Its been a long time.
Again i find myself in the situation to write about something i feel strongly about. Let's take a guess shall we? Of course, BERSIH 3.0.
Everyone has their own convictions. While thousands of Malaysians flocked to various areas to 'duduk bantah' i find myself unable to do so. Let me tell you why. It's not that I'm not for clean and fair elections because everyone is. But somehow i feel BERSIH has very subtly overstepped the line from being just about clean and fair elections to becoming increasingly anti-government. I just simply cannot make myself join a demonstration feeling the cause has been compromised and very much merged with an anti-government movement simply because I do not stand for the latter.
People may say I'm reading too much into things. But somehow i feel very much convicted of this and am always reminded of Romans 13:1 in spite of all the blatant corruption. This does not mean however that we should tolerate any evil dished out but speak out against such injustice. The thing we have to be careful with is how we do it that in our conduct we are blameless. I feel that BERSIH has not really exercised this caution in their statements and actions. But again, that's just my opinion of things.
Things that have been boiling my nerves recently:
1. Mainstream media and alternative media being unbelievably biased. Mainstream media i totally expected. Sorely disappointed with Malaysiakini for posting 'news' based on people's opinions which has been made to sound like facts.
http://malaysiakini.com/news/196371 title is just so so wrong.
http://malaysiakini.com/news/196435 and http://malaysiakini.com/news/196415 fact-finding mission team? invited by Anwar? biased not?
2. Treatment and hate for Police. They are human beings with emotions and feelings. They deserve compassion and to be empathised with. Generalizing all police as brutal is wrong, discriminative and backward. Look at things through their eyes for once.
3. 'BERSIH supporters' who say they are for clean and fair elections but are really just after the adrenaline rush from the experience. I came across this fb status describing how BERSIH 3.0 was great and that he/she wants to invite everyone to BERSIH 4.0. But really, if you have this cause in your heart, you would hope that changes will happen and there would be NO need for a BERSIH 4.0. Where does your focus lie?
Hmmm.. I really don't know how to respond anymore but i can't shake off what i feel about this. Seems that there is a lot of pressure for people to support this.
"What??! You don't support BERSIH?? you don't want clean elections??!!"
Anyhow, let's just pray for Malaysia. God loves Malaysia and He is still in control. Pray that God will also keep the intentions of BERSIH pure and at the same time continuously check our own stand and intentions.
Until next time....