This article is Retamil’s tribute to Bersih 4.0 and the previous Bersih rallies.
Okay, Bersih 4.0 has happened. Did it bring change? Not really. Did it create awareness. Yes.
On Bersih 4.0′s duration, Retamil’s associate Facebook page, Tamil Troll, posted a lot of updates. Yet, the response from Malaysian Indians were lukewarm. Unlike the response for Kash Villanz buttering Geethanjali G and neither for the LFS ticket girls commenting idly about JB and KL Indian boys. Maybe it’s because a good chunk of them went to the Bersih 4.0 rally. If it’s so, two thumbs up. If it’s not, time to correct your priorities. Anyway, this article isn’t gonna be caustic nor political, it’s gonna be awesomely Malaysian.
The funniest stuff that happened in Bersih 4.0 that speaks for Malaysians’ mind blowing creativity & sense of humour
Pak Arab & 2.6 billion donation check
This dude here literally killed it by dressing up like a sheikh. He’s mocking Ah Jib Gor’s claim that the RM 2.6 billion found in his personal account as donations from Arabs.
Power rangers late for Bersih and aunty selling can drinks at Bersih 4.0
Power Rangers isi minyak to go to Bersih 4.0 One makcik using humor to peddle her ware at Bersih venue, taking a jib at Najib.
Spiderman and Ultraman join Power Rangers at Bersih 4.0, covering for Power Rangers’ lateness
Spiderman and Ultraman also want Najib to resign wohh.. They came all the way from US and Japan to save Malaysia.
Bomoh finding out who gave Najib 2.6 billion at Bersih 4.0
The effort Malaysians put to push a point via humor is superhuman. This is because Malaysians collectively are a peaceful lot with unbridled creativity. If we are like the Thai and Arab Spring protesters, Najib would have been deposed by now. But we are not. That’s not our way, that’s not the Malaysian way.
Malaysians showing that they’re not ignorant anymore in a funny way
Malaysians are great at venting anger via humor rather than violence. We are a funny bunch, not a violent one, especially in the streets. Maybe even the armed forces know that after 3 consecutive Bersih rallies hence them not using tear gas, water cannons and heavyhanded approach in dealing with Bersih 4.0 rally goers which brings us to the next picture.
Cik adik mesra dengan abang polis
This one is really adorable, denoting that the police is not the enemy, corrupt politicians are the enemy.
Post Bersih 4.0 this Emo Protester meme emerges
This awesome Malaysian dude is currently going viral as his post Bersih memes are gaining attention. We have our own Willy Wonka. If you want to see the full collection of his memes, click on Belveen Singh.
The unexpected in Bersih 4.0
Mahathir turun. This was never expected. But, why Bersih even happened was because of Mahathir’s doing. Him coming to Bersih 4.0 is the story of pinch the child, then rock the child. But, since he is against Najib like all of Bersih Rally goers, it gave a morale boost. Yet, due to his attendance, Mahathir has been called in by the police.
Najib calling for everyone wearing yellow to be detained. But, PDRM missed the queen in Yellow. Including Najib. This was in Bersih 3.0
Police not responding violently. Perhaps the armed forces are tired of bullying the very people they’re supposed to protect. Or is it the home minister change (from Hishammudin to Zahid Hamidi) made a difference? Or is it Najib not wanting anymore international scrutiny than he already is currently dealing with? Your guess is as good as mine.
Finally, Bersih 4.0 was well organized, well arranged and mostly well executed – maybe experience in previous Bersih rallies helped shape up Bersih 4.0. Rally goers cleaned up after themselves and free meals were distributed by Bersih 4.0 organizers. Yet, DBKL is slapping a hefty bill to Bersih organizers for the damages incurred. When asked what damages were incurred, DBKL listed this.
Why Bersih is successful in our opinion
Well, first of all, Bersih 4.0 united Malaysians around the world like no any other government organization did. Your’s truly’s cousins who are in Luxembourg and London attended Bersih rallies there. The author is well and truly proud of her cousins who are so damn Malaysian even when not in Malaysia.
It felt like 3 days of Merdeka. Those who were saying Bersih 4.0 will ruin Merdeka celebrations failed to see when the cause is Malaysian, all Malaysians will stand up for the cause as Malaysians. We consider Bersih 4.0 the best pre merdeka event ever. If you went to Bersih 4.0 you have a helluva story to tell your grandchildren!
Malaysians standing up for Malaysians. Many lots tried to play racial cards to say that Bersih 4.0 is agenda Cina DAP to topple Malay government, since young Malaysian Chinese made up the majority of Bersih 4.0 goers. And, many refuse to be swayed, backing each other up regardless of race and religion.
Malaysians sticking to it. Many camped overnight, sleeping on the streets, with the night sky as their roof. Never did Malaysia see such a sacrifice on behalf of her ordinary Malaysians most of whom are young but incredibly passionate about their country. Forget Vijay and Rajini, these people are effing heroes.
We saved the best for the last. The most epic rendition of Negaraku ever on Malaysian soil. No imposition, no compulsion, no compensation. It’s just raw love for our country pouring out on the streets and we wanting the best for her and her children. No government organized gathering had such a Negaraku moment. This is history. And, please get a tissue. YOU WILL NEED IT. WE DID.
Roll in Bersih 5.0 Malaysia, anything for you. <3 <3 <3 <3.0