A Bersih supporter, Lydia Osman, gives her take. She felt cheated because PKR leaders had provoked the police into taking action:..
"For once, I have to disagree with my mentor, Datuk S. Ambiga. She says
Bersih 3.0 was a success because many people attended. The Malaysian
Insider puts the crowd at 30,000 while Malaysiakini puts it at 100,000.
For me, for my friends who were marching, there is one reason and one
reason only to proclaim Bersih 3.0 a ‘success’ and that is because a
handful of protestors led by rowdy members of the opposition managed to
provoke the police to react. The image above clearly shows the
red-shirted Unit Amal of PAS charging and daring the Police to stop
them. Because the police reacted with water and gas, the quantum of news
minutes that Bersih 3.0 will get online and around the world will
multiply by more than ten times.
To be fair to Datuk S. Ambiga, she did clearly urge the crowd to
disperse before the water gas and water cannons were fired because she
felt that objectives of the rally were achieved. But one group who were
there for other reasons clearly did not listen.
The troublemaker segment
of the crowd instead listened to Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali who pushed
them hard to break down the barriers the police had constructed. For
the police, despite not having roadblocks into KL the night before like
they did during Bersih 2.0, despite allowing us to walk through KL in
the right spirit which was almost carnival like, Azmin breaking down
barriers that a Court Judge had effectively ordered the police to erect
were just too much for them to let go. Anwar knew this, which is why he
ordered Azmin to ensure that adequate provocation was carried out.
there was any further proof that any rational Malaysian needed to know
that the Opposition had unfairly hijacked Bersih 3.0, this provocative
action was it. It was in effect the final nail in the coffin for the
independence and civil-society orientation of Bersih 3.0. I feel cheated
to have marched for Bersih and for Ambiga. Instead, my small part that I
wanted to play for my country’s future, my sacrifice to face any bodily
harm was instead cheaply purchased for the propagation of the
I will never march again if Anwar and his
troublemakers are allowed to take over what belonged to civil society.
We created the awareness of this, we sweated and struggled for this, we
were arrested and inconvenienced for this yet it is Anwar and his
henchmen who will gain the most from Bersih 3.0. It is Anwar and Pakatan
Rakyat not democracy that gains from this. The irony is that all that
Bersih and Datuk Ambiga were fighting for are the same practices that
Anwar openly practiced as UMNO leader, Barisan MP and most recently as
Keadilan Supremo when he rigged the entire Parti Keadilan Rakyat
elections and good leaders like Zaid Ibrahim were forced to exit the
Without Anwar and Opposition politicians, the
situation was much better, especially in the morning. The image below of
my friend engaging the police is proof of this. When actual independent
supporters of Bersih were the ones marching, we approached the police
in peace, we did not desire a confrontation with the police but just
wanted the make our point heard loud and clear. If the rally had
continued in this spirit, Bersih 3.0 would have a been a real and true
success for the people and Government of Malaysia. Instead it is real
‘success’ for Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat as BN will be skewered
and vilified by the global media, with CNN etc. smiling with glee at the
amount of entertaining footage that Azmin Ali and his band of Hoodies
has freely provided."
(Taken from Kamalanathan's blog - tanpa izin, maaf.)