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Sunday, July 10, 2011

To Putrajaya: Was it worth it?

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This piece, which appeared at The Malaysian Insider late yesterday afternoon, asks a very pertinent question to the Malaysian government of the day.

Walski doesn't usually do this when he clips articles, but he's decided to clip the entire piece, for your reading and further consideration.

Not exactly sure how the Malaysian coddled mainstream press will report yesterday's rally - and frankly Walski doesn't care because he can already guess - but regardless of whose version of the "truth" you choose to believe, this short piece contains a rhetorical question that begs an answer.

Was it worth it? — The Malaysian Insider

This question is directed at the government of the day, the one in Putrajaya. Was it worth it?
• shutting down Kuala Lumpur, and in doing so did exactly what it said the Bersih people would do: disrupt life of city folk.
• refusing to allow Bersih to have a gathering in Stadium Merdeka and guess what: there were gatherings all over the city. So instead of being clever and limiting the crowd to one area, the authorities had to scramble all over the city.
• refusing to allow Bersih to march, ostensibly because they were thugs and anti-social elements bent on wreaking havoc on the city.

We are sorry but the vast majority of Malaysians who braved the police, tear gas and elements were ordinary folk, Malaysians of different races and religions who came together for a fairer election system.

They were not paid RM50 to show up or given nasi bungkus or given 1 Malaysia T-shirts. They showed up because they believed.

• unleashing Malaysians on Malaysians. That image will live on for a while.

Once again, was it worth it?