Seven things we learned from Bersih 4

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1. A mammoth rally can take place peacefully with minimal police presence if the objectives are noble. Malaysians are not naturally prone to violence and illwill if they are not instigated by hate speech.

2. The struggle for electoral reforms, clean government and justice is underpinned by a deep love and concern for the nation and the wellbeing of it people, as seen in the way the Negaraku was sung with such fervour at the stroke of midnight.

3. Mahathir is using Bersih for his goal of removing Najib, but Bersih can make use of Mahathir to make the message of the importance of electoral and other reforms more acceptable to a wider audience.

4. The Najib administration, if it does not understand basic democratic norms, at least understands that good public relations demands that you do not crack down on a massive peaceful rally in front of a global media audience. It would only make his poor image look even worse. Yes, it was all about public relations, especially given the news that seven Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee members have been summoned by police for questioning this morning as well as another five Bersih 4 organising members in Kota Kinabalu.

5. Malaysians are a creative lot, going by the many witty placards and comments and performances during the rally. The random displays of creativity along the streets kept everyone thoroughly absorbed during the event when they were taking a break from chanting “Bersih! Bersih!”

6. More must be done to reach out to those who did not turn up for Bersih 4 and show them how clean governance and accountability can actually improve their lot. Bersih 4 shows us that we have to re-strategise to raise wider awareness of the issues that matter and show how improvements and reforms can translate to a higher quality of life. Though social media played an amazing role in mobilising people for the rally despite the blocking of the Bersih website, more awareness raising must be done in Malay over social media to reach a wider audience.

7. We have a vibrant civil society movement in Malaysia and the spirit of volunteerism is well and truly alive. I was amazed by the civic conciousness on display, especially among the young people – from those picking up litter from the streets, to the medic teams on standby including the St John’s Ambulance, to the volunteers who notified participants about the portaloos at St John’s and the rest facilities there, to those putting up placards pleading with participants not to blow their vuvuzelas and drown out the speeches, to the volunteer lawyers from the Bar Council and the Suhakam people monitoring the event. And of course the whole Bersih team across the country for their tireless work and preparations.

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Sehati Sejiwa
Sehati Sejiwa

Mat Sabu Harapan Baru 2015: Bersih 4 Layanan Gereja Lebih Baik Daripada Masjid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkvVzqgNqX8

Stylo Logan
Stylo Logan

What I learnt post Bersih is you should wear a mask if you wish to stamp your feet on the pictures of Najib hugging Hadi.

Sehati Sejiwa
Sehati Sejiwa

Bersih 4.0 2015-Perhimpunan Undur Najib Razak 1MDB Tribute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyc6ZJNLxWg

samedi
samedi

The hinderances and threats were against the rights to communicate online, criticise and protest various issues, especially elections. The critics were harrassed while seditious NGOs got kid-gloves treatment. The media obediently published half-truths. Public employees and scholarship holders were threatened. The suburban road blocks and urban barriers created jams and loss of business. Once again, provocateurs tried to crash the barriers on cue. Firecrackers and poisoned drinks also occurred. There were a few arrests, and there are threats of more. The mantra is nation=government=party=race=religion. There seems to be great fear of racism becoming irrelevant.

Yang
Yang

Look like M is embracing Kuan Kong the Chinese God of War….

Stylo Logan
Stylo Logan

DPM okayed UMNO members to participate in red shirt rally – which means UMNO supported red shirt rally. Hypocrite indeed! Typical UMNO says one thing and does another? Thats the reason why UMNO will not survive. This party will see its demise soon.

Yang
Yang

Did God hear you ?. NO, So no more gods, deities, prophets, saints give a hue. Ting, tung tiang space station also NO problem

zoro
zoro

Why have to go to mt everest? Mt kinabalu good enough. The world at the international anti graft in kl SEE, HEAR and ADVISE Pm. Even MP who received 1M ringgit is silent now but here are still … barking …. No doubt, wants more $£¢€¥.

TEE
TEE

Yang keroh kita buang untuk yang bersih jernih!

