Bersih 2.0 Rally

Sunday, July 10, 2011 |

Epic Pic! Bersih 2.0

9 July 2011, Saturday. 


I'd like to call this day an important day in  Malaysia history.


For those who followed the news and updates of all that happened, its likely every story and every photo is making the hot blood in your vein pump faster.


Sadly, the younger generation, and a lot of others, are still unaware of what is going on. For any of you who might want to understand and know more about Bersih 2.0, please refer to The (Half) Idiot's Guide to Bersih 2.0 by bongkerz.


Long story short, Bersih 2.0 rally is a demonstration held in KL as a follow up of the 2007 Bersih Rally to push the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) ensure free and fair elections in Malaysia.


Their demands :



Ever notice how all the political advertisements you ever see on the TV/Radio/Newspaper are Barisan Nasional's?  That day I saw a "Anti Perhimpunan Haram" TV commercial that was obviously done in a rush.




And this is just how corrupted the election system is. Notice the date of birth of this registered voter? 31 Dec 1880. The guy is 131 years old! If he's still alive to vote.. it'll be a new world record! And there's a lot of other same cases just like this one. This just causes havoc in the system, and could easily be misused to generate fake votes, since obviously the person mentioned won't be able to go vote himself.


Still, the rally was just planned to be a peaceful walk, in hope of creating awareness and attention from those involved, which later evolved into many many problems.

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Days before the rally, the polis were already setting roadblocks everywhere around the KL city area. On the day itself most roads in KL were closed.


Even though most roads to KL were closed, and polis were everywhere arresting people who were in yellow color shirts or had them in their bags, somehow these supporters still managed to gather up together. They were from different races, different ages, wearing different color clothes, but together they march towards one same hope. It was truly 1 Malaysia.





Tear gas and water cannons were used against more than 100,000 people who were involved in the rally.


They just came for a walk, a walk for democracy. They came with no weapons, and harmed no one. Why did they have to face such treatments?


Salute the popo!

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If your own election system is as fair and clean as you said so... then why so scared?  


I may be one of the silent majority, but I too support Bersih and hope for a clean election when I get to vote in the near future. Not all of us is in favor of the current government, and the younger us are growing up to be voting soon, and we are hoping to finally see some changes.


 "Why do we have to feel so scared (and threatened) in our own home land.. 
...and by own countrymen?"


**A great  salute for all the brave supporters of Bersih along with the media and photographers who provided us with the latest news and wonderful photos as displayed above. Not forgetting also the hardworking policemen who were just doing their jobs as ordered. Sam fu sai. 



Still proud as a Malaysian,
Shanay

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