MAY 23 — Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said that under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011, everyone has the right to hold a gathering and therefore, the burger seller who opened his stall in front of Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan's house in Bukit Damansara did not break any laws.
The Deputy IGP might have just wanted to show off his sense of humour, but the remark seems to have turned out as an encouragement.
Therefore, after the burger seller, another group of former army veterans went for "butt exercise" in front of Ambiga's house.
It was then followed by WargaAMAN, a group of 20 Indian non-governmental organisations, planning to set up thosai stalls in front of Khalid's house in Ampang.
The plan was cancelled, but another group wants to go to Ambiga's house.
The group, claiming to be traders of the Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Action Council, plan to stage the "Bersih 4.0" protest by opening up stalls in front Ambiga's house tomorrow and Friday.
They also threatened that if no one is willing to compensate the losses they suffered during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 after May 25, they would upgrade the protest into an occupy campaign, namely to camp outside Ambiga's house.
These remarks and actions seem to be legitimate and sound sensible, but are in fact irrational. They have also become more and more ridiculous, absurd and repugnant.
Only fools would believe that all these antics are completely unrelated to politics.
If these are political acts, then who is the manipulator behind the acts?
I believe that no political party would be stupid enough to claim these pranksters, as it will not earn points for the party, but transform the party into the best campaigning staff of the confronting party instead.
In fact, opening a burger stall would not only bring a great loss in terms of money, but also in terms of votes.
Similarly, having a butt exercise in front of Ambiga's house did not seem to have helped improve health, but it might cause injuries instead, as well as the loss of votes.
The reason is very simple. For voters, all these behaviour patterns are just little tricks causing harm to others, as well as themselves.
Such unscrupulous antics have reached a limit too ghastly to look at.
Such a malicious confrontation has gone beyond the people's bottom line of toleration.
Democracy should not be like this. This is an abuse and an attrition of democracy instead!
If the antics go on, our society will continue to sink until justice disappears and rogues come to power.
Members of the public should no longer keep quiet and let one after another scene of incomprehensible absurdity stage before our eyes.
Please tell the performers that we have been very sick of it and please, stop all these silly games! If they really want to play, please play it gentlemanly and graciously! — mysinchew.com
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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