Friday, January 11, 2013

January 12 Mega Rally At Merdeka Stadium (Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat)

If you attend the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat (The People's Resurgence Gathering) tomorrow at Stadium Merdeka, it is likely the last time you get to tell Najib what you think of his administration before the 13th general election that must be held by the latest June of this year.

But the trouble is that you might not even get to the stadium.  Or you get there with some trouble.

Malaysians can see it all coming - like a modus operandi or SOP (standard operating procedure) in action.

First, give your blessings so as appear like the democratic angel you are not.

Then at the last or penultimate moment, you pull the string.

This pusillanimous pussyfooting culture stratagem to frustrate or thwart the people's will, started with Najib going back on his words that he would allow the use of the same stadium for the first Bersih 2.0 rally and then at the last moment chickening out.

It continued with the authorities obtaining a court order at the penultimate moment barring entry to the Merdeka Square for the second Bersih 3.0 sit-in.

Now, after the organisers of the Jan 12 mega gathering had obtained the blessings of the IGP himself to use Stadium Merdeka with the latter even promising that the police would facilitate the event, we have the KL police chief suggesting that the gathering move to Bukit Jalil Stadium instead.

Is this a subtle warning? The KL police chief could not not have known of the organisers' agreement with his boss (the IGP)?

Whatever, it is encouraging that the organisers insist that they will proceed to use Stadium Merdeka as agreed to with the IGP.

Malaysians can't be held to ransom. And we should not be cowed anymore.

We have had enough for the past half a century of the Umno led administration deciding that only events sanctioned by them are holly dolly and get to go on without trouble and all the rest are a risk to national security and so be damned.

After all, Najib himself had loudly and proudly proclaimed that he would make sure that we become the world's greatest democracy!

That is one helluva bravado.

Good if  helluva, not if just bravado.

But knowing Najib, helluva is helluva.

And bravado is bravado.

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