Malaysians have taken political issues to the streets before.
Two prime examples are Peristiwa Baling in Kedah in the 70s, and in 1997 in the streets of my beloved city Kuala Lumpur. Coincidently, both were initiated and lead by the very SAME ambitious individual. These incidents are ugly scars on the face of our beloved nation, besides May the 13th.
I would like to reemphasize my stand here. I am not against what BERSEH’s is fighting for. I am all for fair election and eradication of corruption at all levels, across the board - the Federal Government and each of the State Governments including Pulau Pinang and Selangor - not just for the benefit of foreign investors, but also the locals like you and me.
We have seen around the world people fight for what they call democracy, human rights and freedom of speech - cool sounding buzz words. By uttering them some people think they already contribute to the country. These words are not mere street chants. Its deeper than that and quite locational specific in nature. The sad truth is there are parties who abuse these terms, hiding behind them for their own political gain and survival, and the sadder truth is there are a lot of us out there who are so emotional and gullible.
We have to objectively look at the bigger picture and longer term implications. Like the weather, politics nowadays is no doubt GLOBAL. Don’t be naive, we should make a point to figure out the BIGGER agenda - far beyond the stadium, beyond our political boundary.