It will be interesting to see how many Malays and East Malaysians turn up for the Bersih4 rallies in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Previously, the Malay turnout was made up of mostly PAS and Parti Keadilan Malaysia (PKM) supporters. They may still attend but if a good number of Malays and East Malaysians attend on their on free will, without compulsion, and that number is more than in previous years, it means more and more Malays and East Malaysians are fed up with the current state of political affairs and are willing to say so. That’s a good sign.
Frankly, only the Malays and the East Malaysians combined can stop the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN). If they turn up in droves at the Bersih4 rally, it is a clear indication that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s mandate is splintering or has splintered. While Bersih4 may not be able to unseat Najib, a record number of Malays and East Malaysians at the rallies would send a clear message that their support is not guaranteed, which means the BN might lose in the next general elections.
It really is in the hands of the Malays and East Malaysians as to whether they want to maintain the status quo or change to herald a new political culture where democratic institutions are strengthened and function independently without fear or prejudice and where the excesses and selective application of the law as we have seen in the the past and present are proscribed by law.
It’s going to be an interesting weekend!