The truth is finally out about the political affiliation of Bersih 2.0 and its comes from none other than a Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Wong Chin Huat.
Thank you, Chin Huat. You have confirmed what we have always thought – Bersih 2.0 is a political means for Pakatan Rakyat to secure sympathies, votes, and provoke the authorities.
On 8 August 2011, Chin Huat, a political scientist, revealed that his study showed that PR will get 100 federal seats (up from the current 75) in the next general election.
He attributed to the increase in support for PR to the government’s handling and reaction to Bersih 2.0, which helped changed the sentiments of 55 marginal seats in favor of the opposition – 20 won by BN and 33 won by PR in GE12.
Yes, Chin Huat, your research has justified the donations to Bersih 2.0 by Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar Ibrahim’s friends in the United States. Thank you. Bersih 2.0 indeed succeeded in serving its political masters.
In your presentation at Monash University, you also pointed out that your research was conducted based “on the premise that Bersih 2.0 has shifted the mood in favor of the opposition”.
Thank you, Chin Huat. That was a great assumption and you just told us that Bersih 2.0 was never apolitical in to start with and the Bersih 2.0 steering committee was aware of the outcome to favor the opposition. Not political? My foot!
Of course most important of all, Malaysians should thank you, Wong Chin Huat, for highlighting the fact that the “winds of change” in favor of Pakatan Rakyat EXCEPT for Kedah. Now, that could only mean that Chin Huat (and perhaps his research respondents) agrees that the government of Kedah under PAS has not been doing well. Then again, we already know that given PAS’ inclination to implement policies that erode the rights of non-Muslims in the state.
Chin Huat, your research has exposed PAS’ vulnerability and the Islamic party’s relevance to voters, especially in urban areas. Of course we already know that too, based on examples of extremist demands by PAS in Selangor – church raid, banned concerts, protest against concerts and sale of liquor.
You have confirmed that PAS is a liability to Pakatan Rakyat.
Thank you, Chin Huat.
However, we must disagree with you on one point – the effects (of Bersih 2.0) were rather “self-inflicted” by BN by their use of “machinery, muscle, media and monarchy” and BN failed by “using the King’s advice for own purpose”.
The point of contention is YOUR ASSUMPTION that the monarchy, DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong, was susceptible to be influenced and “used” by anyone or any party. Now, that’s a really big accusation, my friend.
We cannot thank you for insulting the monarchy and for suggesting that the monarch is NOT INDEPENDENT. Didn’t your boss Datuk Ambiga have an audience with the Agong on 4 July? She said after the audience that she was advised by Tuanku not to hold rallies in the city. Bersih 2.0 went ahead with the rally.
By the way, she didn’t bring the memorandum with her right?
Is that how you and your friends show respect for Tuanku and the monarchy? Or you mean you really don’t? Hmm … Is that why you all want to repeal ISA?
The question that begs to be asked next is – would PKR, DAP, PAS or even MCLM, for that matter, seek to reduce the power of the monarchy when you form the next federal government?
Chin Huat, thank you for providing us with a glimpse of the policies and direction of your movement and PR when they come into power.
Political Transformation Program (PTP)
Chin Huat, like we don’t already have enough acronyms in our lives, you had to add in one more! Thank you for coming up with the brilliant program, although you have given the credit to Najib Razak.
Your PTP is nothing more than a roadmap for PR to take over Putrajaya in GE13. Congratulations, but for it to be effective, you should also publish details of PTP or an action plan of sorts for PR parties – who are quite lost at the moment.
We suggest you start with a shadow cabinet so the voters could judge for their future under PR government themselves.
(Psst … Please also outline how PTP will deal with over 60% Malays in this country who has special rights under the Federal Constitution and 25% Chinese minority that wants equal rights.)
Thank you, Chin Huat.
We just realized that our government has been “foreign” all these years. You political modernisation process of “ousting of an ethnically or culturally foreign ruler and subsequent democratization of a nation” was shocking!
Although we think it would serve you justice if you clarify whether you mean the Agong is a foreign ruler? Is it the Malay Sultanate? Or Najib? Or UMNO or the Malays? Constitutional monarchy and Parliament are foreign elements too?
Countries and economies go through modernisation all the time but to allude that the current government, after 54 years of independence, are “foreign”?
Thank you, Chin Huat. We didn’t know that.
To be safe, talk to Anwar Ibrahim and Ambiga urgently. Their allegiance to foreign organisations is a baggage rather than asset. I’m sure you know what sovereign state means and what it will be like to have a Prime Minister who is personally heavily indebted to other nations.
We have to thank you, Chin Huat, for putting in place a completely new dimension to democratisation and modernisation. You seem to think that ousting a ruling government is modernisation and a country that has been holding general elections since 1955 is not democratic – and not to mention also 16 by-elections since 2008 in which PR won 9!
With the same breath, your Bersih 2.0 rejected the biometric system for indelible ink to curb duplicate voting in GE13. Modernization ala PKR.
Thank you, Chin Huat. We have learnt a lot from your presentation and research.
Now, for us to understand your research better, do you mind posting the details such as methodology, sampling, respondents’ demographics or any additional data to support your findings? You might also want to review the predictions for GE13. Since the people are so unhappy with the ruling government, PR is likely to win all 222 seats in Parliament (why not?).
Point to ponder:
If Bersih 2.0 had not endeared themselves to Pakatan Rakyat (for the turnout at the rally) and foreign-based organizations (for funding), would the government have reacted differently to Bersih 2.0?
Where will Chin Huat and Ambiga contest in GE13?
Where are the other NGOs under Bersih 2.0? Why is the voice of Anwar Ibrahim or Lim Guan Eng louder than the other leaders and associates of Bersih 2.0?
We all want free and fair elections, but we just don’t want to associate ourselves with PR in Bersih 2.0. Does that make us bastards and enemy of the state?
TOMORROW: Wong Chin Huat on state violence