigation into the 1MDB fiasco. By replacing the AG, the investigation by the Special Task Force (which I had mentioned before) was dismantled and by promoting the chairmain and certain members of the PAC, the investigation by PAC has to be stopped as there is no longer a chairman to steer the PAC (by law and by rule, whoever holds a ministerial post are not allowed to be in the PAC). And then certain members of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Committee (MACC) have been transfered to the Prime Minister’s Department without valid reasons.
Singlehandedly, Prime Minister Najib Razak has crippled the whole investigation of 1MDB and the allegations against him of his corruption of RM2.6 billion (For those who don’t know how much is RM2.6 billion, that’s RM 2,600,000,000!).
By doing so, Prime Minister Najib has murdered democracy and the judicial system. With such dirty tactic, I don’t think I want to play by the rule anymore like waiting for the next General Election. Besides, with so much money pouring in to Najib’s account as “donation” as alleged by him for the RM 2.6 billion, how can we be even sure that the electoral process is not rigged?
That’s why I am no longer sitting still but going on the street to join Bersih 4.0 hoping to reinstall the democratic process and the judiciary system.
I Want to be Proud
One day, the history book will mark the political landscape of Malaysia and Bersih will be mentioned and description will be given on how it has shaped Malaysia. When my kids grow up, and they asked me what happened, I want them to be proud of their daddy that their daddy went for the Bersih despite the possibilities of danger (police brutality, tear gas, water cannon, etc. Remember the previous Bersih?) and I was part of the force that shape the political landscape and also the future of the nation. I don’t want to see other people marching on the street fighting for what is right and yet I am sitting in the house, like a coward, watching those brave souls taking the risks on my behalf. I want to be part of the force by the people, for the people.
I do see quite a number of people protesting against Bersih 4.0, and I understand that there are certain group of people too blind (and not to mention stupid) to see the truth, or protesting against Bersih 4.0 because of monetary rewards involved. For me, I can only hope the rest of the nation will come out without hidden propaganda and stand next to your brethren to demand for a better future.