First of all, I love my country, even though I'm currently living permanently in Australia for better career advancement. I pay attention closely on whatever happens back in my home country, the place where I originally belong, the soil that grew me up with multicultural blending and unique integration, that no one in other countries has.
On 28th of April, 2012, the Malaysians had expressed their dissatisfaction towards the current state of the country's administration - the government which has been in power for more than half a century. In order to behold their influential governing power in the country, the government had turned into a darker side by hiding more truths and executing "unclean" tactics behind the scene.
Having enough of all the dirty tactics to secure absolute winning in the next general election, the people had finally risen, demanding a fair and transparent election procedures according to the international standards; having international and neutral observants in polling centers, law regulations that ensure a just election process, non-politically bias election committee members, etc.
The sad truth is, the demands from the previous Bersih 2.0 demonstration had yet to be answered directly by the government and election committee, which was the other main reason that caused more anger in rakyat, by participating more actively in this year Bersih rally.
I participated in Bersih 3.0 rally in Melbourne this year, one of the 85 international cities which agreed to support in ending the unfair election procedures in Malaysia. Everything went on peacefully, with approximately 1250 concerned overseas Malaysians showing up, expressing their urge of this issue into international attention. Unfortunately this peacefully situation did not happen according to plan in Malaysia, the rally ended with provocations and conflicts among the protesters and law enforcement forces. The hidden mistreatment by law enforcers towards harmless citizens were revealed by international media, as most of the disgraceful local media chose to bias towards government by condemning the citizens, rather than showing the truth.
The most ironic truth was, law enforcers main duty is to protect their country's citizens from harm, by whatsoever means of their lives and properties. However, citizens were harmed and traumatized by the law enforcers instead of abiding to their sworn duties. We can see that the order was not present anymore, it turned out these law enforcers have become puppets of the ruling government in stopping the rising of dissatisfaction, by using legitimate force.
So what could we observe from this event that caught the international attention? The thirst of rakyat in reforming the current corrupted electoral system, the unity of all races among rakyat in guarding a better future for their country and later generations, and the revealing of the government's numerous dark secrets.
I respect those younger generations nowadays, who are absolutely aware of their country's current situation. Patriotism can be seen among, despite some of them who are still ignorant and playing with their Computer/Tablet/Smartphones everyday. It's not the matter of showing up in the rally or not, it's about the awareness implanted in your life principles - to fight for the betterment of your home country. It's such a disgrace if there is no a single bit of patriotism at all in your blood, after all the past that have made who you are today.
People, it's time to wake up, be aware of the situation, take the initiative to fight for your rights as a citizen, regardless of genders. In this 21st century, there is no such thing as women stay in the house and only men can concern about issues outside the house. Remember, whatever you have done today might affect what's happening tomorrow, or far most, your next upcoming generations.
Ask for a clean and just election, just like demanding a fair game in any competitions.