I would too, and I am sure you would whether you prefer a yellow or red badge.
However, the moment you start to identify a political cause to it, then it obviously become.....political.
It does not take a genius to see the damage it has done to countries like Thailand, who until today are still picking up the pieces of the Red Shirt vs Yellow Shirt protest that virtually killed off Thailand Tourism (well, it took them 3 quarters to recover but yet the damage was there).
Yet in Libya, the battle still continues. (Police picked up some banners from a 'Bersih' gathering point that asked the public to revolt ala Libya)
Is this the way we want to take the country forward?
Much has been said about Najib and how he will destroy the country if he comes into power (there was a group who petitioned the King to interfere in his appointment). Najib has assumed power now for almost 2 years, ad we have seen positive changes vs the last administration, and Malaysia continue to grow despite all the doom and gloom in world economics.
Bersih 2.0 is nothing more than a desperate attempt to push the Government to wield the ISA. It does not help that the Home Minister has not been 'moved' to act against troublemakers, but worst of is the fact that the opposition lawmakers are openly defying the law in trying to coral public support.
Did you stop and ask yourself why now? Having produced great growth gains in trying times, Malaysia under Najib has won over many detractors. Anwar on the other hand has been tripping all over his folly. It really does not help the opposition if Najib calls for an election soon.
So out comes from the woodwork all those who crawled into it the last time around. Not only have they grown bg and fat from all the milking that has been going on, they have been fed the notion that the whole nation supports them!
This has gotten a mother of 5 , otherwise known as 5xMom both in her blog and twitter. She had twitted 'I think all Christians should march for all the persecution they had done to us and our lord' on the night of the 29th of June. I had seen that twit being retweeted, and am definitely disappointed that there are people out there who is happy to incite and blow up what Bersih has started.
What more if you work for a Chief Minister? Should we, the rest of us who want to move forward just stand by on the side and hope that the best prevail?
I can't. I stood by when I was demonised for 'switching sides', but I know myself better.
For one, I am a catholic, and WILL NOT ACCEPT that my religion is used by some to garner popularity in the name of religion. The line has to be drawn, and there are limits to what we can do. Inciting in the name of religion is not one of it.
I made a police report today, after my warning to 5Xmom to remove the tweet was ignored, and I guess now its time I did my part to debunk the notion that ALL CATHOLICS are off the view that we have been religiously persecuted.
I am appealing to all right minded (not like minded) people to think rationally and not react emotionally. Malaysia is OUR COUNTRY, and do not let the likes of Ibrahim Ali, or Ambiga and those bent on tearing Malaysia apart for their benefits to prevail.
This is OUR COUNTRY. There is no need to take to the streets to defend it as THERE IS NOTHING TO DEFEND IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!