[As the coordinator of Bersih 3.0 Singapore, I am writing this rebuttal to silly allegation and move by some people with insidious motive. Please read on.]
On April 28, we had a very successful Bersih 3.0 Singapore, in solidarity with patriotic Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur and various cities all over the world. Turnout was way beyond our expectations, in the region of 300 participants, especially considering the fact that a police permit for a gathering in Singapore was rejected and we had to travel all the way to Johor Bahru to gather.
Many Malaysians were awakened. Riding on the momentum and love for Malaysia expressed by the Bersih participants, we decided to conduct a polling/counting agents (PACA) training on May 19 for Malaysians who would like to volunteer on the polling day of the upcoming 13th General Election. So it was organised by patriotic Malaysians, attended by patriotic Malaysians, in Singapore. About 20 qualified Malaysian citizens attended and the training was a great success.
Then came the lowest form of exploitation by some individuals. It first appeared on a blog called MyMassa, in an article titled “Wikileaks! Bukti Persediaan Warga Singapura Kucar-kacirkan Malaysia Semasa PRU Ke-13″ (“Wikileaks! Proof of Singapore citizens’ preparation to cause chaos in Malaysia during GE13″). Not withstanding its misleading tag of wikileaks, it twisted the existence of the training event into proof of such a silly idea that “a large group of Singaporeans are coming to Malaysia to cause chaos during the GE13″. But there was absolutely no contact or verification of any sort from the author with us regarding the event, nor was permission sought to publish our photos in the website.
FACT: the training was organised by Malaysians, for Malaysians, ONLY. True, it was conducted in Singapore because that’s where Malaysians in Singapore live!
FACT: Polling and Counting Agents are legally recognised citizens who serve the country by ensuring clean and fair polling practices.
FACT: Not a single non-Malaysian was involved in this event, in any form whatsoever.
Faithful to their well-known modus operandi, the “fitnah” from the blog post was conveniently picked up by Utusan and turned into a news article. Then followed another blog post in MyMassa, ostensibly reflecting the call from a few NGOs, to protest in front of Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur this Friday (June 22).
And there you go, a group of ignorant or hypocritical Malaysians protesting “interference” by our friendly neighbour. It is an obvious attempt to turn Singapore into a bogey for political gain by these insidious people. (Deja vu, no? Ask Dr M.) It will hurt bilateral relationships if the Malaysian government does not handle it appropriately. And it has certainly hurt the genuine concern of patriotic Malaysians in Singapore yearning for a better Malaysia.