Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bersih 2.0 Sydney

On the ninth of July in the year of 2011, Malaysians from all walks of life regardless of ethnicity came out in full strength to show the world that they are no longer tidak apa with the goings-on in Malaysia. Likewise here in Sydney, I joined a group of passionate Malaysians in the second edition of Bersih:

While we were demonstrating our dissatisfaction through peaceful singing and speeches, we were also praying for our compatriots back home in KL, who were having a much harder time but who came out in extremely large numbers in the march of solidarity. I was especially worried for the safety and well-being of some of my friends, who I know were taking part. However, deep down inside me, I knew that they would be safe.

Watching the videos shared on YouTube and the photographs on Facebook made me have goosebumps. I was highly struck with emotion and awe. I take my hat off to the thousands of you back home who took the streets of KL fully aware of the potential risks involved.

I believe that today, we have shown what the true spirit of 1Malaysia really is like. 1Malaysia, after all, is all about national unity, is it not? So, when we really want something to happen, are Malaysians game enough?

If you ask me, today, Malaysia definitely boleh!


Anonymous said...

It would be even more commendable if you could fly home and vote at the upcoming general elections (anytime between now and 2013). Rallying is one thing, but it is pointless if it is not backed up with our votes.

Chrys said...

I agree with you, which is why I will register to vote when I go back home in October (so memalukan, right? only now I register). That way, I could still submit my vote from here!

Anonymous said...

M'sian overseas can vote from their host countries now? Are you sure? I did not know that.

Chrys said...

Yes, as absent voters but only applies to members of the Malaysia Armed Forces and their spouses, Malaysian civil servants who are serving abroad and their spouses and full-time Malaysian students abroad and their spouses. Since I'm a full-time student, I get to cast my vote through postal voting. I only recently found out about this myself.