Bersih Rally Malaysia: It is good to hear the King wisely said: “street demonstrations bring more bad than good although the original intention is GOOD“. That’s good remark.
According to The Malaysian Insider report, Umno politicians, including several ministers are upset by Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin’s decision to grant an audience to Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan last Tuesday.
Strangely, the King went ahead to meet Bersh 2.0 chairman Ambiga, even the Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Bersih rally had hidden agenda.
It is interesting to read former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott’s article “Running Scared in Malaysia” in the online Wall Street Journal (WSJ). He made some rather bold comments and accusations which will ruffle Malaysian government feathers.
This ex-envoy said that Najib Tun Razak has undermined the authority of the King, who gave Bersih and its concerns credence by meeting with its leadership and calling for a negotiated solution.
John Malott mentioned that this is the first time in Malaysia where the King has stepped into the fray to defuse tensions by calling on both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Bersih to resolve their differences in a spirit of harmony and co-operation for the good of the nation.
He said that the The United Malays National Organization (UMNO), of which Najib Tun Razak is president, is the longest continuing ruling party in the world, and now it is running scared. You can find out more of John Malott’s views over at the online Wall Street Journal site.
Risk Quote: “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.” – Soren Kierkegaard