We learn nothing from the past!
Have we forgotten how they accused the government, the Home Ministry, the police and pro-government NGOs of forming a cahoot to neutralise them? Or Home Minister and the IGP are ignorant of such a signal!
Remember when Ambiga and the Opposition accused the police of being brutal when trying to control Bersih 2.0 last year. The whole world was forced into believing that the government's atrocity easily matched what had taken place in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
I personally think we are over reacting in dealing with Bersih 3.0.
Why? because we glorified them. We sent and deployed trucks load of police personnel to the Dataran Merdeka. We publicised them to the extent of spurring them to feel like heroes, and that they were doing the right thing.
It was last week when Hishammuddin Tun Hussein told the Press that Bersih 3.0 is not a threat to national security. Even Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the same thing.
But then, why are we giving this 'special attention' to them, reacting in a manner that the country was 'under siege' by Ambiga and her followers?
Don't you know that this is actually what they want - being put under the police tight security so that both sides will be involved in counter-provocation before the lens of the foreign media?
Is this what we want too?
The crowd will go rowdy with the presence of police personnel. They will definitely provoke the police by throwing objects at them, stop their vehicles or taking them on for a fight.
They love to have the police near them. The whole idea is for the demonstration to get ugly. And of course its the police duty to put things under control. In doing so, there would be scuffles and once again, the police will be the subject of harsh condemnation - that they are very, very brutal!
I'm not sure whose idea was it but its really a stupid one, sorry to say.
Right from the very beginning when Bersih 3.0 was announced, there were suggestion and high-level recommendation for the government not to entertain them.
In other words, the mainstream media and pro-govt blogs and news portal impose a blackout on it. The PM and his Cabinet members too must not make unnecessary statement sbout it.
But a few publicity-craze ministers and politicians made and issue various statements for their political mileage. That's how the opposition began to love this few.
Why can't we just ignore them. Let them stage that sit-in protest at the Dataran or other venues. Aftet all, Ambiga has promised that it would be a peaceful demonstration. Should it turns ugly, we know who to be held responsible!
So, we fell into the opposition's mouse trap. Instead of deploying the police at a distant to monitor the demonstration, we sent them straight into the pit. What a rotten strategy.
Its Ambiga who would sought for police assistance should they are confronted by groups opposing her. Since they are not a threat to national security (right?), we should just deploy the police at a distant. Maybe some good cameras and CCTV are much better to record any untoward incidents.
However, here we are again, dancing to the opposition's tune!
Yes, we are the ones who glorified them, and that's how more people, especially college and university students were attracted to join the bandwagon. Its glorifying and full of fun and excitement.
Perhaps in Bersih 4.0, we should consider deploying (instead of the police) 50,000 army personnel together with their tanks and armored vehicles. Can we imagine and describe how happy Ambiga and the Opposition would be?