The Bersih 2.0 9 July 2011 march drew thousands of Malaysians onto Kuala Lumpur’s streets to call for clean and fair elections. But according to Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, the government-controlled press and the authorities, that’s not what the march was really about. In the aftermath of the Bersih march, The Nut Graph summarises some of the more popular theories by Bersih’s detractors of why it actually organised the march.
Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj
Waging war against the king. In cahoots with foreign conspirators. Possible communists. Planning to overthrow the government. Illegal T-shirts. Bersih 2.0 seems to embody many evils to the authorities, who have arrested more than 100 in attempts to stop Bersih’s 9 July 2011 march. But have the authorities gone overboard in demonising the rally? What about Malaysians’ constitutional right to freedom of expression and right to peaceable assembly?
PETALING JAYA, 3 July 2009: Liberalising may have harmful long-term effects for the country, opposition politicians and an activist said. DAP Member of Parliament (MP) for Klang, Charles Santiago, said Malaysia needs to develop entrepreneurship further before it can benefit from policies such as the ones the prime minister announced on 30 June 2009. Santiago […]
(Car images by Two Hundred Percent, source: Wikipedia; background image source: Dreamstime.com) I PERSONALLY find declaring one’s assets, as the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) did at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on 11 Mar 2009, a little embarrassing. Personal income and wealth are normally considered one’s private domain. Most people would consider it intrusive […]