Suhakam's inquiry into Bersih 3.0 rally is still ongoing. After more than two months of fact-finding, most evidence are pointing to the police 'mistreatment' of the protesters and the loosening grip of the Home Ministry in engaging a solid tactical preparation to the face-off.
And of course, the 'video' which Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein promised to be made public a few days after the rally on April 29, is still nowhere to be seen, still 'lying' with a special committee appointed to view it.
About two weeks from now, we will be confronted with a similar rally. 'Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat' (HKR) or People's Uprising Rally on January 12 is expected to draw massive crowd and once again will make Malaysia a center of foreign media.
With or without permit, they will proceed with the rally inside or around the Stadium Merdeka. The city centre will see another massive jam when some roads leading to the venue are closed.
Among the leaders of the rally are activist Hishammuddin Rais and Mat Sabu of PAS. They are among those who support Bersih and took part in the rally.
Should the event proceed without permission, the streets of the
capital will again become the focus of international attention as major
civil society movements nationwide, along with PR parties and other
anti-government proponents, gather to demand a string of key issues
ahead of national polls.
Regardless of the political nature of the rally, the involvement of
civil society movements meant that the groups want their demands
delivered - from the scrapping of the Lynas plant in Kuantan, to the
promime of fair royalty payments to oil-producing states, free education
and a fair polls process, all this make them incline towards the opposition.
Opposition or not, we should chart a better strategy this time, especially in monitoring the rally and in avoiding any untoward incident.
What will Hisham KDN do to match Hisham HKR? Leave it to the police?
Bersih 3.0 was promised to be a peaceful one but it turned out to be the ugliest thus far. HKR too is a peacefully-planned demo but anything could happen when the protesters and the crowd, plus the police are ovecomed by their emotion.
All human factors must be taken into consideration here. If not, another ugly episode will erupt in our democracy.