The EC held a talk this morning in KL to rebut the Bersih’s rally on July 9th. While there are expectation that the EC may finally see the light and take some of the Bersih demands to the politicians who hold back the electoral reforms the EC No. 2 Dato Wira Wan Ahmad chosed to parrot the BN politicians’ accusation that Bersih aim to topple the BN government through mass rallies, or at least help Opposition build momentum to capture Putrajaya. Well the best test on Bersih’s intention is for EC to accept the 8 very reasonable demands from Bersih and see if the group will continue its current agitation. It is only after talking had failed to produced results that civil society groups take to the streets-and this is happening all over the world. Similarly the EC’s faulting the Bersih for choosing the timing now to take action -mindful of a possible general election by year end -a possibility just reportedly confirmed by Pairin of PBS, is taking the civil society for fools. Would politicians listen after the elections, after they had secured the votes they desire so much? All over the world voters can only have the golden chance to plead their cases ahead of a poll-not after!
So what if the Opposition benefit from the Bersih march? The Bersih march put forward very reasonable demands-free and fair elections, which cannot be said to be partisan. If the BN decided to cling on to the current unfair elections methods to favour itself, then what is there to stop opposition parties to offer free and fair elections to win popular approval, and to advantage itself as well? Implicitly the EC is asking Bersih to stick with BN no matter what-that is a most indecent proposal of all if Bersih honestly want its demands met. All that Bersih do is consistent with what a democracy offers-without having to run in an election. EC’s call for Bersih to run in an election shows its lack of understanding on what democracy and elections are all about!
The only way for BN to starve off the Opposition taking advatage of Bersih’s demands and rally is simply to offer something better-but what are they? If BN don’t offer better policies to the voters then the people are entitled to vote according to what they see as better offer to them. If this situation build momentum for the Opposition what is the EC bother about? Isn’t the EC only paid to run the elections-and not bothered about whether the momentum favour the ruling parties? Certainly it is the BN’s job to turn the momentum to itself if it want to keep its job-not the EC’s.
When the EC parrot the BN’s accusation of the Bersih rally favouring the Opposition it is drawn into a debate where it has no role to side with anyone! In fact if the EC find the politicians are the ones who stop them from performing their jobs they should resign in protest and clear themselves of collusion with the BN politicians who want to win by unfair means-contrary to what UMNO/BN chief Najib claim at PPP convention that they don’t want to win without people’s support!