Just look at the fuss that Najib’s BN kicked up in order to handle the challenge of Bersih-and the many parties dragged into its game plan:
*the mosques have for 2 weeks been preaching against Bersih, accusing it of splitting muslims; the abuse of religious institution to attack political enemy seems to be OK for UMNO-now who is politicising Islam?
*Toll highways use the electronic noticeboards to discourage people from joining Bersih; many highways are closed to stop people from entering Kuala Lumpur-starting mid night on Friday; long traffic jams reported all over KL in-bound roads;
*Schools, universities and government departments are warning students and civil servants against Bersih March; the police even camped inside Uni Malaya to scare the students from joining Bersih;
*Police reportedly found some parangs and bombs kept together with some Bersih t-shirts; Are you sure this is not another ill-thought out plot to link Bersih with violence? After they failed to link Bersih with communism, Christians domination, foreign interference etc.
If our regional neighbours see this response they will certainly be thinking that the Malaysian government is trying too hard to emulate their previous dictators like Marcos, Suharto and Suchinda. At this time these regional democracies have got used to protests marches or any other peaceful protests. Why is Malaysia take a civilian protest as a national security threat?