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Lessons learnt – rally can be peaceful, but unnecessary

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The Bersih 5.0 rally has ended on a fairly peaceful note despite the drama afflicting many parties in the run-up to the event today.

It was concluded in a large congregation in front of Petronas Twin Towers, here, at nearly 6pm, with no unwanted incidents reported.

This might be the first time for me to experience the rally on the ground by myself, but I would say that it was gratifying to see the participants finally adhere to their promise to assemble calmly, compared to previous rallies.

Those who talked to The Mole have reiterated that all they want is change to the government, but they would tried to convey their requests diligently.

For accountant Nur Syafinaz, 25, the society needs to play the role in bringing betterment to the country, and this could be achieved by showcasing their feelings at the streets in an appropriate manner.

Pensioner M. Zulkifli, 53, who is also a staunch supporter of Bersih rallies agrees. “I will continue to do this (assemble) until our economic struggles subside. But, I do believe that we should remain composed so that our words could be taken seriously.”

Another supporter, who wants to be known as Lat, 50, also concurs. “These people (protesters) are actually just frustrated with the current economic condition. They have no malicious intention and don’t want to cause any disharmony. Personally, I don’t like to do this (rallying), and most of us don’t want to be here, but we have no choice,” she added.

If we could learn something from these protesters, it would be their tenacity in wanting improvements to be made to the country’s socio-economic condition.

However, contrary to their beliefs, Malaysians do not actually need to go to the streets to achieve that.

Going out into the streets to protest can pose the risks of endangering other people’s safety and property should the crowd loses its control.

What really concerns many is the fact that protesting, if not addressed and contained properly by the organisers and the authorities, will gives opportunity for insurgency.

It should be noted that there are suitable channels that could be used to promote holistic change to Malaysia, and one of it is to focus on casting ballot during elections.

This may not be a popular choice among most of the informed populace at times, but it is still the best option compared to rallying on the streets.

Their energy and tenacity can certainly be channeled for a greater purpose, such as by doing the check and balance for both ruling government and the opposition.

All things considered, rallying is not a way to go. Change can and must only happen at the ballot box.

Nonetheless, I learnt today that the rally participants could be composed and have kept the city as serene and as clean as possible, which is good.

With this, appreciation must also be given to the police and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) for keeping the crowd in order today.

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Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

A budding journalist. Aside of struggling to understand Malaysian political scenario, she is inspired to study and fight for women's emancipation. Above the rest; she simply loves her nation.