Bersih activists claim they want what's best for the country, but blogger Hantu Laut says they're only looking out for West Malaysia. (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Anonymous Sabahan blogger Hantu Laut says Bersih and other demonstrations (namely the recent anti-LYNAS protest) are a West Malaysian phenomenon, and that they are the wrong way to bring about real change:
In Sabah, my home state, I joined the chorus of oppositions to the proposed coal powered plant because the NGOs that spearheaded the movement was truly independent and apolitical, organised by ordinary Sabahans, out of concern for their environment and the future generations.No politician was in any way involved with the movement. We managed to convey to the government our gravest concern for the health of the people and damage to the eco-system if such dirty and polluting plant were to be built in Sabah. We have other alternatives of much cheaper and cleaner source of energy which can be used. Sabah has plenty of offshore natural gas which could be harnessed into powering the power plants. The Federal government is giving us raw end of the deal. They knew it, we knew it.
We did not go to the streets to show our displeasure with the government, we used other avenues to channel our frustrations and objections.We used our elected representatives, organised seminars to bring awareness to the people and used the Web to spread the message to a wider audience.
We won. The Prime Minister personally killed the project and replaced it with gas-powered plants. At least, whatever evil you spoke of the man, he listens and stands to reason.
We, Sabahans, do not understand the mentality of West Malaysians, where they should show real concern they simply do not take any interest to set it right.There are at least 4 coal-powered plants in West Malaysia and there was not a single squeak from these people who proudly called themselves activists, some even consider themselves as elite activists and public intellectuals, which again is a very West Malaysian thing, giving credit to themselves for insignificance and insubstantial.
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