Dataran Merdeka, November 10 will be marked as another milestone in the country’s political history. 40,000 Malaysians marched to hand in a memorandum to the Yang DiPertuan Agong for a fairer election while the government banned the movement citing threats to public security.
Both sides appear to sparring in the ring like boxers where even though the movement was organised by Bersih (a NGO on fair election) but there is no doubt that the opposition parties are firmly behind the movement.
What could they achieve by submitting the memorandum? Will the Yang Dipertuan Agong do anything about it? I think the answer is obvious and the march is more to garner public awareness and support.
The government on the other hand avoided to address issues brought up by the movement for a fairer election. There may be some basis of a security threat if the crowd goes out of hand but if the police practised restraint, I am sure it could be a peaceful march.
I had been in Sri Lanka early this year where the opposition parties organised a 100,000 strong 6 km march through Colombo city. It was done in a very organised manner without a single tear gas being shot. If a country riddled with violence like Sri Lanka could do it peacefully, why not us?
Our media has always been biased towards one end while the opposition’s media is tipped towards the other end. One government source quoted less than 10,000 participated while Harakkah quoted 100,000. So which is the real thing?
Check out the follow links for more on Nov 10 and decide for yourself.