It’s the eve of the Bersih 4.0 march for free and fair elections, and tensions are ratcheting up.
The government continues to declare Bersih 4.0 “illegal“, while Bersih supporters insist that the government has no right to do so. After all, they had already given them the requisite 10-day notice, as well as complied with the requirements of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
Although many Malaysians are eager to exercise their civil right to march peacefully in support of free and fair elections, they fear that the government (and their supporters) will attempt to disrupt the Bersih 4.0 rally with acts of violence. Their fear isn’t baseless. After all, we have seen government officials cooking up stories about the Bersih rally, and calling for Malaysians to “stop them“.
Today, Kimberley William was walking around the Pasar Seni / Petaling Street area when she came upon these posters. Plastered on the walls, they show a silat warrior beheading a Bersih supporter, with the following threat :
Cina Turun Bersih, Sedialah Bermandi Darah!
If you don’t understand Malay, that translates to :
To the Chinese who join the Bersih rally, get ready to bathe in blood!
The imagery is similar to what ISIS / ISIL have used in their propaganda posts and magazines. They do not want you to doubt their savagery. They want you to know that they won’t just kill you. Even if you are down on your knees, tied up and defenceless (as is shown in the poster), they will not hesitate to behead you.
Interestingly, these posters target the Chinese even though the majority of Bersih marchers are actually Malay. Their idea is probably to drive a wedge between the Malays and the Chinese. It is a crude attempt to turn what is merely a reflection of the common desire by all Malaysians for free and fair elections into a race war.
If you are going for Bersih 4.0 tomorrow, don’t let these threats get to you. This is our country. It belongs to all of us. No one has the right to tell you where you can or cannot walk in your own country.
We would like to thank Kimberley William for her contribution. You can find her original post here.