KUALA LUMPUR – November 23, 2016: Blogger Dave Avran has countered suggestions by Malay Mail Online columnist Terence Fernandez that the opposition bloc should not be allowed to hold an influence over the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or Bersih.
Avran, in his latest post at Spanking DA Monkey expressed disagreement with Fernandez’s opinion piece published by the portal yesterday because it doesn’t reflect the true relationship between opposition parties and Bersih.
Fernandez is of the view that Bersih should be considered a separate entity from the opposition bloc.
He highlighted problems afflicting the Bersih 5 rally on Saturday by blaming them on the influence exerted by opposition political leaders.
He further suggested that Bersih keep its legitimacy as a people’s movement by minimising the opposition’s influence.
“One can appreciate the mileage it gives politicians, but if they are serious about protecting Bersih and its organisers from accusations of being an opposition tool, the best thing to do is to back off and support from behind,” Fernandez wrote.
Avran has a different opinion.
In a post today, the blogger disagrees with Fernandez’s arguments by pointing out that the opposition parties have indeed taken complete control of Bersih and its rallies.
The blogger wrote that the opposition bloc has pushed Bersih, which is supposed to be an non-governmental organisation, to exercise its political agenda of ousting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and toppling the Barisan Nasional government.
“I agree with Terence. However, I feel that Terence has let Bersih off too easily. It is indeed crucial for Malaysia to move forward and Bersih should have pursued this in its rallies, instead of falling right into the opposition’s political agenda.
“When Bersih was formed, it was a coalition of NGOs with the advisory board being politicians of the opposition. The hijacking started when the opposition parties saw Bersih events as yet another platform to spread their agenda,” the blogger wrote.
“The bottom line is, you don’t demand for free and fair election while being flanked by opposition politicians. Bersih should stop the drama and register itself as a political party. Enough of the pretentious neutral NGO bullshit.
“Bersih may have started in the best interest of the rakyat (people), but today, it has deteriorated into an opposition political tool.”