The first edition of Bersih in November 2007 provided the momentum for the Makkal Sakti wave of March 2008 that led to the opposition winning five states – Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor & Kelantan – and sweeping the Federal Territory.
If only FT had a state legislative assembly, then the oppo in GE12 would have won six states or exactly half of the peninsula and mind you, getting the richest and most developed ones with the biggest populations.
BN was left with the small states like Perlis, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan as well as the backwater of Terengganu. Although Pahang and Johor have remained in BN hands, the DAP is eyeing to grab the latter in GE14.
ABOVE: The evangelical churches are practice walking the Bersih routes
Bersih 2.0 & 3.0
The second and third editions of Bersih in 2011 and 2012 were the build-up for 2013’s Chinese tsunami.
GE13 saw the DAP reaching its uppermost threshold of 90 percent support among the Chinese. Having maxed out on Chinese votes, the evangelical party has since shifted its focus to the Malay electorate for GE14.
Hence Bersih 4.0 is a show of force by the DAP to demoralize the pro-establishment Malays and at the same time, attract the fence-sitting Malays to side the evangelical party’s soon-to-be rebooted coalition.
DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng believes that the opposition “will prevail at the next general elections because Malaysians will no longer stomach such blatant misconduct that there is nothing wrong in receiving RM2.6 billion in donations placed in one’s personal account”.
He believes that enough Malays can be persuaded to turn against Umno and BN due to the Najib unpopularity factor in order for the DAP to win the next general election.
Guan Eng: “Malaysia is a rogue state”
“Financial scandals and Malaysia have become almost synonymous,” proclaimed Guan Eng a couple of days ago for the consumption of a foreign media that’s already been reporting negatively on us.
“Malaysia is not yet a failed state, a rogue state perhaps but not yet a failed state,” he opined ominously.
“how we deal with the RM42 billion 1MDB financial scandal and RM2.6 billion political donation scandal is a litmus test of either Malaysia becoming either a rogue state or emerging as a functional democratic and developed nation.”
In his address on Friday (Aug 21), Guan Eng predictably badmouthed Malaysia as usual. Kiasu betoi – see the full text of his speech at the bottom of this page.
Guan Eng: “BN gone rogue, Penang become vogue”
This is what Guan Eng is telling the Chinese. He boasts that Georgetown is now ranked the most liveable city in Malaysia, overtaking Kuala Lumpur for the first time.
He claimed that the “success” of Penang and to a large extent Selangor shows that the DAP is “committed to good and clean governance”.
“So, it would appear that while Malaysia under BN has gone rogue, Penang has become vogue.”
Chinese believe BN is dirty, wicked and evil
Reviewing public electoral support, Guan Eng told his listeners in Hong Kong:
“In the 2013 General Election, Penang managed to increase our seats to 30 out of 40 while attaining a record 68% popular vote from the previous tally of 58%. Nationally PR beat BN in winning a combined popular vote of 52%, and should have formed the Federal Government if not for the gerrymandering and heavily lop-sided distribution of seats favouring BN.”
Guan Eng is confident he has got the brainwashed Chinese among the Penang population of 1.7 million eating from the palm of his hand. He is hopeful of extending his party’s influence to gullible Malays living in the other west coast states, especially Johor.
He promises, “Malaysia can still be saved if we dare to effect a change of government at the next general elections through clean elections”.
DAP have got their hopes up due to what Guan Eng has assessed as the complete irrelevance of the MCA, Gerakan and SUPP, aside from the infighting that is splitting the MIC. He is well aware that DAP is basically fighting Umno.
The DAP propaganda machine has been hard at work demonizing PAS whom Guan Eng accused of severing ties with his party last month (July 2015). He said, “After causing PR to split, PAS has even supported the Prime Minister on issues such as 1MDB and that two witnesses are required before proof can be ascertained!”
Spouting the patriotic rhetoric of uniting the different races “to save our beloved country”, the DAP evangelical leadership can almost smell Putrajaya already.
A disease that is afflicting the DAP leadership
Is the DAP really patriotic or are they merely exploiting the Malay dissatisfaction with Najib to transit the DAP to the pinnacle of power?
Let’s look at Guan Eng’s press statement issued yesterday and his ultra kaisu-ism with regard to manipulating Bersih. (His statement is reproduced in full at the bottom of this page.)
Who’s the one actually being ‘unreasonable’?
Lim Guan Eng in his press statement yesterday said:
“Clearly the Education Ministry is trying to link the word Bersih with the peaceful protests organised on 29-30 August to protest against corruption and the RM2.6 billion deposited in the Prime Minister’s personal account.”
Get this – the Penang Chief Minister has alleged that the Ministry of Education is politicking the ‘Bersih’ word. On top of accusing the Penang Education Department of “playing political games”, Guan Eng goes on to accuse the federal government of being “unreasonable” as well.
Who’s the one actually playing petty politics?
