I also love our Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

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by : Hussaini Abdul Karim

Inilah surat saya yang baru saya hantar kepada akhbar-akhbar mainstream tempatan berbahasa Inggeris (Akhbar-akhbar mainstream tempatan berbahasa Melayu sudah tidak mahu menerbitkan artikel-artikel ataupun surat-surat saya lagi). Saya harap mereka akan menerbitkannya.

Dear Sir,

BERSIH 3.0 has come and gone and every day we hear people, including politicians from both divides, talking about it, some for and some against. Reports, comments and criticisms on BERSIH 3.0 are in the newspapers, on TV and on radio stations; mainstream, alternative, printed and electronic every day, day and night.

I think the people generally are fed up with it especially the denial by the pro-government people about their rightful demands and their (BERSIH) right to organise a peaceful rally. To say or suggest that BERSIH 3.0 is an attempt by the opposition to take over the government is totally ‘off-tangent’, I think. BERSIH 3.0 leaders and organisers are very clear about what they want and they have received support from the majority of the people, the rakyat, from all walks of life and cross-section of people. So, what is so wrong about their demands?

Below are their demands, from BERSIH 1.0, BERSIH 2.0 and BERSIH 3.0:

1. Clean up of the electoral roll
2. Use of indelible ink
3. Abolition of postal voting for military and police personnel
4. Free and fair access to mass media for all parties
5. Reform of postal ballot
6. Minimum 21 days of campaign period
7. Strengthening of public institutions
8. No corruption
9. No dirty politics
10. Resignation of the existing Electoral Commission
11. Implementation of the 8 demands before the 13th general election
12. Observation of the 13th general election by international observers

BERSIH 3.0 demands are now not just the demands of their leaders and the organisers only, they have now become the demands of the majority of the people, the rakyat, who will come to vote at GE 13 as can be seen by over 500,000 people who attended the BERSIH 3.0 rally on 28 April 2012.

I would suggest that all the advisors to the government and our leaders, in order to get a better outcome and demonstrate the real practice of democracy as professed by our leaders time and time and again, do a proper study and analysis of BERSIH 3.0 and advise the leaders to engage the people and not go against them.

If the rakyat wants another BERSIH rally and call it BERSIH 4.0, let them and I would suggest, as a concerned citizen, a citizen who loves the country very much and a citizen of the country who has fought the communists to maintain peace and solidarity in the country in the 70s, the Prime Minister should engage with the people if BERSIH 4.0 is on and try to be on their good side. So, please recognise the people’s demands.

I also love our Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.