YB Khalid Samad vs YB Nasharudin Mat Isa On Bersih 3.0?

Last Wednesday (23rd of May 2012), a press conference was held by the opposition party in front of Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan’s (Bersih’s chairman) house to show their support and sympathy for Datuk Ambiga(Traders stage ‘burger protest’ in front of Ambiga’s house and Group protests in front of Ambiga’s house).

Among those who were present was YB Khalid Samad (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Central Committee and Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Shah Alam, Selangor). Speaking to the reporters that he stressed that:

That is a justified demand (Bersih 3). It is a demand which we look upon as something which is an act of goodness, a sign of piety. Muslims who are involved in such a programme, fighting for clean and fair election, for us, we understand it as an act of amal soleh, or a good act.

-Agenda Daily 23rd May 2012 Sejenak di rumah Ambiga: Luah rasa seorang wartawan…

Ironically, on the 22nd of April 2012 (six days before the Bersih 3.0 rally), former Vice President of PAS, YB Nasharudin Mat Isa, made a statement at the Wacana Kemungkaran LGBT- LGBT MENGUNDANG BALA ALLAH, that based on a fatwa by Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi(a world-renowned Muslim scholar), Muslims are even forbidden to eat and drink together with the practitioners and supporters of the practice of LGBT; therefore it is haram to join the Bersih 3.0 rally since the rally was led by Ambiga who is a LGBT fighter. Wacana Kemungkaran LGBT- LGBT MENGUNDANG BALA ALLAH was organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT).

So now we have two different opinions from two different PAS leaders regarding Bersih 3.0 rally. So whose opinion is right and whose is wrong? Let us go back to the leaders academic background. YB Khalid Samad studied Fuel and Energy Engineering while YB Nasharudin Mat Isa studied Islamic Studies and Shariah law. Since we are referring about ‘right or wrong’ as in Islam, it seems like YB Nasharudin Mat Isa’s opinion on the matter is more credential than YB Khalid Samad’s. Further more, YB Khalid Samad had reportedly opposed to a Selangor shariah law that prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”.

PAS members have two totally contradictorily opinions from their leaders regarding Bersih 3.0. So now, who should they listen to? And why can’t their leaders agree on the matter? Or does that means that there are at least two different camps in PAS?

So for PAS members, this may not only caused them a headache…but worse a heart-break if this is really a sign of a split in their party.

Another video of the Bersih 3.0 demonstration

Here’s another video of the Bersih 3.0 demonstration….

We can see that even since before the FRU sprayed tear gas the demonstration had been chaotic…

The photo below clearly shows that the FRU had no choice but to spray the tear gas because the water cannon did not seems to be able to put things under control as shown at minute 7:20 of the video… I cannot understand how anybody can still blame the police for spraying the tear gas to the demonstrators after watching the video?

I read an article in MalaysiaKini which claimed that a police car intentionally hit Bersih 3.0 supporters while driving towards Dataran Merdeka near Sogo… According to the article, the incident caused a Bersih 3.0 supporter to bounce up onto the car… But obviously, at minute 08:20 of the video, we can see that the Bersih 3.0 supporter purpposely climbed up onto the car to attack it… And the car accident was the result of the Bersih  3.0 demonstrators attacks on the moving car.

Another Bersih 3.0 supporter climbing up onto the moving car…

 Was it a ‘monkey’ that was jumping on top of the police car?

Bersih 3.0 supporters even jumped into an ambulance and attacked a police inside(the ambulance) while the paramedics were helping the victims of the police car crash at Sogo as seen at minute 09:32 of the video.

What is Bersih 3.0 fighting for?

I received two comments for my post, ‘Bersih 3.0… A peaceful demonstration?’ saying:

were you there AA … why are you lying about things you did not see….everything was peaceful until police started gassing people…peaceful marchers….you are typical BN …just put your side of pictures on the media…LIARS..I was there. The police were the thugs.”

“Tell us why a police car ran into the crowd …a boy has been warded because of this….how dare you twist the story…how much did they pay you?”

Please read: ‘We would have stayed peaceful if they haven’t sprayed us-Bersih 3.0 supporters.’ I wrote the above post to answer the above comments with video showing what happened before and after the incident.

Those comments really caught my attention. I am not a Barisan Nasional (BN) member; infact I am not even a BN’s supporter (after what happened, nor am I a Pakatan Rakyat’s supporter, either). I did not write the article (or any other articles) on BN’s instruction. I am just writing my point of view about the demonstration as a peace loving citizen of Malaysia. So, why should BN pay me? It is sad that there are people who sacrificed their time, comfort and safety to join a street demonstration to fight for a clean and free election when they actually do not understand what is freedom of speech. Now it makes me wonder, what exactly are the demonstrators demonstrating for?

The police were the thugs???

I also want a clean and fair election, even though I am not eligible to vote at 14 years old. Bersih is free to fight for a good cause but my complain is, why must they held a street demonstrations and disobey the law? And after looking at how the crowd provoked the police on the night before the event, I asked myself if all the demonstrators really wanted Bersih 3.0 rally to be peaceful? Please read: ‘Bersih 3.0:In Videos-Police Brutality/Video Keganasan Polis?’  

I was accused as a ‘typical BN’. So, for some of the Bersih 3.0 violent street rally demonstrators, those who do not agree with them are the ‘typical BN’ or paid by BN. And anyone who is sensible enough not to support the violant acts done by the demonstrators are BN supporters? Even my little brother understands that, ‘matlamat tidak akan menghalalkan cara’, Please read his blog post: Bersih 3.0 Violence – The End Justifies The Means? Odd… I thought that they are demonstrating for a fair and clean election and not for ‘Anti-Barisan Nasional’. Or are BN’s member right when they claim that Bersih 3.0 is actually the oppossitions’ rally?

Now, what did those plants do to justify their conditions after the event? Are they supporting BN or did they help BN and SPR to cheat in the past elections? Or maybe they are PDRM’s agents who provoked the demonstrators that started the riot; I wonder….

A fair and clean election means no cheating during the elections. If they claim that BN cheated in the pasts elections, so why did the opposition party that was accused to cheat in their own party elections by their own members and ex-leaders was also leading the rally? If the PR leads the country, can we be sure that all the elections are clean and free? But for some Bersih demonstrators, no other political party cheats but BN; so those who were not satisfied were paid by BN…….

So what exactly is Bersih 3.0 demonstration was all about? A fight for a clean and fair election… or was it an ‘Anti-Barisan Nasional’ demonstration?

Please click here for more pictures of the Bersih 3.0 street rally…

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