So said a Bernama report.The Bersih rally was banned on account that the BN/UMNO see it as an attempt to overthrow it ala-Arab Spring. Problems with such a view: where is your prove to such an intention? Bersih rally aim at electoral reforms-which loudly say its vision and strategy for change is tied to electoral politics. If anyone read more into it it is up to them to show prove. No one can act on a group merely on unproven suspicion. Or else the rule of law will give way to personal rule or rule by caprice. Another problem: does it sound like an incumbent party is banning political competition-which is the hallmark of democracy? If Bersih is banned on suspicion that free and fair election championed by it will threaten the political dominance of BN/UMNO it means that the ruling party is showing its autocratic true colours! Now the challenge is: can BN/UMNO survive without these unfair tactics:1. Abuse of government resources(allocation, personnel, buildings, vehicles, programs etc) to buy votes? 2. Complete monopoly of public and private print and free to air radios and TVs? And worst of all:3. Incompetent and pliant Election Commission and other institutions related to election administration viz MACC, PDRM, local authorities etc. If the banning of Bersih is related to the incumbent parties’ will to perpetuate their power by perpetuating these unfair advantages to themselves then the ruling party is making itself a dictatorship that should be removed by all means deemed appropriate to the people who are the real boss of their country!
Bersih rally-goers to face action
GEORGE TOWN, July 25 — Bersih 2.0 marches arrested during the July 9 rally are expected to be charged soon for taking part in what the authorities have classified as an illegal assembly, with the police confident of wrapping up investigations this week.
The police arrested nearly 1,700 people, including Bersih 2.0 chief, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Pakatan Rakyat leaders during the rally for electoral reforms.
“We are confident we can complete investigations into the assembly this week,” Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar was cited as saying today by state news agency Bernama Online.
“We are still looking into the issues played up by various individuals because there are some who still make statements which do not portray the actual situation that day,” he added.
Ismail told reporters here he has instructed his men to speed up their investigations and take action based on the existing laws.
City police obtained a court order banning 91 individuals from entering Kuala Lumpur on July 9, while almost 200 were picked up prior to the rally.
The police have released all those arrested except for six Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, who are being detained under the Emergency Ordinance for allegedly attempting to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The six were supposedly found with T-shirts bearing the likenesses of former communist leaders.