Early this morning one of my wife's staff members was stopped on his way to work. He was riding his motorcycle. The police stopped him and insisted that he take off his jacket to show them what T-shirt he was wearing!!! Ya. That was what I said when I heard about the incident. What the FUCK???!!! Apparently, they were still looking to arrest people found wearing the yellow T-shirts with Bersih 2.0 on it. Promoting an illegal gathering it seems. But I am totally confused now. What is legal and what is illegal. Or in the words of one of the men in blue, "UN-illegal".
Let's re-play the events of the last few days. His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agung issued a statement calling on the organisers of Bersih 2.0 to call off the march on the streets saying that it will do more bad than good. The organisers being loyal citizens of His Majesty seeked an audience with His Majesty to clarify things and said that if it was His Majesty's wish then they would call off the rally. At almost the same time Prime Minister, Najib in his infinite wisdom announced that he would allow Bersih 2.0 to rally if they would do it within the confines of a stadium. And he even said that they could 'shout' as loud for as long as they want. What does this mean? Wouldn't it mean that Najib is saying that the rally is legally allowed to take place inside a stadium? But then his cousin, the Home Minister had days ago branded the Bersih 2.0 event as an illegal gathering and threatened using the ISA on all involved. And the police, under instructions from the Home Ministry I suppose, started arresting people for taking part and/or promoting an illegal rally. By simply wearing yellow T-shirts or carrying banners or encouraging people to join the rally. And now I read from the Bersih blog that the Merdeka stadium authorities have refused to take Bersih 2.0's booking saying that the stadium is unavailable due to in-house activities or renovations or some such silly reason. So what is going to happen? One cousin says one thing, the other cousin says another. And the civil servants, under instructions from one cousin or some deputy I guess, do something else.
The latest news is that the Home Minister has announced that Bersih 2.0 is still ILLEGAL.
What the fuck is happening to this country?
This is really one time I want to open my window and SHOUT out...
NIAMAH!!! CAR STICKERS.
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