Charging the field without infantry

After the official break up of the (Un)holy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, the Opposition are trying to solider on in the usual game hyping up anti-Ruling Government sentiments through mass demonstration. However, it is without their most tactical arm, the foot soldiers.

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

PAS begins to feel the chill of isolation


Published: 11 August 2015 11:00 AM

The well-known and disciplined PAS Unit Amal security team, which had helped keep the order in previous Bersih rallies, will not be involved in the Bersih 4 rally at the end of this month following the break up of Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 11, 2015.
The well-known and disciplined PAS Unit Amal security team, which had helped keep the order in previous Bersih rallies, will not be involved in the Bersih 4 rally at the end of this month following the break up of Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 11, 2015.
PAS now appears to be out in the cold of various programmes being organised by civil society and other opposition parties following the break up of Pakatan Rakyat triggered by its decision to end ties with DAP.
The Islamist party has decided to organise its own version of a Bersih 4 rally after not being invited to be part of plans for the mega rally on August 29.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said that the party would only be sending three representatives to Bersih 4 as it was not being spearheaded by them.

“We decided to participate in Bersih but this Bersih 4 is not headed by us. The agenda is not by us, it’s by others.
“So we are only sending three from our side to the rally, we are not asking our members to join.

“We will have another gathering headed by PAS and we will invite others,” Hadi said during a speech in Ipoh on Sunday night.

Besides Bersih 4, the Islamist party has been cast aside from two other events, which were a meeting of opposition parties on July 29 and the handing over of a memorandum in support of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on August 6.

On July 29, opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail called for a meeting among the opposition parties but it was cancelled at the last minute as DAP said it did not want to attend the meeting if PAS was involved.

PAS had decided to send three representatives to the meeting – deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, secretary-general Datuk Takiyudin Hassan and elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali.

The PAS leaders arrived at the PKR office in Petaling Jaya for the meeting but found that it had been canceled. Dr Wan Azizah held a meeting with non-governmental organisation (NGO) heads instead.

On August 6, all opposition leaders except PAS met at the MACC office to show moral support for the anti-graft agency which was the target of police investigations in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at the time.

The Malaysian Insider understands that PAS leaders were not informed nor invited to be part of the visit.

This led to the Selangor PAS Youth wing going it alone by sending its own memorandum of support to MACC the next day.

Now, PAS has found itself being shunned from plans for Bersih 4.

While all opposition parties, including PAS splinter group Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) were invited to plan the rally, PAS was left out of it completely.

This has raised questions if PAS would participate in the rally, given that its supporters have traditionally beefed up numbers in previous Bersih rallies.

PAS, as a highly-disciplined and organised party at the grassroots level, has also traditionally provided support with its Volunteer Corp (Unit Amal) which has helped to keep order and security in past rallies.

PAS leaders have been debating whether the party should officially endorse and lend support to Bersih 4 after being shunned.

The only PAS leader formally invited by Bersih 4 to the rally is deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Tuan Ibrahim announced at a PAS committee meeting last Saturday that the party would attend Bersih 4 and will send two representatives to meetings – vice-president Idris Ahmad and the party president’s press officer Kamaruzaman Mohamad.

But Hadi appeared to override this, with a subsequent statement to clarify that PAS did not intend to mobilise its members for the rally, and would only send representatives instead. – August 11, 2015.

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Mass demonstration is about organisers projecting the sense of massive if not overwhelming support of the willingness of the public to take to the streets in support or against any particular issues out forth.

That had always been the game of the Opposition. It became more profound when then Deputy Prime Minister and UMNO Deputy President Anwar Ibrahim was summarily sacked from post on 2-3 September 1998 and he dramatised the opportunity to project him being victimised for the championing against a corrupt regime.

The ‘Reformasi’ movement was born within days and it had been the same engine to drive other mass demonstrations, which DAP and PAS found it convenient to join forces and optimise the opportunity.

It worked very well, that several series of Opposition-staged demonstrations such as BERSIH, BERSIH 2.0, BERSIH 3.0, Blackout 505 and many more.

The fact is that PAS had provided the numbers of the foot soldiers which enabled the Opposition to project the sense of aweness, when they take any particular field. They systematically organise trips for ordinary kampung folk to be shuttle into the target zone to make up for the numbers.

Their Unit Amal also provided crowd control and security, which was quiet effective.

Now the Opposition consisting of DAP, PKR and reminiscence of the PAS fall out are trying to take the field, without the support of the main column of infantryman. They might not get the desired awed effect they wanted, especially when on issues alone, Malaysians are over fed with gross over-politicking.

It is the Opposition which require the PAS main body and not the other way around.

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  1. BD

    Shift of focus in topics?

    At last a breathe of fresh air.

  2. In Rare Joint Statement, Academics Express Concern Over 1MDB

    • Very interesting.

      Spoilt a bit by the presence of long-known opposition fellows (who may not be members of Opposition political parties) like Azmi Sharom, Anil Netto

      • Forgot to say what was very interesting to me –

        that 80 members of the academia banding up giving their views on the need for a proper, unhindered and well-perceived investigation on 1MDB.

        Including asking Najib to go on leave for such an investigation.

  3. Patience is power.
    Patience is not an absence of action..
    rather it is “timing”
    it waits on the right time to act…
    for the right principles …
    and in the right way.

  4. What flabbergasts me is that these Bersih people do not follow the Peaceful Assembly Act in spirit and intent. Talking about an overnight stay on Dataran Merdeka preceding their planned 29 Aug rally.

    Even before discussing with the authorities – Dewan Bandaraya who owns that well protected piece of real estate meant for respectful national, Constitution-based, inspiring events and visits by tourists every day.

