FAILURE NOT AN OPTION
Following Time Magazine’s recent revelation that the opposition political parties in Malaysia have set up bases in Singapore to manage the logistics of ‘transporting and managing’ voters at the next general elections in Malaysia, newer and more disturbing information about a more sinister strategy and tactic of the opposition led by the sentient minds behind Bersih has begun to emerge.
It has been leaked that the diplomatic missions of Australia, the UK and the US have devised contingency plans for their citizens in the region for the period during and after the next general elections to be held in Malaysia this year.
According to an Australian embassy official, ‘it is a precautionary move’ which is ‘standard procedure’ advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra during elections in any of the countries of this region.
“Not so” according to a reporter from a foreign press agency familiar with the workings of the Australian mission in KL. The reporter is himself based in Singapore. According to his sources within the Malaysian opposition parties, he has it on good authority that the opposition in Malaysia led by Bersih and the Pakatan intend to take to the streets to agitate to bring down the Barisan government if the Barisan wins another term in office. They plan to agitate till any new Barisan government is brought down.
Agitation has been planned to take place in the main cities of the states of Penang, Selangor, Johor and Perak immediately after the elections if the opposition parties do not secure an outright win that they expect at the next general elections to be held later this year.
“It is a foregone conclusion in the minds of many of the small but highly vocal Malaysian opposition leaders that they will win government at the next general elections to be held in Malaysia” according to our source.
A Malaysian government spokesman when contacted on the leak would not comment beyond the point that ‘all precautions and contingencies have been considered by government and its security apparatus’.
The spokesman went further to say that government had been monitoring each of the groups who have a violent and disruptive agenda for the general elections. The government he said would take stern and swift measures against any conduct by anyone that would be deemed to be disruptive and a threat to peace, stability, law and good order.
THE OPPOSITION’S POSITION-WE SHALL OVERRUN
A group consisting of ” representatives” of 4 NGO’s, one from Bersih, one from each of the Malaysian Bar Association, a Christian clergyman and a former government servant all of whom requested anonymity met at a breakfast session in Kuala Lumpur with the writer on 12 February 2013 to discuss the political situation in Malaysia. All of them without equivocation admitted to the plans for street agitation in the event of a Barisan victory.
Each of them separately and in unison appeared to echo the position of the other suggesting that they had a ‘moral role to play’ in ensuring free and fair elections in Malaysia.
When asked by the writer what they meant by “free and fair elections” a central theme of their attack on the Barisan government, the member of the Malaysian Bar Association at the meeting volunteered a response as follows:
“if Pakatan does not form the next government, you will know that it has not been free and fair and we will agitate till Najib’s government and the Barisan falls. We have prepared press releases, media presentations and links to the ‘outside world’ via operational centres in Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok to take the message out that the elections were rigged”.
When queried about the validity of such statements and presumptions, the response from the Malaysian Bar Association representative was equally baffling:
“It is up to the government to prove it was free and fair. We have proved that elections in this country since independence, especially the last general elections in 2008 were rigged”. He further quoted Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan as being a “credible source of the proofs that the electoral commission is corrupted” and that the government of Najib Razak has made provisions to “rig the next general elections”.
OPPOSITION STATES SLUSH FUND THE RIOT
A more disturbing revelation made by the NGO’s at the above meeting confirms the long held suspicion that each of the states that is currently in opposition hands has contributed to a slush fund to be used to finance a media campaign and the agitation planned for the post election campaign of disruption reinforcing what Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan admitted to in a Malaysia Kini interview last year.