Thursday, November 08, 2007

What The Bersih March Means To Lulu - Part 4

I think most of you know how strongly I feel for the cause of the Bersih March.
What most of you would not know is that I struggled with my belief that God is sovereign and that from the bible, the book of Romans Chapter 13
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Do I attend the march, now that it is deemed illegal?
What do I, in clear conscience and knowledge of God's sovereignity do?

Slowly, God through other Christians have spoken to me.
Article 10 Subject to Clauses (2), (3) and (4) -
(a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms;
(c) all citizens have the right to form associations.
Article 32 (1) There shall be a Supreme Head of the Federation, to be called the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who shall take precedence over all persons in the Federation and shall not be liable to any proceedings whatsoever in any court.

The Bersih march is a peaceful assembly to meet with the Agong, God's appointed Supreme Head of this Federation.
We go in peace, with a noble intention, to return the citizen's right through fair and just elections. We are not going for the sake of overthrowing the present government, though they feel that way due to their own insecurities.
Bersih has made, and is still making, every effort to secure a permit even though the initial request is rejected.

A thought for you to ponder over
If the government requires obedience to a law that violates the higher law of God, it may be God’s will for the Christian to resist. Rosa Parks refused to obey a law that required African-Americans to sit at the back of the public bus. Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed many times simply for entering “Whites Only” areas of public places or for peacefully marching in protest to these laws.

and a poem [courtesy of Joshua3] for you to consider

This is the day that the Lord has made
for the people of this country
to show their love for this land

This is the time to stand up
and be counted
if you had enough
and you want to see change

If you have been praying for change
for a better fairer country
for your future
for your childrens' future
this is a day

This is the day to put feet to your prayers
to put your faith in action
to take the risk

This is the day Christians
can no longer just stay at home and pray
but to take the streets
to stand, to walk and to be in solidarity
with others who risk it all

IF you believe in a God that is Sovereign
that steers the heart of the King like river
Then stand with me
Walk with me
March with me
To the King

This is our nation
This is our land
Let's possess it.

I go with my eyes open, knowing that there may be consequences and repercussions.
If you are unable to go, or you choose not to go, I hope that you would pray for those of us who are there.
Thanking you ahead, thanks

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do I attend the march, now that it is deemed illegal?

No, unless you have a preference for free curry rice plus no-pay leave in the Kamunting Rest&Recreation Camp for Wayward Malaysians, courtesy of the sleepy CEO

Anonymous said...

The mullahs in control of this country are not interested in Romans Chapter 13. They would never allow protest marches which in the past had succeeded in bringing down Marcos, Suharto, Estrada, Thaksin and so on

orn said...

Better get yr pals to rig up lots of observation cameras. Your unhappy contenders will probably throw in a few spies & trouble makers to make u guys seem uncouth & unruly.

team bsg said...

We watch with high wonder how uncannily relevant your Blog's mission was/is in line with current political/social happenings. You seem to be spot on nostrademustic with the Final Prophecy coming to form. We shall await de red bow tie one coming Sat.No retreat no surrender

Anonymous said...

Dear Fellow Malaysian,

Do not follow them, TALK, TALK AND TALK Only but No Action.

The Lawyers had done their part to push for a clean and efficient judiciary.

Now we must do our part to clean the EC.

Many had posted in blogs all around venting your frustration, cursing these and cursing that.

Now we must show that we can walk as well as talk.

Join me and BERSIH on the 10th November 2007 for the peaceful walk and enjoy the the beauty around Dataran Merdeka and at the same time let the Barang Naik Party knows that we are not happy with the way they run our country.

I am from Penang and my computer will be shut down after this posting to start my journey to Dataran Merdeka.

FEAR NOT MY FELLOW MALAYSIAN. COME OUT IN FULL FORCE IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND AGONG.

We cannot just let a few brave ones to fight for us, we must support them.

pissed said...

The God inside of me wills me to go for the march. The problem is when I reach there I can forsee that the whole area will be cordoned off and I wont be able to even put my foot anywhere near the padang. Furthermore by wearing yellow, we will be sitting ducks for the SB thugs to spot, pounced on, whacked to a pulp before they dumped us onto their black marias. Please Lulu, what alternatives do I have.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm a Malaysian in Adelaide. Am following this event closely.I really feel bad I can't attend. I will pray for Allah's mercy and compassion to all those attending tomorrow.

This march is not to dethrone the current government, but to convince them how serious we are in pushing for a FAIR election.That's all. There's no reason for the authorities to stop this PEACEFUL rally. I am sure those who's attending will be civilized,civic,professionals and educated like Lu-Lu here.

Do post some review on the rally some pics in the future.

Anyway, BERSIH organizers have prepared an army of lawyers to defend any participants apprehended by the police.

fred said...

God willing, I will see you there :)

iamreallycoolone said...

On my first day of law school, My constitutional law lecturer told me this few words.: "everyone, and i mean everyone has their own hidden agenda." To which i replied rather confidently : "No, Not eveyone. I certainly don't." Without missing a beat he replied : "Yes, you do. Yu just don't know it yet."

Those word remained with me till this day.

A Mass rally, on its own, is a way to get the message across. A way to tell the powers that be that something is not right, and something should be done to address the same. I have no problem with that. Joining a mass rally and gathering peacefully to protest is one of the hallmarks of a great and thriving democracy. It is our right to do so, as enshrined in the Constitution. (Never mind that it's a qualified right.)

Having said that, one might want to do some soul searching and be really sure with one's real aim and intention in joining rallies, protesting, bending or breaking the law which one perceive,(rightly or wrongly) to be unjust. While i do not subscribe to Austin's view that the law should be obeyed at all cause, however i do appreciate the need for us to have laws in the first place. Law is there to be obeyed for if it is not, then it loses its use and that will be the start of instability and the end of Malaysia as we know it.

There's a lot of things wrong with the present government.Just as there are a lots of things wrong with other governments. (Believe i spoke with this friend from USA, and from the way he complains about his government, you would have thought thathe was from war torn dictator controlled Uganda or something.

Some important questions to ask oneself:

Is this the right way forward?

Would it produced the results that i want?

Am i allowing myself to be used as a pawn in the grand scheme of the political world?

Do i really know the basis of my disatisfaction ?

Am i really clear with my aim and what i propose to do?

More importantly, am i a potential Nazri, Badawi andthe rest of the bastards that is screwing our country.

I am by no means a fan nor a supporter of the present government.I don't have a lot of good things to say about them . But i don't see much difference with the opposition as well. One has to remember that all those buggers and their policies that we are protesting against, all of them were once like you and I, young energetic, idealistic and wanting to right the wrongs of this country. They were sincere. Now they are not. Would you turn out to be like them?

Yes. A lot needs to be done. But is the things one is doing really the effective way of doing it? Am one really sincere in doing what one perceive to be "for the goodofthe country" Anyone can claim that "we are doing it for the country". V.K Lingam did. What makes you think you're not another V.K Lingam in the making.

"No, i'm not. I'm sincere. No hidden agendas." one would say.

Of course you do. You just don't know it yet.

But if one is very clear on all points and is very sincere, then you are indeed a gift to his country andi salute you. You'll be a bigger man than me.And i admire the courage, the effort and the attempt.

Have a nice day.