Why I will camp out at Padang Merbok

Posted on June 23, 2013


many-colours-one-dream988643_203796106436706_615376236_nWe’ve had 3 BERSIH rallies demanding a slew of electoral reforms.

What did they give us?

An indelible ink which was not indelible.

And how is it that with just 47% of the votes cast, Najib & Co are still in Putrajaya?

We may never know how much of that 47% was made up of stolen postal votes, phantom voters, and foreigners bussed in to vote at selected constituencies, but I have no doubt in my mind that key to UMNO / BN retaining Putrajaya notwithstanding their having failed to garner a majority of the legitimate votes cast was the gerrymandering and malapportionment.

EC has now said that the re-drawing of the constituency boundaries must be concluded by year end.

If this task is to be undertaken by the presently constituted EC, do not be surprised if, at the next GE, taking 30% of the legitimate votes cast will see UMNO / BN returned to Putrajaya again.

The KL112 rally in January this year was the first rally since Bersih 2 and Bersih 3 that was held in a stadium.

Many were rather surprised that KL112 witnessed a complete change in stance on the part of police authorities compared to the violence inflicted during the Bersih rallies.

Was there a re-thinking on how to deal with these people rallies?

Get us indoors, perhaps?

After all, there’ve been a string of Black 505 rallies through the country , many indoors, with huge attendances screaming ‘SPR undur’ ,  ‘Hidup Rakyat’ and whatever else, and police assisting.

A couple of hours later, it’s all over.

We come, we scream, and we go.

And we begin to ask ourselves ‘Where is all this leading to?’.

Indeed, where?

The EC members are still there, and appear determined to stay.

I think we, too, need a re-think on these rallies.

We come, we scream, and we go isn’t working.

It’s time to rally and tell the EC, Najib & Co that we aren’t leaving until the present EC goes en bloc.

My friends and I at Padang Merbok here tonight hope that this encampment here is the humble beginning of that rally.