"We have tried everything. We still believe in negotiations and that PSC can come up with its recommendations.Fighter cock words, don't you think?
"But ultimately, if these recommendations are not implemented before the next general election, then do not rule out Bersih 3.0,"
But it would not be unexpected. The Madam must reciprocate her most ardent supporter, Anwar, who said upon being acquitted, “Thank God, I have been vindicated. My focus now will be at the coming elections.”
We all know, of course, who Ambiga is - mother advocate of "free and fair elections".
For their common cause for free and fair elections, Anwar and Ambiga are the grandmaster and grande dame of protests.
I, been voting for every general election ever since I have been eligible and those who have also voted will wonder, how in the world do all these fair feathered friends come to be so sceptical of our elections?
Now before I proceed, Malaysians nowadays seem to be fascinated by all sorts of Malaysian rankings and surveys - 1st in this, top 10 in that, 100th here and second to last there, so on and so forth.
These rankings and surveys, international ones desirably to assume credibility, is a recent phenomena of sorts and a favoured weapon of choice in the political front, to demonise (by the opposition) or acclaim (by both sides), especially economic and democratic rankings.
Me, I take all these international rankings and surveys with a pinch of salt. You wonder where on earth do these institutions who come out with the results, get all the information from.
Has anybody been surveyed by any of these international institutions or seen a survey being taken or even heard of one being carried out?
Well alright, since the opposition and their die-hards view everything western as sacred gospel truth and for the purpose of this post, let's use two models to measure our democratic standing in the world.
For intents and purposes, I have taken the rankings of 3 other countries, for the benefit of personalities like our brother Anwar, sister Ambiga, and saudara DAP.
Freedom House - Freedom in the World 2011 (or here)
Freedom in the World applies one of three broad category designations to each of the countries and territories included in the index: Free, Partly Free, and Not Free.
A Free country is one where there is open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.I chose this Freedom House report just for the above definitions.
A Partly Free country is one in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. Partly Free states frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism.
A Not Free country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied.
Brother Anwar always has such praise for Turkish democracy and DAP for Singapore.
How does Freedom House find our country? Heck, no different than Turkey or Singapore - Partly Free.
Indonesia - Free 5, Turkey - Partly Free 6, Malaysia - Partly Free 8, Singapore - Partly Free 8. (Numbers are total score for ranking)
Yes, yes, Anwaristas are already frothing at the mouth pointing to Indonesia, another favourite of the Brother, often mentioned for praise for their democratic process. Hang on to your horses and kerchiefs.
Lim Kit Siang would probably die of a heart attack if he read something like this,
"Singapore, the pride of Chinese people all over the world - for it's economic miracle without natural resources, a country in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. A country that frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism."
Not I say, Freedom House said. Never mind, as long as got plenty money like China, right?
For me, I prefer Economist Intelligence Unit - Democracy Index 2011
Not because their gospel is more truthful but because this is my blog.
Madam Ambiga, you see, according to EIU there are only 25 countries in the whole wide world which are full democracies.
The rest are either flawed, hybrid regime or authoritarian, in descending order.
Malaysia at rank number 71 together with Indonesia rank 60 are similarly considered flawed democracies.
Anwaristas, there is my answer for you and your de facto leader.
Uncle Kit, for your kind info, Singapore is a Hybrid democracy and it is not complimentary classification.
Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, Turkey is also a hybrid democracy.
Brother Anwar, "Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has said that Turkey’s democratic reforms give the entire Muslim world hope for the future of the Arab Spring", stop the bullshit.
Here are the rankings:
60. Indonesia - Flawed Democracy, 71. Malaysia - Flawed Democracy, 81. Singapore - Hybrid Democracy, 88. Turkey - Hybrid Democracy.
What it means Madam Ambiga, is apart from these 25 countries, ALL the other countries of the world do not have free and fair elections.
While our elections may not be perfect, except for only 25 countries on this planet, no election can ever be.
All other countries, apart from the 25 countries, must be looking up to you as the inspiration for free and fair elections.
Madam Ambiga, you and your coterie of idiots at BERSIH, stop the bullshit.
While our authorities keep an eye on your dubious actions for the sole purpose to keep the law and order, peaceful protests are not off the security radar in free and fair US albeit for ulterior motives, their justification is strikingly similar.
An "Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street" for mother advocate Ambiga,
As Occupy Wall Street spread across the nation last fall, sparking protests in more than 70 cities, the Department of Homeland Security began keeping tabs on the movement. An internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street," dated October of last year, opens with the observation that "mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas." While acknowledging the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of OWS, the report notes darkly that "large scale demonstrations also carry the potential for violence, presenting a significant challenge for law enforcement."However, Madam Ambiga, should you carry out your threat, to unleash your legion of protesters upon peace loving Malaysians, be thankful our police force do not resort to measures which your favourite full democracy, the US, has no compunction to use.
"Dozens of cops equipped with shotguns and assault rifles stormed a Miami, Florida apartment building on Tuesday, drawing weapons at peaceful protesters and children with the local Occupy Wall Street campaign that were lawfully residing inside."
So if BERSIH 3.0 comes to pass, don't mind a little bit of tear-gas and water cannons.