SAVE THE COUNTRY
The PATRIOT Foundation is deeply concerned with the recent developments with regards to the illegal Bersih 2.0 rally, which will take place on July 9 on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Bersih 2.0 organisers had also announced that simultaneous demonstrations will be held at 2pm local time on July 9 in London, Canberra and Sydney as well as Taiwan.
Two other groups namely Perkasa and Pemuda UMNO have also announced that their members would also take to the streets against Bersih 2.0.
The PATRIOT Foundation is therefore calling for:
1. A ban on all three rallies by Bersih/Perkasa/Pemuda UMNO.
The organisers' efforts to bring issues to the streets can be likened as sabotaging the Nation as whatever happens on that day will tarnish Malaysia's image as a fast developing peaceful nation. They are rebels using several outfits as a front. There are proper channels for grouses and grievance to be aired. Holding a rally or several rallies is certainly not an option.
2. Use preventive laws.
It is unfortunate that earlier warnings issued by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein have gone unheeded. The ministry should therefore no longer hesitate to take preventive measures on the organisers. Any action on the day of the event or after would be futile as the repercussions would already have far-reaching consequences especially on the economy of the country.
3. Negative reporting on the country.
Past experiences of illegal rallies in the country had shown the negative impact on the country's reputation as a politically stable and safe destination. International media reporting on the day itself and those so called independent news portals will do the most damage to the country. Turmoil sells in their trade. Giving factual and direct account is secondary.
4. Organizers should face the music.
All the organisers - be it Bersih 2.0, Perkasa and Pemuda UMNO - must be charged for instigating members to gather illegally. They must be banned from leaving the country before or after the event. The Bersih organizers for instance must not be allowed to leave the country for possible exile to avoid prosecution. In another example, Pemuda UMNO chief YB Khairy Jamaluddin, should be asked to return to be alongside his soldiers instead of fighting for another cause beyond our shores. A responsible General is one who initiates a war and stands by his command.
5. Malaysians to save the country.
Each and every one of us who call ourselves Malaysian should reject and stop all attempts to create chaos on any streets in the country or elsewhere.
We are all peace-loving people who want the country to prosper and continue to develop to meet Vision 2020.
Malaysia is as the national anthem goes
"Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku,
Rakyat hidup, bersatu dan maju,
Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,
Raja kita, selamat bertakhta.
Rahmat Bahagia, Tuhan kurniakan,
Raja kita, selamat bertakhta."
We should not allow ourselves to be use by manipulators serving their own self and political interests.
About The PATRIOT Foundation
The Patriot Foundation is an independent, non-governmental and non-profitable think tank that provides necessary feedback to the government and Malaysians on basic social, political and economic issues through open channels.