Our plans to go to KL this weekend is put on hold because of the much publicized rally by Bersih 3.0. From what I have gathered, despite two previous Bersih rallies and knowing how the authorities tried to counter them unnecessarily and unsuccessfully before, nobody can tell how this rally will turn out.
The Home Minister tried initially to downplay the event and described it as not a security problem. Yet, he is leaving it to the police to do the necessary, after offering alternative sites in stadiums and disallowing specifically Dataran Merdeka! Isn't that confusing? I can still remember the offer of stadiums before Bersih 2.0 rally and it turned out to be hollow as the managements refused. But this time round, the Mayor of KL is acting like he is Boss of KL by threatening the demonstrators that they will face the music if they insist on using Dataran Merdeka. The police has closed off the area for 48 hours starting from 6 am this morning.
The irony of the event is that the name 'sit-in' is so harmless by itself, but the sheer number expected (anything from 10,000 to 100,000) would make KL congested with vehicles stuck in traffic jams and people. One thing for sure, this would create traffic jams around KL, especially at all entry points. That the cue is because the demonstration is against the prospect of the most dirty general election of all time, I am expecting an unprecedented crowd out to show the BN leaders that they are taking the complaints seriously, and that their so-called reforms are just cosmetic a la Najib.
Incidentally, Adrian Ng has come out with three designs shown in Loyarburok (one is shown below), which are based on the initials DBKL...
The other two are Duduk Bantah Kuala Lumpur and Duduk Bukan Kecoh Leh.
Again, we are left wondering if only the Home Minister and Police... and the Mayor (who is he but a political appointee unpopular in KL?) would just allow it and provide necessary support in controlling and directing traffic for a few hours, will it be better than what we are going to expect from confrontation again?