What the hell is Bersih anyway?
Bersih, short for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil) is a coalition of 62 non-governmental organizations founded in November 2006. Since its founding, Bersih has been supported by the three main opposition parties, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), PAS, and DAP. Bersih is demanding on a clean election in our country run by the Election Commission of Malaysia, as you can see in the picture above.
What happened on 9th of July 2011?
The government officially estimates that 6000 people attended the rally, however, according to Asia Times, "online observations estimated the protester numbers were higher than the implausibly-low official figure." Independent assessments put the rally numbers at between 10,000 (sources sympathetic to the police) to over 20,000 (sources sympathetic to the protesters), while Bersih 2.0 claims a turnout of 50,000. The protestors were unable to congregate at Merdeka Stadium as many were forced to disperse by police who were heavily deployed throughout the city. Police arrested more than 1660 protestors, including Ambiga and several opposition figures. "500 youth members of the ruling party" turned out for the counter-rallies".
It was quite horrified that what we call a peace rally suddenly turn out to be an unpleasant event in our history. This is not about who we should point out to, it is about what we should do. From my personal point of view, this rally gives the civilian in our country their own right, the right to make our voices to be heard out loud. As we can see, Malaysia is known as a democratic country but let me ask you this ; "What is Democracy?"
In wikipedia, democracy is a form of government in which all citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (and more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development and passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. Are we actually live in a democratic country? Think.
Media is being manipulated, money over reality. I'm not into politics or what but I'm in learning process to be a good photographer, yet I'm still not decided to be majoring in any specific fields such wedding, streets or even wildlife photography. But up until now I'm learning my photography in how to create a story behinds your pictures. The media should be honest on giving out the news, because it is normal for the viewers to believe what they read, what they see.
Readers, please find the truth with your heart. Here I shared with you what I think is the truth that can't be cover.
See the truth behind the story, I'm not trying to raised your hate towards government, just want to share the real story on the streets. It is not about politics, it is about the art of seeing, that is what I practiced on my photography.
Until next time, smile.