Lester
Lester
From the negara photo of which are the MAIN gathering, you could easily count that it is only about 50k plus. With those from surroundING areas who are sparsely populated it would be about or slightly more than 100k. These Bersih leaders are just blowing horn of 200k, 300k or 500k. They are just using add on like some one commented. Read this for many know not what they are doing. Below is one revelation. Have any seen the news last night of how a former M collude with SR owner Claire with false information to bring down a PM… Read more »
gk ong
gk ong

MCA’s Liow was quick to jump on the picture stomping issue, he did not “utter a single word” when a group of anti-Bersih protesters poured red paint on Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah’s effigy. By doing so, he is abetting Umno to turn Bersih 4 into a racial issue and to divert the attention of the focus of the rally.

Agent28
Agent28

Honestly, there is no longer a purpose for MCA’s existence. It started with the objective to represent Chinese interests. That’s no longer true. Today, MCA, is just nothing more than a trophy for UMNO to claim that Chinese interests are represented in BN. Even then, UMNO also realise that purpose is not served and there are talks to reclaim seats in Malay majority areas for UMNO members. MCA can’t win seats in Chinese areas. Apart from all that, these BN politicians are oblivious to the fundamental change that Malaysians now truly want a united Bangsa Malaysia.

Yang
Yang
Bersih that came after the 10th November 2007 Bersih was not a political movement. It was neither pro-government nor pro-opposition. It was a reform movement, first for electoral reforms and then for political reforms. The THIRD thing that I learn is that Bersih has now been HIJACKED by the opposition and opposition political parties for their own political selfish end. At one stage some PKR members even called for the release of Anwar when he has been jailed fair and square by the court. On another note with regards to the first reason, although they may not have condone the… Read more »
Ed G
Ed G

There is nothing fair about the conviction of Anwar whether in his treatment by the authorities, the court process or the punishment meted out. The protest against Anwar’s conviction and jailing is, in a larger picture, a protest against miscarriage of justice, persecution and power abuse.

hanny
hanny

Why should we support a corrupted PM who dare not face the people at IACC?

He cannot convince rakyat in the RM2.6 billion issue that claimed to be donation. Even kids know he is lying.

gk ong
gk ong

Tun M gatecrashed the party, and nobody but you is saying that Bersih endorses him.

Lester
Lester

Why didn`t you say, Why should Bersih supported a Mr. … PM (whose administration) was the most corruptaible for 22 years. Ain`t you hypocrite

Sehati Sejiwa
Sehati Sejiwa

What we learnt fom Tun M at Bersih 4.0:

Tun Dr M told us that accepting bribe is like selling your soul!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF5kjcQKVAU

Tun M dedah UMNO dapat RM1.4 billion Harta & wang tunai. DUIT dari mana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIqZw8dTkhM

Tun M dedah Najib rasuah RM2 67 billion dari1 MDB!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6JOWF78OjI

hanny
hanny

PDRM dare not touch Tun M?
Ha ha ha.

benny
benny

A ‘Tun’ or negarawan has immunity from prosecution by PRDM?

Lester
Lester

You must have been senile. He you forgotton about Mahathir misdeed during his 22 years rule

zoro
zoro

Then what have you and your jib khor done to mahathir? …

tunglang
tunglang

One more thing we learned from Bersih 4.0:
When our bodies are tired & aching from sleeping on tar roads,
our feet blistered from walking kilometres,
our throats dry & sore from marathon singing,
our stomachs hungry from skipping home-cooked meals,
our brains yearning for loved ones besides us,
yet our hearts burn in unison with ONE Passion for Malaysia Bersih.
We can still sing Negara Ku With Passion even the heavens take notice & migrating birds stop in their flight path.

“Hello, ISS (International Space Station). Did you hear Negara Ku? Over.”

Gimmy
Gimmy

Anil,
Correct, correct, correct………everyone was welcome except that Yang didn’t turn up due to yellow fever. Hahaha

Lester
Lester

Sure everyone was welcome to turn up, Tom, Dick & Harry, thiefs, Mr. 10%, the 2 million dollars to Australia guy and not forgetting the most corruptible PM in Malaysia history

tunglang
tunglang

You are not welcomed to Bersih!!!
Go ask your ex-boss for compassionate-based permission!

