BERSIH 3.0 A Riot?

While waiting in dental clinic yesterday, I had a talk with a mid-age couple. They told me that they went to BERSIH 3.0 assembly earlier to show support. When they asked me if I attended too, I said no. They asked why didn't I go, I did not say anything, I was ashamed to admit that I was afraid.

I broke the silence and asked them what made them joined, they said they were too ignorant and did nothing about the government for too long, for the future of their children they must do something now. I was once again put into silence. 

I am afraid because I know the game too well, we'll have to bleed in order to win. The authority is too afraid of the people so they resolve to violence; while the people are so powerless that their voices will not be heard and their stories will be twisted in favor of the government.

The journey to revolution and reformation will not be safe and peaceful, but I promise I'll not be afraid anymore. Because when the people should not fear their government, the government should fear the people. 

Degree Inflation

The higher education system in these countries has become like a theatre in which some people decided to stand to get a better view, prompting others behind them to stand. Once enough people stand, everyone has to stand, which means that no one is getting a better view, while everyone has become more uncomfortable.

Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism


Bersih 3.0? Not again?

After Bersih 2.0 on 9th of July, the organizer is planning for another round of peaceful protest at Kuala Lumpur on 28th of April. Like it or not, Bersih Rally is political and it is pro-opposition.

I am not sure if it is a good idea to go on to the street again. UMNO has experienced it and they are prepared this time. The government is not afraid to allow the assembly after seeing the "mildness" of the way Malaysians protest. In a nutshell I do not see the impact of such act, nothing has changed since people hit the street last year.

Furthermore, the upcoming Bersih 3.0 does not seem to be getting more attention from netizens, unlike the previous Bersih 2.0 where Malaysian netizens flooded Facebook with yellow color profile picture and information related. Maybe it is not "trendy" anymore?

The fact is not only the electoral system needs reformation, but all whole political system. Low transparency, poor accountability and lack of powerful watchdog groups that can question government's suspicious spending and decision making. Non-partisan watchdog group is almost nonexistence. I am looking forward to the rise of such non-partisan that can scrutinize government's activities.
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