Bersih 3.0 – UMNO Insiders Hope For A Chaos Rally?


The Fear Factor Season 3 is here again. In another 3 days, the much feared Bersih 3.0 rally will rock and roll in Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. Bersih 1.0 was held in 2007, followed by Bersih 2.0 in July 2011. Both rallies delivered embarrassing moments to the Malaysian Government – Bersih 1.0 to (former) Badawi administration while Bersih 2.0 to Najib administration. 

Bersih 1.0 was supposed to be just another, well, normal demonstration until the then Information Minister, Zainuddin Maidin, almost sent Al-Jazeera lady interviewers into orgasm during a phone call grill that the (Bersih 1.0) rally was illegal because the government allows “erection every 5-year” – in reference to general election.

Bersih Demonstrators

Bersih 3.0 28 Apr 2012

In Bersih 2.0, the present PM Najib Razak has taken over, booted out Abdullah Badawi after Mar 2008 general election’s poor performance, thanks partly to Bersih 1.0 rally. When Najib thought he could do no wrong – with disgraceful Zainuddin sent back to his “kampong” and the sleepy-head Badawi sent into retirement – the opposite happened to the elite British-educated son of a former prime minister. His Home Minister, cousin Hishammuddin Hussein, adopted thuggish approach by literally locking down the capital city and sweeping almost every hotel, motel and massage parlour (*grin*) for prospect demonstrator. Yellow, Bersih’s colour, was banned. Kuala Lumpur was like a warzone.

Bersih 2.0 Rally

The day arrived and despite battalions of police sent raiding accommodation places prior to the Bersih 2.0 rally, a united estimated 50,000 Malaysians regardless of ethnic, religion, age, wealth and whatnot took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur in defiance of the government ban, hand-in-hand. While it was an awesome sight for protestors, it was a nightmare for Najib administration.PM Najib underestimated the power of the “yellows”. It was a jaw-dropping sight when Najib, together with his wife Rosmah, was met by Queen Elizabeth II wearing a yellow dress. It was perhaps the most embarrassing moment to the PM Najib. Do you know that blue was the Queen’s favourite colour at 29% while yellow was at a distant 4%?