YBLOh Penang
YBLOh Penang
We other things we found out: 1. The Malaysian population ratio is approximately 65:25:10 Malays, Chinese, Indian and others. The turnout is 15:75:10. If you look at the overseas protests, it is probably 2:90:8 ratio of Malays, Chinese and Indian/others. 2. BERSIH has now managed to scare the Malays away from supporting the opposition. In fact, it has drawn them closer to BN. 3. The donation is no big issue to UMNO supporters as it has been explained to and accepted by them. It is for the future of their children and grandchildren. If we have an election now, BN… Read more »
lim

True, according to loh, we should all sit at home and makan karipup, and wait for all the evil politicians to drop dead one by one !!!

zoro
zoro

Go n tell jib khor to held an election soon. No dingdong since he is going to win.

Yang
Yang
Agreed with you but many would be in a state of denial. Frankly they do not have to rely on Chinese vote. I have also said many times Umno loss will be Pas gain. GHB and PKR only rely on Chinese votes and can survive only in mixed seats. With Pas foray into these areas you bet Malay will either go to Umno or Pas and poochit Ghb, Pkr and Dap. Dap will still win in Chinese majorities seat but they may face a tough fight in mixed areas. That is the reason Anwar is still saying that Pakatan Rakyat… Read more »
zoro
zoro

Real pea head and dunggu. Why make a big fuss and racialise about Chinese in bersih since they are insignificant? Writing nuts.and kachang putih.

YBLOh Penang
YBLOh Penang
The grand plan, since 30 or 40 years ago is to (allegedly) remove the Chinese from the country. I don’t think this is going to stop anytime soon. The Government is looking at it happily with the falling percentage of Chinese. I don’t think Government cares if we migrate to Singapore or UK or Australia. This means that Chinese votes are insignificant now. Opposition may win in large cities with large Chinese population but that’s it The key now is the Malay votes. It is now between PAS and UMNO. With PAS fractured into GHB and others, it is weak.… Read more »
zoro
zoro

Mca, mic and Gelakan can close shop and quit BN since they cant rely on non malays votes. Base on above, umno can give them a damn. Shameless to hang on to umno’s sarong and survive on its generosity.

Yang
Yang

Opposition and Bersih in the past have commented on some NGO for being uncultured and acting like barbarian when they commit action like dancing in the asking them to apologize. Now the Bersih head said it’s not them doing the stomping of the leader picture and such will not apologize.

The second thing I learned is are they also not uncultured and barbaric

Ed G
Ed G

Excerpt form theSUN Sept 2015 Page 6:

Yang
Yang

It should read, The second thing I learn is that they are also UNCULTURE & BARBARIC

zoro
zoro

1PM, David Cameron, Obama must be uncultured … too. Their citizens join ISIS and do insane destructions.

benny
benny
YB Liew Chin Tong wrote about his experience with Bersih 4.0: At least 1% of the population attended BERSIH 4. The mainstream media is burdened with the discussion about the racial composition of BERSIH 4 to a nauseating level. I hope to provide some other perspectives. I have attended most of the mass rallies in this country since 20th September 1998 -the day Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was arrested. I recall that after every rally (except the 9th July 2011 BERSIH 2 rally, when ethnic Chinese participation was reasonably high) the question always asked was, “why so few Chinese?” I… Read more »
Ed G
Ed G

‘But the presence of what I called “the very young” was not obvious in the past BERSIH rallies was quite visible at BERSIH 4. I saw many faces whom I feel were probably around 15 years old to 18 years old, especially on the afternoon of Sunday, 30th August’.

Even those 15 to 18 year olds could smell the lies behind the ‘claim of RM 2.6 billion donation’. Or perhaps they felt that their intelligence have been insulted by such outlandish tales from their PM and his supporters.

Sehati Sejiwa
Sehati Sejiwa
hanny
hanny

A good educational video for children.

tunglang
tunglang
May the 1% who bravely rallied be the angels of inspiration & messengers for Bersih now & in the near future. Individual real life stories of the historic 2-day rally can truly inspire the souls & fence sitters who have yet to come to their senses due to lying propaganda, threats & money politics. A friend of mine who is a millionaire went to KL without fear but a heart of love for Malaysia. Rich or poor, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Bengali or Eurasian. They went with one unified heart for one focused purpose – Bersih For Malaysia Baru. The same… Read more »
gk ong
gk ong

With the hat, Anil projected an uptown funk image at Bersih 4.0! It shows to KL folks how cool as cat a Penangite can be.

