Wake up, WSJ — Rupe Murdock
MAY 25 — Which is more dangerous? Being stupid or being ignorant? In the case of the editorial writer of the Wall Street Journal who said that Anwar Ibrahim should plead guilty and pay the fine for taking part in Bersih 3.0 instead of contesting the charge in court, I guess it is a combination of being stupid and ignorant.
I only hope that he or she has not been spoon-fed by some PR agency a la FBCMedia or Apco or the Caucasian man based at Bangsar Shopping Centre. (You know who you are!)
Back to the article in the WSJ, the Bersih 3.0 gathering was not about the Peaceful Assembly Act but fraudulent elections. So to suggest that Anwar should plead guilty to the Assembly Act and pay the fine as a gesture of civil disobedience is rubbish because those gathering on April 28 were there because of phantom voters, etc, not the Assembly Act.
Also the WSJ says that Anwar should not contest the charge but just pay the fine and challenge the government in the coming polls. Are they hiring primary school children at the WSJ these days?
Under Malaysian law, if Anwar is fined more than RM2,000 he cannot contest the election. And the election is not a fair playing field in the present state. Hence the Bersih 3.0 gathering.
Bersih 3.0 was never about the Peaceful Assembly Act but about election fraud. Next time, spend some time doing some research before you write.
Don’t simply regurgitate information derived from a PR fact sheet, provided by some highly paid PR outfit or the white man from Bangsar.
* Rupe Murdock reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.