Bersih 3.0 organiser should not blame the police solely: Tunku Abdul Aziz
KUALA LUMPUR: Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim who said the Bersih 3.0 organisers "are not a group of angels descended from heaven who are completely blameless", chastised them for allowing politicians to hijack the rally ended in violence last Saturday.
In strongly worded criticisms, the DAP vice chairman said the Bersih organisers should look at themselves first before being so quick to blame the police for last Saturday's violence.
Tunku Abdul Aziz also took the Bersih 3.0 organisers to task for not accepting the fact that any rallies would always end up in violence.
Speaking to The Mole Tunku Abdul Aziz said: “The Bersih organisers should take a look at themselves over what had happened and accept that there are substantial elements within the rally from people whose intentions were to create havoc and cause chaos as long as it is possible.”
“Instead of shifting all the blame on the police, they need to realise that they are at fault too. Besides, they are not a group of angels descended from heaven who are completely blameless,” he added.
The only Malay leader holding a senior position in the DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz also said: “Bersih leader must answer to this question - who allowed the rally to be hijacked by people with a political agenda?”
“I am not denying that there were people who participated in Bersih 3.0 that were genuinely asking for electoral reforms and expecting a peaceful rally. But as evident, there were people who thought differently.”
“Bersih 3.0 has lost control of their own agenda because their agenda was hijacked.”
Tunku Abdul Aziz also found it was totally absurd and unfair for Bersih leaders and politicians to solely blame the police for the violence that took place among protesters and the police.
He said: “Bersih leader should have realised that this is how it (Bersih 3.0) was going to end.”
“But since it has ended in violence, it is always the police who will be blamed for acting against unruly mob.”
Tunku Abdul Aziz broke his rank with Pakatan Rakyat and DAP leadership for his remarksagainst Bersih on Dewan Negara last week, saying the rally would only pave way for people to break the law.
The Penang senator whose decision to join DAP in 2008 was lauded by many DAP leader including its national publicity secretary Tony Pua, who once wrote getting Tunku Abdul Aziz, whom many regard as a towering Malaysian in the party as a big catch.
However due to his remarks aganist the rally, Tunku Abdul Aziz was called anembarrassment to the DAP by the party’s secretary general Lim Guan Eng.
The Molereported on Tuesday that DAP had no plan for any disciplinary action against Tunku Abdul Aziz.
Tunku Abdul Aziz who is a former vice chairman for Transparency International (Malaysia) also said he was not surprised with the alleged cases of police brutality.
“Police-bashing is a feature in almost all of demonstrations all over the world. I must say I was not particularly surprised to learn that it happened. After all, they (policemen) are human beings too.”
Not giving any excuse for police alleged brutality, Tunku Abdul Aziz however added, “the issue of police brutality will be highlighted by some people just to put the authorities in a bad light.”
“Never mind the fact that the police have worked since the night and before and showed complete restraint until the barricade was broken.”
“What’s more important to some is to show how bad the authority is.”