Boo Soon Yew
Boo Soon Yew

Great insight Benny, especially from your eyewitness account from the original Bersih till now.. on the racial and also age group composition of rally goers.

It augurs well for the future.. question would be how of our future is left if status quo remains 20 years down the road..

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit

Sorry, wanted to add that:

It’s Nothing2Hide version 2.0, with the King of Cash missing 🙂

gk ong
gk ong

Transparency International co-founder and Fairfax Group president Michael J. Hershman says there is no need for panel-based investigations and other task force as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can simply tell the truth and show the documentation of how RM2.6 billion came into his account and how it was spent.

gk ong
gk ong

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will survive Transparency International’s (TI) scathing call for answers on the RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts, although damage will be done to his image and the nation’s as well, analysts said.

Putrajaya and its institutions still suffered from a trust deficit and this in the long run, will affect Malaysia’s economic prowess and governance, they added.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan said if the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government does not address the problems the country is facing today, they would have an adverse impact on the nation.

Agent28
Agent28

IACC : Ending inpunity
UMNO : Corruption insanity

benny
benny

The global anti-graft watchdog’s co-founder Michael J. Hershman says Malaysia’s corruption perception index score may be affected by the 1MDB scandal.

“Typically when there’s a high profile scandal, the perception of that country changes. So in my judgement, because of this corruption scandal, there will be a drop (in the CPI).

“It has not been released yet but based on history, I see that a country’s perception drops when there’s a lot of media reporting on that scandal,” he said, referring to the CPI for 2015.

Boo Soon Yew
Boo Soon Yew
7 Things I learned from #Bersih4, 29th to 30th Aug 2015.. 1) Facebook, Twitter and all other social media platforms are VITAL in promoting event prior, updating intensively during, dispelling falsehoods immediately and ultimately provide platforms for intelligent discourse. 2) You make new friends easily when bonded by a common goal. 3) Emphaty grows on you when you see the sacrificial extent rally goers do to attend, especially the disabled. 4) Looking out for each other’s needs become natural when you sleep over together under the KL skies; on the roads, on the sidewalks, on the grass.. 5) Political goal… Read more »
Yang
Yang

One of the most pertinent thing that the people has learn is that Bersih has been hijacked by the opposition for their selfish goal. Their talk of justice for a clean and uncorruptible govt are all just another deception when they are willing to condone the very act of a corruptible former PM who for 22 years has done the most corruptible activities, cronyism and abuse of every check and balance in the country institution and judiciary.

zoro
zoro

Bersih also hijacked by racists. In past bersihs, when there are more Malays, they said nothing. Now, when there are more non Malays, bersih 4 reveal who are the real racists. Bersih also means to no hanky panky and clean over the 2.4billions which recently surfaced.

chl
chl

Why are you so busy spewing comments here? Why don’t you be like Anil and be a reporter in the field, report out the problems you see in your own blog? That would be helpful to argue your case to more readers. I support your right to argue, but dont waste it in the comments section here, far too few readers and commenters to admire and appreciate it, aim big league 🙂 or do you already have a blog to share?

gk ong
gk ong

Yang is spewing the Utusan toxins here.

benny
benny

Since when Bersih is willing to condone Tun M?
Please get your facts right.

You should ask why Zahid Komedi dare not take action on the orang tua, who has openly asked people to overthrow the PM.

tunglang
tunglang

Zahid promised there’s no impunity for suspects in corruption cases.
Let’s watch him closely & hope he corners the slippery Big Fish of Mother of All Money Laundering & Donation Fantasies.
Cakap Mesti Serupa Bikin. Kalau Berani Macam Tu SuperBikers.

We will hold you to your ‘no impunity’ promise, TI tells Ahmad Zahid
See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/we-will-hold-you-to-your-no-impunity-promise-ti-tells-ahmad-zahid

Sehati Sejiwa
Sehati Sejiwa

Even MCA’s Ling Liong Sik wore yellow and attended Bersih 4.0 in Perth.

zoro
zoro

Who knows there are many umno, mca, gelakan curious who like Dr M. turun padang or took LRT to have to take a good look.

Yang
Yang

When you accept his presence knowing full well his 22 years of corruption you have in a way agreed that corruption is ok

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