“Why Won’t You Let Me Vote?!” – Najib Drowned Out By Protestors At The Dome

“Why Won’t You Let Me Vote?!” – Najib Drowned Out By Protestors At The Dome

15 May 2012

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PM in the spotlight as protestors chant "Bersih! Why won't you let me vote?!"

The Malaysian Prime Minister got a flavour of genuine democracy, when he ventured onto the stage in London’s O2 Arena last night and was promptly drowned out by the sound of protest!

This is not something he would ever expect to have to put up with at home, in ‘the world’s most perfect democracy’, where BN’s events are brutally controlled.

Indeed, even in the UK it is not often that an audience is impolite to someone as senior as a Prime Minister.

However, it does sometimes happen when that PM has made himself extremely unpopular. Tony Blair famously received a noisy rebuff from ladies of the Women’s Institute back in 2000 and last night it was Najib’s turn to be overwhelmed by the chant of “Bersih, Bersih”, as he made his speech.

“Can you please stop it?”

According to attendees, the audience of around 500 people was already fairly disgruntled, after arriving at the Dome and discovering themselves in the dark chewing unappetising sandwiches and spring rolls.  The poor quality of the refreshments may have saved money, but were a poor reward for those who had been bussed in from as far away as Edinburgh!

The protest was clearly pre-planned and extremely predictable.  Many believed that the lack of light was an attempt to hide it as much as possible.  If so it didn’t work, as numerous videos have recorded the event.

Cosy chat - but instead of staying as promised to "mingle" the PM dashed off early!

The moment the PM stepped onto the podium, under a single dazzling spotlight, the chanting began from a small but extremely loud group!

Others from the audience said they had felt intimidated by the strong presence of Special Branch officers, who had been taking photographs of the people there and recorded the personal details of people arriving.

However, many laughed and took pictures of the braver protestors.

Bersih demands in London

How did Najib ever imagine he was not going to face something like this at a public event in London?  Malaysians abroad are furious at the refusal to prevent all one million of them from being entitled to a postal vote, which is allowed to people in other countries across the world.

At first, the PM tried to carry on, talking on some theme about a train having left the station and him wanting all Malaysians to be on it (despite it having already left).  However, Najib soon wilted and gave up against the din:

“Can you stop it?” he pleaded rather timidly.

“Bersih! We want our vote!” retorted the chanters, getting louder!

“Can you PLEASE stop it” the PM asked, even more desperately, “I can talk to you about this afterwards”, a suggestion that was met with laughter.

Having left early, the PM was later spotted eating in a restaurant with safer company!

Eventually and after a few more attempts by the floundering PM to take control of the situation, the noisiest protestors were finally strong-armed out of the Dome by security guards.  Najib carried on with relief and boredom descended once more, as he got on with delivering the rest of the speech.

If this was meant as a PR event for the PM it will have done his image little good, either as a strong leader or as a reformer and democrat.

Once again the main message that got out was that it is time for Malaysia to respond to the Bersih movement and clean up its elections.



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  • aborium

    While we’re busy with our daily chores, I wouldn’t venture to guess how many of us Malaysians are keenly aware that of our nation’s future is literally hanging in the balance. Though its fate maybe decided at GE13, there is little to cheer about when the national debt has reached a threshold level and slight nudge may push us down deeper into the sinking hole.

    And with EU countries feeling the crunch where it hurts most -the Euro Dollar – it’s going to be a rough ride for us in the coming years. When the issue of a nation’s survival in a global downturn is downplayed, you get an uneasy feeling that the worst has yet to come. How prepared are we?

    Yet, we spend as if there’s no tomorrow. This is the people’s money we’re talking about, not our personal money, though ironically a few individuals may find it most convenient to conflate the two for personal gains. Can we survive the downturn? How? When? Why? And where are we heading?

  • Imam Pinochio

    Spot the difference of these 2 vidoes HE! HE! HE!:

    1. Bill Clinton video – “I Did Not Have Sexual Relation With That Woman…Ms Lewinsky…”

    2. Najib video – “Saya bersumpah atas nama Allah S.A.W tidak mengenali wanita itu…”


    Video Youtube:

    Title: Najib Bersumpah Dalam Masjid Tak Kenal Altantuya

    (Najib swore at mosque of not knowing or met Altantuya)

    Duration: 2min 10sec


    On 22 August 2008, Najib swear in the name of Allah that he had never met that murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya. Place : Guar Perahu Mosque, Butterworth. Thank you to melayuohmelayu.


    Video Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiIP_KDQmXs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otBFsw3O8VA

    Title: Clinton, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…

    Duration: 25sec


    Clinton denies the Lewinsky affair but later admitted it