Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A heartfelt tribute to Bersih 3.0

The Malaysian Insider
I salute you, Bersih 3.0 ~ by Sam Peh

MAY 1 — I salute you Ambiga Sreenevasan, Samad Said and all the other people behind Bersih 3.0 because you have shown us that when common people unite, there is nothing that can stop us.

When common people unite, threats, violence and mass propaganda by the country's slavish media lose their sting. I salute the people of Bersih because they have been quick to admit that their crowd control could have been better.

I salute them because they have come out and supported tough action against those who perpetrated the violence and even called for an independent Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0.

I salute you because that gathering on Saturday gave many Malaysians a taste of oneness and camaraderie which they have not felt for a long time. I dare say that the level of patriotism of many who turned up is at an all-time high.

Yes, I understand that Najib and company are calling you all sorts of names and actually believe they have the upper hand.

But I invite my dear Malaysians to consider these facts.

Who would you trust? Leaders who acknowledge their human weakness or those who are too big to say sorry? Would you trust Samad Said, Chin Huat, Ambiga or Najib, Muhyiddin, Khairy Jamaluddin, Chua Soi Lek or Palanivel?

Who would you trust? Leaders who have put their lives, reputations and incomes on the line for cleaner elections or the fat cats in their RM15,000 suits and linen shirts who milk the country.

Who would you trust? The hundreds of witness accounts and YouTube clips and pix on Instagram or cops who seized cameras, etc ?

I salute you the people of Bersih because you have given the common citizen an opportunity to be heard, seen and fight against evil.