27 April 2012
Having both your parents as politicians gives you little option to not get involved in politics. I am very critical of the government and its administration but nevertheless, I grew up always believing that Malaysia is such a rich country with countless potential to be great. The current situation however is far from what I feel Malaysia could and should be.
The fact that we have to demand the most basic of rights from our government clearly shows that some things are very wrong. Therefore, I decided that I was going to do what is right and demand what is mine. So I joined Bersih 2.0 last year while I was in Malaysia, and the experience was unbelievable.
It was two weeks before my wedding when I rallied alongside the Pakatan Leaders and Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan at Bersih 2.0. We marched from KL Central towards Dataran Merdeka and not even 20 minutes into the procession, the FRU police started shooting tear gas at us. We were in a tunnel and the FRU police officers trapped us by shooting from both ends of the tunnel. As I ran I could feel the burning sensation in my mouth and into my lungs. I looked around and saw people coughing and running in all directions. Finding the will to go on, I managed to find a way out and rested on a pile of wood at a nearby construction site. There were kind individuals who handed me salt and water to take in order to neutralise the acid smoke I inhaled. Despite all the strain and hardship, I was amazed at the people’s determination and support they gave that day. I vowed to continue with this struggle along with my fellow Malaysians or anyone sharing the belief, no matter where I am.
That is why I am definitely joining UK Bersih 3.0 in London this Saturday 28th April. I want my voice to be heard and I demand my rights to be given. Even if it were just my husband and I standing in front of the Malaysian High Commission, I know that being there will have an impact and will show the government that we are watching them. We are not asking much from the government, only a few demands that would mean Freedom for the Rakyat.