This weekend marks the next National Day (Hari Merdeka in Malay) for Malaysia as we go into another period of celebrations and festivities. Coming in second this weekend also marks the fourth Bersih 4.0 rally for the locals as we fight for the rights to have clean and unbiased elections. Obviously that’s not going to happen as corruption is high in many other nations, not just ours.
Malaysians have been warned to prepare for an “explosive weekend” as the clash between the political parties and the freedom fighters are bound to get high and mighty, and quite possibly unruly and out of control. The National Day celebrations will go on as planned, and so will the rally. The police have issued warnings to the public that the rally may go on as planned, but people are expected to act rationally and not turn the day into a chaotic mess or be punished for their behaviours.
Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians will take to the streets to celebrate this year’s National Day, while the rest will take to the streets to call for free, clean and unbiased politics. It’s hard to say who will emerge victorious this weekend, but I hope that everyone can have their share of fun and laughter in unharmful ways.
Prior to the weekend, many political affiliations and respective authorities have condemned the rally as it was deemed as “prejudicial to the nation” and “likely to cause unnecessary uproar” among the locals. The politicians want business as usual (BAU). The authorities want total control over the whole issue. The public want the country to be rid of its current free-falling currency situation. Everyone wants a piece of something but nobody is willing to compromise. Let’s just hope that everyone can play nice. I won’t be around during the entire weekend so when I come back, I hope the country still exists.