    Anti-Establishment protests cannot be included in those “national” or “inspiring” events.

    I do not understand, oppose and abhor the thinking of the organizers. They include lawyers who should understand the law. They become bold thinking that as lawyers they can always argue in court, therefore appear to be challenging the authorities, even provoking to be arrested and charged. Yet lawyers are supposed to be “Officers of the Law” and are expected to take suitable action when seeing people breaking the law.

    How else can they be interpreted as thinking or doing when announcing such plans without even saying such things as they hope to be allowed to do so or that they would ask permission from the authorities to do the overnight “vigil” at Dataran Merdeka.

    This election reform NGO allowed themselves to be “prostituted” by Anwarul Al Juburi by taking aboard issues raised by the Opposition parties since Bersih 2.0. And Al Juburi and other Opposition personalities joined in the illegal demonstration – the period before the Peaceful Assembly Act came into force. Such “vigil” night gathering or even assembly by the day should not be allowed at Dtaran Merdeka.

    • “discussing with the authorities” includes the Police. The Peaceful Assembly Act clearly states so. They have to notify the police well beforehand, discuss the venues for the Assembly.

      Only after the Police have agreed that the proposed assembly place would not adversely affect traffic flow, others earning their living, and other relevant factors, can they hold the assembly.

      The stadium is the best. Because a stadium is constructed only after such factors have been taken into consideration.

    • Bagus PAS tak masuk campur dlm himpunan Bersih tuh. Kurang kesan le. PAS suatu parti yang bertanggung jawab. PAS Amal pada umum nya mententeramkan keadaan. Tak tau le apa nak jadi Bersih berhimpun tanpa PAS

      • Now Marina Chin complains of ‘Hacktivist attack will jeopardise Bersih 4’. Bersih has warned that a planned cyber attack by Anonymous Malaysia will appear on the same date. All sorts of idiots are around these days.

        Anonymous Malaysia, a hacktivist group, announced that it will launch an attack on 150 government-related websites in conjunction with the Bersih 4 rally. They had expressed support for Bersih 4 and said the cyber attack is geared at forcing Najib to resign.

        “We do not condone, and must condemn the threats issued by this so called group of hackers who have misused Bersih 4’s campaign in order to further their own agenda, whatever that may be,” said Marina.

      • It’s a sad, cruel world these days. Migration all over the places in Europe by those running away from political, economic and religious suffering in Africa and the Middle East.

        And in US, Presidential candidate Donald Trump shouts out that if he becomes President, he’d pull the Russian and Chinese Presidents by the ears, simply telling them to do what he says. No explanation, no details on how he would make America great and their two adversaries kowtow to him, yet those voting in the primaries give him top votes among 16 Republican candidates. Imagine the idiocy.

        And in Malaysia we are told to simply believe the RM2.6 billion is a donation. What an utter “bullshit”, said Dr Mahathir.

  5. IGP said he will be calling the Bersih 4.0 organiser to discuss the rally. set to kick off on Aug 29. He said it in response to a press conference held by Bersih 2.0 confirming that its fourth overnight mass rally is set to be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

    “I have not yet received any letter of notification of the gathering,” he said. I agree with the opinion that it should not be at Datara Merdeka for reasons stated above. Otherwise there will be all sorts of anti-Establishment rallies held there and the place with such a dignified name will become undignified.

  6. Yes, the Oppos would be less effective on the streets and even at PRU14 without PAS, known for its good campaign network on the ground.

    But I like this comment by a supporter of past Bersih rallies who is sceptical about Bersih 4, published by MI –

    “We’ve been sending the government messages for years, and it has had little to no effect. I was there for Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 .. none of the demands for electoral reform were met and they achieved no real change.”

    Of the eight demands of Bersih 2.0, only two were partially met by the Election Commission. The reform of the postal ballot has seen a partial fulfilment with overseas Malaysians being given the access to vote for the first time at the last general election. The other was indelible ink.

    Now blokes are saying if Bersih is judged by its own stated demands and after 8 years of its campaign since the first Bersih rally in 2007, “yes, it has failed to bring about any substantial change and it should consider “closing shop” or rethinking its strategy.”

    I favour closing shop. Only a nuisance, mixing election demands with all sorts of Opposition political parties’ demands. Such that they are regarded as a platform for the Opposition. Now, who wants to appear to cave in to demands of the Opposition parties, can any one tell me.

  7. While all these idiot politicians do what they do best (basically screwing up just about everything, secure their grip on power, enrich themselves etc.), the Ringgit went passed 4.000 to 1 USD, and our reserve fell below USD100 Billion. Hip Hip, Hurrayyy….

    • You are trying to tell us you know better about the nation economy..? Then stop making us look stupid to believe you by giving us real facts and your genius solutions.! Hip, Hurrayy…

  8. If they follow the Peaceful Assembly Act fully, they are doing a peaceful assembly.

    If they don’t, they are doing mass demonstrations. If on the streets, it’s called street demos. What Anwarul Al Juburi likes.

    The Police and Dewan Bandaraya have not said specifically whether they have agreed to the rally proposed at the Dataran Merdeka. I agree the place should be reserved only for dignified kind of functions.

    • Watch out those trying to be funny when on a rally – Police will use drones in crime prevention and crowd control when a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones are deployed in the near future.

      • Source – The Sun Daily

    • “…..Sources in Kuala Lumpur say Najib has dug in his heels and refuses to entertain the idea of stepping down voluntarily. It is believed he has threatened to bring down other politicians and officials with him if he is forced out….”

      errr.. isn’t that’s supposed to be a good thing? weed all of them out.

      • At least he is right by not entertaining threats by thugs and idiots..!

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