What was it for again, Dato’?

Dato’ Marina Mahathir recently wrote a poignant piece about her experience with the Bersih protest here. She wrote movingly about how she and her friends had a nice cup of coffee at Starbucks and then went on a pleasant weekend stroll. And about how young people with yellow ribbons danced and ate ice cream while others soaked in the carnival atmophere.

I guess in all that excitement and all that touching humanity, she must have forgotten to narrate one insignificant little detail – how she and her comrades made their demands for the government to clean the electoral roll, reform postal ballot and use indelible ink known to the world. That must have happened surely, mustn’t it? After all, wasn’t that what they were all there for?

Strange, isn’t it, that in a 2,000 word ode to an illegal gathering, there was not a single sentence, nay a single word, about what that gathering was supposed to have been about.


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