Dataran Merdeka closed from Friday to Sunday by government in fear of the Bersih 3.0 Duduk Bantah gathering


I expected this decision, and it came up exactly as what I foresee. The government had decided to close Dataran Merdeka from a day before the planned Bersih 3.0 Duduk Bantah gathering to a day after the gathering. Having this kind of action would only leads to further anger and protest from the people planned on supporting the gathering in objective for voicing out cleaner general election. And yet, the government continued with such dumb decision. Do you think that closing the area off would eventually puts a stop to the planned gathering?

(Image above showing Dataran Merdeka, the planned venue for Bersih 3.0 Gathering from http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/kualalumpur/2012/04/10/bersih-3-0-rally-in-kuala-lumpur/)

Definitely no. The people would just struggle through their way in, and I predicted that some clash would occur between the police and the supporters of the gathering this Saturday as similar to the previous Bersih 2.0 gathering. For the previous Bersih 2.o gathering, I thought earlier that it would not receives much support, but then ended up in a massive crowd of about ten thousands people in Kuala Lumpur. So, I believe this Bersih 3.0 gathering would receives much more supports and bigger crowd is expected. Any further action or decision by the government now would just further ruin their own image in front of all the ‘rakyat’.

So, starting tomorrow, no people are allowed to enter the area of Dataran Merdeka, one of the landmarks of Malaysia. Even tourists are not allowed. So sad, they came from so far, and yet they can’t enter due to government’s childish action. Don’t know why, but now I have some sort of bad feeling that much serious clash would occurs this Saturday. I’m sure the supporters of the Bersih gathering are much more stronger this time after learning from what they experienced in the past gathering (from those water cannons and tear gases fired previously), and I think they have reached their limit of being patient with the current government already. So, I’m worried there would be fights, injuries or even deaths.

Why the government would strongly oppose to a gathering that demands cleaner election? They always think that these supporters are being blinded by the opposition’s ‘promises’, but indeed much of these ‘promises’ are already being fulfilled in states run by the opposition parties. Instead, it is the government themselves that always used their controlled media to publish whatever good deeds they are doing, even at the smallest amount that contributes nothing to the people in the end (and I’m sick of reading those). The only reason that I can think of for going against the gathering is that the government is against clean election, which is totally wrong. There are a lot of evidences found out over the dirty tactics used in election, and we do realized that. We demands for clean and fair election. Be truly democratic…Are you going to the gathering this Saturday?

Datuk Seri Najib, no one would go against you and your government if no dirty tricks or tactics have ever been used. Think again.

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