Work, work, work has not allowed me to blog for several weeks now.
And what a “happening” several weeks it has been, hasn’t it?
If not “happening” here on our peaceful shores, then it was most certainly “happening” across the South China Sea. As usual.
Maybe we’re more level-headed over here in Sarawak or maybe elements that can cause discontent and chaos are successfully kept at bay here.
Actually, it could also be that we’re able to keep out these elements from our beloved State.
On July 9, the upgraded version of Bersih (The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) or Bersih 2.0 made good its threat to hold street demos and a good part of the KL CBD was made into a battleground because of Bersih 2.0 and it’s pro-opposition supporters.
Water cannons and riot police were fully-prepared to restore order and arrests were made.
I wasn’t really surprised by what unfolded that day because the people who have now politicised the colour yellow and the word “clean” (bersih) really had no alternative but to go ahead with their threats.
However, it was a surprise to find that some of these same people seemed surprised that water cannons would be used and arrests would be made. Those guys (riot police) and those water cannons had been waiting there for days and when people come up to them, what else did they expect?
Peaceful protests, which was what the promotional brochure promised, seldom turn out that way, especially when you have crowds that large.
Anyway, there were a few thousand people who joined the march that day. The protestors were most likely the loud, pushy minority and not the silent majority as the opposition would like you to believe.
The silent majority actually vote in elections and don’t join protests or marches or demonstrations. That’s why they’re called silent. That’s why they’re called the majority.
The silent majority vote every few years or so because most believe that’s their democratic obligation and responsibility.
If their candidate or party wins, that’s great. If their candidate or party loses, too bad, life goes on. We all move on.
The chairwoman of Bersih 2.0 believes otherwise.
As a vital part of the opposition, she believes the electoral process is screwed up and she wants to bersih it up.
In the last General Elections, the opposition parties made more ground than they had ever done in the history of the country. And yet still the chairman of Bersih 2.0 thinks the electoral process is not clean.
So now some may suspect that her real agenda is to help the opposition win more seats, especially with the next General Elections just around the corner.
Some of the spin made against her online have questioned her international links and foreign financial supporters.
There’s some kind of game going on and some may (rightfully) think that not all is bersih in Bersih 1.0 or Bersih 2.0.
For those who might not realise it, she was actually barred from entering our beloved State during the 10th Sarawak State Election.
Of course, naturally she’s upset because she couldn’t visit our beautiful State. I don’t blame her for being upset, because who wouldn’t want to visit Sarawak, anyway?
But after briefly seeing on TV what her Bersih 2.0 did in Malaya, I believe Sarawak had good reasons for stopping her from coming in.
Since we formed Malaysia with Malaya and Sabah in 1963, our beloved State has always had the right to turn away people at the door.
Maybe that’s why we’ve been so peaceful and harmonious all these years. Who knows?
What I do know is the silent majority in Sarawak like it peaceful and harmonious here.
If it means that once in a while we have to stop some tourists (who come armed with hidden agenda to jeopardize our peace and harmony) from coming into our beloved State, then so be it.
It’s a small price to pay for us peace-loving people here in Sarawak.
How The Star reported the latest development on Ambiga
Thursday July 14, 2011
Sarawak Chief Minister objects to Ambiga’s application
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sarawak Chief Minister has objected to a judicial review application filed by Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk S. Ambiga over a claim she was barred from entering the state during the April state elections.
Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in his objection, stated that the chief minister is not the state authority to be named in the application.
Besides that, he contended that the subject matter could not be reviewed under the Immigration Act.
The Immigration Department director-general will also be raising an application on the grounds he was not a relevant party in the action.
Yesterday, High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Rohana Yusuf set Aug 3 to hear the objections to the application for leave for judicial review.
She fixed the date after meeting the parties in chambers.
Ambiga, a former Bar Council president, named the chief minister, Immigration Department director-general and the Sarawak Immigration director as respondents in her application.
Solicitor James Khong acted for Ambiga while Senior Federal Counsel Datin Azizah Nawawi represented the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Immigration Department director-general.
Sarawak legal adviser Datuk J.C. Fong acted for the chief minister.
Azizah, meanwhile, told The Star the Immigration director-general would be raising an objection that he is not a relevant party in the action and that the matter should be filed in Kuching.
In her application filed on May 23, Ambiga wanted an order from the High Court to compel the respondents to allow her to enter Sarawak as well as damages, costs and further relief deemed fit by the court.
Ambiga said the respondents had failed to take into account relevant facts which would have shown that her visit to Sarawak was to engage in non-partisan, legitimate political activity.
The Sarawak state election was held on April 16, resulting in the Barisan Nasional winning 55 of the 71 seats at stake. The other seats went to the DAP (12), PKR (three) and an Independent. Abdul Taib was sworn in as Chief Minister after the Barisan captured two-thirds majority.