BERSIH5 Rally Organisers ARRESTED -- WHO ARE THE REAL CULPRITS?
I was dining at Lobak, Furong, when the Manadrin news reported the arrests of Maria Chin Abdullah, chair of BERSIH2.0 who is leading a BERSIH5 RALLY in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow from 10AM-6PM. Desi has planned to attend, but it's a case of "The Spirit Is Willing, But The Body Is Weak". so I tell my dinner pardner Sdr Oz.Lee leaving soon for Australia very soon -- it's now like his second home, lucky HIM!
So I hastened to the I.Cafe soonest possible and plucked up the following from coverage.com:~~~
Police have arrested Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and Bersih activist Mandeep Singh at the movement’s office in Petaling Jaya today. City police chief Datuk Amar Singh confirmed the arrest. However, he offered no details on when the duo were arrested. Earlier this afternoon, a raiding team from the KL police raided the Bersih office. It was learnt that the raid was carried out under Section 124(C) of the Penal Code for committing activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy. It was also learnt that after scouring the office for about two hours, the raiding team confiscated 10 laptops, payroll and bank statements.
PETALING JAYA 18 NOVEMBER 2016. Pengerusi Bersih 2. 0, Maria Chin ditahan polis sebentar tadi selepas menyerbu dan memeriksa pejabat BERSIH di Petaling Jaya hari ini. NSTP/ GHAZALI KORI
To Desi, it has been all along well knownby Malaysians at large the NGO collective fighting for "Clean and Fair Elections" has been planning for the Nov 19, 2016 Rally for several months now. I have attended every single rally from Bersih1 to Bersih4, and it was mostly PEACEFUL ecxept few a few skirmishes, and to my mind, mainly insrtigated by APs (Agents Provocateur) paid likely by the Party-With-theMoolah who want to continue its Kleptocracy ways.
Khairy and Red Shirts Jamal want Bersih 5 rally to be called off
Umno Youth chief Khairi (left) and red shirt leader Jamal.
SABAK BERNAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin want the planned Bersih 5 rally at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19 to be called off.
Jamal warned that his members would “retaliate” against Bersih if they werekurang ajar (rude) while Khairy wanted the roads leading to the venue to be closed off.
Jamal said the Red Shirts would gather on that day or wherever the Bersih members did.
“Kami berikrar dan menentang mereka habis-habisan. Kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk melakukan apa saja, walaupun sanggup bermandikan darah. (We swear to fight them to the end. We are prepared to do anything, even shedding blood),” he was quoted as saying during a press conference at the Sungai Besar Umno hall here yesterday.
Earlier, he launched the Red Shirts NGO gathering for the Sungai Besar parliamentary constituency in conjunction with the Bersih 5 gathering.
Jamal said his group would respect the law if Bersih did so as well.
“If they gather properly in a stadium, we will too.
“But if they kurang ajar, we will be 10 times better than them. We will step on them,” he said, and claimed that 300,000 Red Shirts members were expected at the rally.
“Bersih is an illegal group and we are curious as to where they get their funding all these years,” he said.
“It is clear that Bersih is politically motivated and all their agenda is nothing more than to topple the Barisan Nasional government that was democratically elected,” he added.
At a separate event, Khairy asked the authorities to shut down the roads leading to Dataran Merdeka to thwart Bersih protesters from reaching the square.
A Malay daily quoted him as saying that the move would prevent untoward incidents from taking place.
He said during the Bersih 3 rally in April 2012, violence occurred when police cars were overturned and shops broken into.
“The police can also take other necessary measures,” Khairy said at a press conference in Hulu Terengganu on Saturday.
He argued that the Red Shirts emerged as a reaction to Bersih 5 and that if there were no Bersih 5, the Red Shirts would not hold demonstrations.
“The Red Shirts only want to show that they are against Bersih. If Bersih did not do anything, for sure the Red Shirts would not do anything either, so the onus is on Bersih.
“The best way is to not allow the Bersih 5 gathering to take place,” he was reported as saying.