Schools in Penang have been directed not to participate in National Day celebrations organized by the Guan Eng administration.
In response, the Chief Minister characterized the directive as “politically motivated to sabotage Penang state government’s Merdeka celebrations”.
He also labelled it “an immature act of petty politics merely because the word ‘Bersih’ is used. The DAP is claiming that they’re embracing Dr Mahathir’s 1981 slogan ‘Bersih, cekap, amanah’.
What takes the cake, however, is the slew of accusations hurled by Guan Eng at Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid for endorsing the Penang Education Department’s decision.
It is “illogical, irrational and even irresponsible” for the Education Ministry to come up with the ban since the ‘Bersih, cekap, amanah’ phrase originated from Tun, complained Guan Eng.
Who’s actually bullying whom?
According to Guan Eng, it is the Education Ministry that is bullying the Penang state government.
“Is ‘Bersih’ now a dirty, vulgar and obscene word that must also be declared illegal?”, he asked.
Guan Eng further declared that Penang schoolchildren are prevented from participating in the Merdeka celebrations “because of the dangerous words ‘Bersih, cekap, amanah’ that is now considered unfit for children”.
The above illustrates perfectly the DAP evangelistas and their ‘Bak Kut Teh is not pork’ tahap siot methods while playing the victim.
All this playacting is to entrench the perception among the Malays that Najib and Umno are wicked and unfit to rule, and to brainwash rebellious young and urban Malays.
Bersih is not a “dangerous” word but the wormtongue behaviour of the sneaky DAP evangelistas is courting danger.
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Press statement by Lim Guan Eng (23 Aug 2015)
Federal Government unreasonable and bullying the Penang State Government because of the Bersih Rallies by banning their own 1980s BN government’s theme of “Bersih, Cekap, Amanah” when there were no problems with the Penang State Government choosing our own themes every year since 2010
Both new Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzhir Khalid and his deputy Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon must be rapped for reversing former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s education policies immediately upon assuming their new posts. First, Mahdzhir Khalid reiterated that the directive banning Penang schools from participating in the 58th Merdeka Day celebrations organised by the state government remains.
Madhzhir has continued the reversal of Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s education policies when he said that the Malaysian Examination Board (MEB) delayed the implementation of a mandatory pass in English in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) as the teachers and students were unprepared. The Education Ministry had postponed the mandatory pass in English in SPM, which was scheduled to be in force from next year, which was adopted by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in 2013. By de-emphasizing the importance of English, will only further erode the competitiveness of Malaysia’s economy in a global trading environment where English is the international lingua franca of commerce.
Playing political games should not sacrifice our economic competitiveness or innocent schoolchildren who had participated in the yearly Merdeka celebrations. The Penang Education Department had issued a circular directing all schools in the state to refrain from participating in any 58th Merdeka celebration or parade because the state government had selected our Merdeka theme of “Bersih, Cekap Amanah”(BCA).
This is clearly a reversal of Tan Sri Muhyiddin’s previous approach of allowing the Penang state government to choose their own Merdeka’s themes without any ban on school children participating being imposed. Penang had its own Merdeka theme since 2010 (see table) without any problems.
Why was no ban imposed since 2010 but only now. This is politically motivated to sabotage Penang state government’s Merdeka celebrations. Clearly the Education Ministry is trying to link the word Bersih with the peaceful protests organised on 29-30 August to protest against corruption and the RM2.6 billion deposited in the Prime Minister’s personal account. This is an immature act of petty politics merely because the word “Bersih” in BCA is used. Is “Bersih” now a dirty, vulgar and obscene word that must also be declared illegal?
Mahdzhir Khalid said it was not appropriate in the interests of national unity, for the state government to have a different Merdeka Day theme than that decided by the federal government for the country and that the ban would only be lifted if the state government adopted the BN federal government’s theme of “Sehati sejiwa”(one heart, one soul). MCA President Liow Tiong Lai said that I had dishonoured Merdeka by choosing BCA whilst Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan even said that BCA was against national interests.
Such a ban is illogical, irrational and even irresponsible when the BCA theme originated from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he first took office in 1981. BCA is even widely used in government letterheads as a reminder to be clean and not be corrupt. Perhaps that was why there was no RM2.6 billion donation deposited in Mahathir’s personal account. Is Mahdzhir and the Education Ministry now saying that Tun Dr Mahathir is anti-national?
The Federal government is unreasonable and bullying the Penang state government because of the Bersih rallies, by banning their own 1980s BN government’s theme of “Bersih, Cekap, Amanah” when there were no problems with the Penang state government choosing our own themes every year since 2010. In the process Penang school children are to be needlessly sacrificed and prevented from participating in the 58th Merdeka celebrations because of the dangerous words “Bersih, Cekap Amanah” that is now considered unfit for children.
Lim Guan Eng’s speech at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre in Hong Kong (21 Aug 2015)
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