428 : Bersih 3.0 + Stop Lynas

Last Saturday was the Bersih 3.0 rally.  If you haven't know what is Bersih yet, this is what we, pro-Bersih advocate:
  1. Clean the electoral roll.
  2. Reform postal ballot.
  3. Use of indelible ink.
  4. Minimum 21 days of campaign period.
  5. Free and fair access to the media.
  6. Strengthen public institution.
  7. Stop corruption.
  8. Stop dirty politics.
As a whole, we want a Fair and Clean election.

Last year 709 (September 9th), I couldn't make it to the Bersih 2.0 rally and I was very regret. When i heard about Bersih 3.0, I told myself that I am not going to miss the 428 (April 28th) this year. Furthermore, in conjunction with Bersih 3.0, the green warriors who advocated for 'Stop Lynas' also joined the rally.

 I was all set in my 2-in-1 tee shirt whereby Bersih 3.0 at the front and Stop Lynas at the back. I know I am joining the rally for the good cause, and I am happy with it.

Doraemon has accompanied me to the rally because he was worrying that I might be in danger, such as tear gas, water cannon, police arrest, etc. Thank you baby. 

Can you spot them? 

Yes, our Yellow warriors included handicapped citizens who were so supportive and went for the Bersih 3.0 rally. They wheeled to the row of polices and took photo with them. Some people see it as a mocking to the polices, but I see it rather differently. I think because they wanna show everyone that we are truly Malaysians, regardless of races, we want a better nation. On the same time, we respect polices as the one who can and who should protect us, the citizens. 

  10.30 am: Everyone is marching toward Dataran Merdeka from KLCC.

11.30 am: We reached Pudu Raya to meet up with people from the other 5 gather points, included Pasar Seni, Masjid Jamek (little India), Brickfields, National Mosque, and Jalan Sultan.

 My Bersih 3.0 buddies: Yen (my Bee as well), me & Jenny.

 Yen & me.

We are the YELLOW warriors!!! *thumbs up*

 The weather was very hot. We were sitting on the roadside to wait for the rest of people. I wanted to update my Facebook but the line was super sucks, regardless what service provider you are using. =.="

We can do it even though the weather is killing!

1.30 pm: Finally we reached Dataran Merdeka. Many of us were sitting down while waiting for further instruction.

Well, spot the one if you can. My message for this photo is not to say I saw a celebrity. However, I would love to pass the message that even a celebrity would love to support this cause. Besides that, I have saw from Facebook that, singers such as Fish Leong and Yu Heng also support Bersih 3.0. If Bersih is not something good to pursue, then why they, the public figures would risk their reputation or even career to support this cause? Think about it.

3.30 pm: I have tasted tear gas first time in my life. This picture i was recovering from the tear gas effect after a very nice Green warrior gave me toothpaste to apply under my eyes; and also a pinch of salt from Yen to neutralize the effect of tear gars.

My thoughts about my own personal experience of Bersih 3.0:

I have seen college and university students, family which parents brought their children along, old folks, and even handicapped people went to Bersih 3.0 rally together. The rally started off in a very peaceful atmosphere where everyone is chit chatting, taking photos, and shouting slogan. There were laughter among the Yellow and Green warriors, I can be sure. No violence face showing among the warriors, from what I can see.

Along the way marching to Dataran Merdeka from KLCC, everything just fine and smooth. No water cannon nor tear gas to stop people from marching to gather in a point (like Bersih 2.0, before people can even have the chance to gather in a point, they already been treated water cannon). I was a bit surprised and also thank God that everything went smoothly.

 When we finally reach Pudu Raya, we realized that we were a bit too early from the appointed time. So we sat down doing nothing for almost 2 hours while waiting for the rest of people. We were somehow excited and joked around among our friends that we could hardly, or should say never have chance to sit in the middle of the road, or even on the yellow line of the road, especially Pudu Raya which has a busy traffic almost everyday.

The weather is freaking hot that you can feel your skin is burning. However, this doesn't stop people from attending the Bersih 3.0 rally. People wear caps, bring umbrellas, or put the towel on head just like what I did.

Finally all gathered at Pudu Raya and we marched toward Dataran Merdeka. The disaster started when everyone tried to walk forward and nearer to the first row, while there is seriously no more space for them to move forward anymore. We were asked to sit down peacefully. But people, there are more than 200k attendees and even thou we asked them to go backward and sit down, the message just couldn't pass till the end. Before the message go even half way, people from the back continued to move toward the front.  

As me and my friends decided to show them what was supposed to do, we just found a space and sat down. However, it doesn't helps. People still kept on moving forward despite they saw us sitting down. I guess curiosity really can kills a cat. Everyone was so curious to know what was happening at the front row. Well, I know this is human nature which I couldn't talk much about it.

At 2.30 pm, me and my friends decided to leave as we found that we were totally clueless about this rally. Yes, we managed to gather together and reached the target of 100k attendees, and even more. But what shall we do after gathered together? All of us already cleared that we will never get into Dataran Merdeka. So what's the point of some attendees shouting 'Buka' and 'Masuk'?

In my opinion, I think we should just sit down peacefully, even outside Dataran Merdeka. If we could do so, I am sure our government will even scare because we are united and believe in what we are fighting for, in a peace and no violence way. The meaning of Duduk Bantah could be achieve even without getting into Dataran Merdeka. Trust me, the more we fight to go in Dataran Merdeka, the more provocation between the Bersih 3.0 attendees and authorities, the more authorities can find excuse to treat us with tear gas and water cannon.

Think in a different way. Let's say now there is 2 scenarios. The first one was what happened during Bersih 3.0. By creating chaos, who will be benefited? How the medias could described and reported about us, the Yellow warriors? They can just say we were violent and fight with polices.

However, if we are just sitting peacefully outside Dataran Merdeka, what can the medias write and report about us? If you are the government, do you feel even trembling that the citizens are really united and wanna fight for a fair and clean election?Can the authorities simply treat us with water cannon and tear gases since we are just sitting there? Yes, of course they can treat us with those. But hey, now the news would be different because it is obvious that they do so for no reasons! Local medias can still making stories and report untruthful facts, but I am sure the power of social media will show the world that how and what we actually do in Bersih 3.0.

Yes, we managed to reached the target of 100k attendees for Bersih 3.0. But did we actually achieve the purpose of Bersih 3.0 Duduk Bantah? So how successful was the Bersih 3.0? It depends vary on how you look at it, seriously. To me, we only success in term of the numbers of attendees. However, we literally failed in passing the message that we want a fair and clean election through Duduk Bantah.

Anyhow, if there is a Bersih 4.0, I will still attend. I hope there is a little changes. I am still full of hopes. :)

Cheer & Love always,
Valerie Chua aka PrinCess MiHaRu  



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