Khairy said action would be taken against any Umno Youth member who took part in Bersih as the group opposed Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
TAGS / KEYWORDS: DESIDERATA: My take all along is that the two parties reported in the Star report. HIGHLIGHTED in RED THUS, first few paras by Desi, show all along that the UMNO Youth and RedShirts leaders are working HAND-In-Glove to threaten the potential BERSIH5 Rally. "STOP the Rally. or we will retaliate! -- that's basically what Khairy Jamaludin and his RedShirts sidekick Jamal are saying. My Q to these two: WHO ART THOU to tell us malaysians when, how and where we should peacefully assemble? WHY. I then ask, HAS THE IGP NOT DONE THEIR DUTY? WHY DID the igp allow Khairy and his RedShirts cronies "usurp" the power and duty of the Royal Malaysian Police Force? Do we have NO MORE LAW AND ORDER IN NEGARAKU? I urge fellow malaysians not to be cowed by these i.dots. support maria chin's BERSIH5 Rally tomorrow. I will be there is spirit with thee! "Jia You. Tambah Minyak. Add Oil!", translated simpley: GEAR UP. ENERGISE YOURSELF, STEP UP THY EFFORTS, and from Desi's, GODBLESS! YL, Desi PS: Graphic BELW borrowed from Steadyaku's. thanks. i owe ye endless rounds of tehtari at De Maing CONner. OK!:~~~~
steadyaku47 : "SOME MEN SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE AND ASK WHY. I DREAM THINGS THAT NEVER WERE AND SAY WHY NOT"
Why the threats against a campaign for clean elections?
The mild mannered Bersih organiser Maria Chin has been quietly firm, in her headmistress-like fashion, that the right of people to have their concerns heard must be allowed in a civilised country.
The 5th Bersih march is no flash uprising. It has been planned for months in an orderly way and has been paid for by myriad small donations from the supporters of clean elections, good governance and action against corruption.
There have been four previous such marches, all remarkable not only for their large numbers but for their peaceful, good-natured and non-disruptive behaviour.
These well-behaved protestors seem even to have succeeded in educating the police, who had started by responding with panic to such vast numbers on the street – using thug tactics and water cannon against earlier marches – but by last year managed a largely exemplary exercise in stewardship.
Dr Mahathir has even started to attend these rallies, acknowledging the detrimental effects that came from his own hard tactics in years gone by. PAS, on the other hand, has stopped going. People should be allowed to show their views and reach their own conclusions in a country where they have a vote.
Maria Chin – facing threats
Yet, Najib, once again has ‘banned’ the event and for the past year the government has pursued numerous vindictive prosecutions to harass the organisers of the previous, peaceful and successful Bersih march.
They have also snatched Maria’s passport to prevent her accepting peace prizes in a neighbouring democracy, South Korea.
Meanwhile, a bunch of dancing, yelling thugs have dogged proceedings. The purpose of the extremely well-funded Red Shirts has been solely to disrupt Bersih. They are not interested in devising their own mass march they just want to break up this one and above all they want to turn a peaceful event into chaos.
If these extremely loud and thuggish folk, who spend their time shouting and tussling with the police, have an agenda it is to ‘defend’ Najib. They also promote “Malay Supremacy” and seek to identify and accuse people of not supporting their brand of Islam.
Anger, aggression and disruption is the name of their game and even its leading figures Ali Tinju and Jamal Yunos, have managed now to fall out between themselves, filing reports against each other.
Nobody in Malaysia has been under any illusion but that these trouble-makers are funded for their pains and that the funding comes from Najib. The ludicrous Yunos’s latest gambit has been to invite reporters into helicopters to look at the houses of people he wants to target…. helicopters cost a lot of money.
Time and again the bulk of attendees at the Red Shirts’ larger gatherings have admitted to being bussed in for money from poorer areas with little idea why. This betrays the use of wider networks and today’s open call to members from the Melaka UMNO group to meet to discuss their ‘action’ in organising the Red Shirt counter-rally this weekend provides the proof.
Najib wants to save his face by achieving a large enough Red Shirt counter-rally so he can claim that the people of Malaysia prefer blind loyalty to his corrupt leadership over the principles and constitutional rights upheld by Bersih.
But, he has also set the stage for a far darker agenda, as all Malaysians now see. This desperate and exposed political leader has refused to step down, despite his plain theft of billions from the public purse.
To protect himself he has driven numerous acts through Parliament to enhance his powers – the worst was last December’s National Security Act, which enables him to assume dictatorial powers, over-rule the King and specifically to kill people without an inquest.
Is he planning to create chaos this weekend specifically so he can make the excuse to enact this law, whilst blaming the peaceful marchers, which he believes can help him by-pass jail and stay in power for ever?
If that is your plan Mr Prime Minister, note that you have been rumbled in advance.
UMNO is now openly mobilising members to build up the Red Shirt’s attack squads on November 19th – why is Najib stirring trouble?