Monday, November 12, 2007

The Message of 10-Eleven...

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is predictably irked by Saturday's rally/march to the palace by thousands of Malaysians.
The 10-Eleven Yellow march was for electoral reforms, for clean and fair elections.
Opposition leaders from the DAP, Pas and Keadilan were there. Together they -- Lim Kit Siang, Hadi Awang and Anwar Ibrhaim - handed the memorandum to Istana Negara officials.

The Prime Minister says that this is an attempt to drag the Yang di-Pertuan Agong into politics and to force the Monarch to take sides.

Read the NST story here.

To me it's quite simple, really.
I think we are all aware about the position of the Yang diPertuan Agong in our parliamentary democracy.
I learnt about this way back in form 6 history (principal) paper (British/Malaysian constitution) and again in college (law paper).

The message is simple, and to me, very clear.
Those thousands of people walked all the way to Istana Negara to accompany the opposition leaders to submit a petition to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who is not the chief executive of the country.
Not everyone of these "protesters" are Opposition supporters but they supported the memorandum. Many probably signed the petition.

Whatever the figure -- 10,000 (according to the police) or 40,000.

I'm not sure if all of them are voters.

But I can bet you, most of them are.

That rally means nothing only if you think that NOT every vote counts.


Accia said...

salam kak ena,
memangLah dia dah bangun dari tidur, tapi masih mamai.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

It's really the beginning of the end
When you can't distinguish between foe and friend
Even the shower is down from heaven to send
The message that God's justice never ends

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng
Mon. 12th Nov. 2007.

Rockybru said...

The PM said the Yellow March was an Opposition's trap to drag the Agong into politics.

Acciaccatura is right, the guy's disoriented. I was there and I am not part of the so-called Opposition. You are not Opposition. Stephen is not an Opposition member. Haris is not Opposition. Those 18 kids the cops detained couldn't have been Opposition members.

Heck, almost everyone I know who took part in the march does not belong to an Opposition party.

But yes, you can say that many of us oppose the way the PM deals with issues affecting the people and the country. And the way he handled the Yellow March is a perfect example.

And that is why I decided to tell the Agong about it. His PM has stopped listening.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that the Yellow March has sent a strong message to the govt. I believe also that they have big question mark how the people succeeded in penetrating the heavy security and roadblocks. They have every reasons to feel insecure. Bravo to all the Marchers. You are making the difference for a better Malaysia. We in Sabah are proud of you.