#Bersihstories: ‘We are watching you’ – Nurul Ilham Anwar- London, UK

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.

Hidup Rakyat!

Hidup Bersih!

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9 Thoughts to “#Bersihstories: ‘We are watching you’ – Nurul Ilham Anwar- London, UK”

  1. Alan Newman. NZ

    RM33 million an hour! RM800m/day. Malaysia Chronicle: “For the first decade… Malaysia has lost a staggering RM1.08 trillion (RM800m a day) in illicit outflows which is the 4th highest in the developing world…The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reported in Jan that RM930 bil flowed out of Malaysia from 00 to 08. An economist at Morgan Stanley Singapore: Malaysia might have lost as much as US$100 bill since the early 80s to corruption (RM300 billion = 300,000 million).

  2. Alan Newman. NZ

    While the rural poor in Sarawak don’t even hv electricity, drinking water, an economist at Morgan Stanley in S’pore: M’sia might have lost US$100 billion since the 80s to corruption (RM300 bil = 300,000 mil).eg: Perwaja RM10 bil. Forex fiasco 90s RM30 bil. Bank Bumi RM10 bil. STAR-LRT bailout RM3.2bil. RM38.5 bil compensatn to hwy companies. Putra transp RM4.4bil. PKFZ 12 bil. Wang Ehsan RM7.4 bil. Bailouts of Airline RM7.9 bil. RM30bil with S’wak’s CM & cronies in 31 yrs…endless list.

  3. Alan Newman. NZ

    African Apartheid is rampant in Malaysia. It has neither transparency nor human rights, neither freedom of the media nor democracy. 99% of National Oil Petronas’ staff are Malays (only 50% of the pop’n – Wikipedia) ‘Bumiputra’. How can a race be treated superior to another, when they work the least. The crime of apartheid is defined by the ’02 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity”

  4. Anu

    I wish more Malaysians everywhere will learn to voice their concern and make themselves heard , you are great to be brave . I also wish people would understand that a fair government will not have so many opposition, but at least we can just voice ourselves and make much of a change as possibele.

  5. Alan Newman. NZ

    US$10 mil = RM33 million an hour! RM800million a day. Malaysia Chronicle: “For the first decade… Malaysia has lost a staggering RM1.08 trillion (US$338 billion = RM800million a day) in illicit outflows which is the fourth highest in the developing world…The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reported in January that RM930 billion flowed out of Malaysia from 2000 to 2008. An economist at Morgan Stanley in Singapore as saying that the Malaysia might have lost as much as US$100 billion since the early 1980s to corruption (RM300 billion = 300,000 million).
    Alan Newman, NZ.

  6. Alan Newman. NZ

    Malay Putrajaya only needed 6,008 votes but Opposition-held Kapar needed a staggering 112,224 voters for a member of parliament; 17 times more than Putrajaya. Deceit; gerrymandering; State-controlled media; vote buying; postal votes; useless ink, illegal immigrants etc boost phantom voters into multi-million names; public offices & machinery used to support votes for a gov’t that stole elections for some 55 yrs.

  7. Alan Newman. NZ

    Whoever or blocks BERSIH, Police chiefs, mayor…record their names, to be brought to justice, for obstruction of democracy, human rights & justice. In the eyes of the world, these are nothing but low-lives & crims; they are there because of the deception & evil of the incumbent gov’t. By int’l democratic standards, we call for the PM, KL Mayor & Police chief to resign or even to be arrested and tried for treason against the people, against human rights, fair & free elections & democracy.

  8. Tears roll down my eyes when I see the state of Malaysia.It is a rich country and it is very rich in diversity and culture.But then sadly, when one looks at the government it is not only not so rich , it is extremely poor in governance.It’s ministers have robbed the nation to fund their lifestyles for generations to come.I left the country 40 years ago, and I see the same apathy prevails.There is a brain drain in the country.No body cares to stop that.Race card is being played against one another to stay in power by corrupted politicians, fifty over years after it has matured.This is bad and unacceptable in todays world.I recall as different races we do not be grudge against each other for a having a little bit more, but we must work together to ensure we all have the same.The policticans do not want to see that happen.They are happy to keep us divided.This cannot be healthy for the nation.They are keeping loss making organaistions afloat in the hands of their cronies, rather thean use the natural talent to develop that loss making into a profit making.I see the apartheir that was once rampant in South africa in the whole systems of Malaysia.If we are to mature and develop as a first class nation, then change has to take place;hat gives to every citizens his due share for the sincere service to the nation.I stood afar and watched this, and now I see that I can no0 lionger stand afar and watch in silence.I am all for BERSIH!

  9. bersih, yip kam

    Bersih 3.0 showed that Malaysian is waking up and are not fearful to the “police = governemnt” anymore. As the general election is coming, but the rakyat do not know when will it be, we really call for clean and flair election. 50 years running by Barisan National, at first the Merdeka time was not wrong, the following elections were really mismanaged by Barisan National and they want to win each time. Thus they are trying to cheat the people. The so call Election Commission must regisn, this is what we want in the coming GE.

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