|pic courtesy of Apanama's Clean Stop or ..|
The last time I "walked" was in February last year, against some Aussie MPs who wanted Malaysia to stop the process of justice in this country. These MPs said the Saiful vs Anwar trial was a conspiracy, undemocratic, an injustice. Those who walked with us included KJ, the BN Youth chief, and Kamalanathan, who would go on to become an MP two months later, defeating PKR's giant Zaid Ibrahim in the battle for Hulu Selangor.
It was a small, peaceful protest.
Not what the organisers of BERSIH have in mind. The political party PAS alone has committed 100,000 bodies for this pro-democracy, formerly apolitical walk.*
Khairy and Kamalanathan should join forces again and match BERSIH, body for body, stride for stride. Let us have a healthy, peaceful contest of who can bring more supporters, make more noise, and leave the least litter. In the name of democracy, let's walk together.
* (I took part in the Bersih walk of Nov 2007 against the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi administration (also known as the Yellow march because everyone wore yellow in the hope that the Agong would be with us in spirit), which saw 40,000 or so protesters according to some estimates, where we were told no politicians would be involved but at the end, of course, Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, among others, appeared out of nowhere to steal all the credit. It was the start of a campaign that would end with the March 2008 general election).