One of our friends from college got married yesterday (the Bride's reception) so I managed to meet up with 5 of my awesome college mates whom I have not seen for a long time - one of them, about 7 years. I had a great time catching up with the girls while Mr A sat patiently. Bless him.
The wedding was held at the Putrajaya Marriot Hotel. Beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple, definitely (apart from a couple of odd dances during the reception - samba? salsa? merengue?). We even had a personal waiter who looked more than happy to serve our table, especially one of our single lady friends with some minor flirting going on, if you get what I mean? ;) The wedding was a great blessing to the family as apparently the bride's younger brother also tied the knot this week. Two new family members in a week! Who would have imagined?
Now as for the 'cleaning' business (Bersih 3.0), here is my view. Quick introduction to those who are unfamiliar with this term - Bersih 1.0/2.0/3.0 refers to a rally, calling for clean (hence the name) and fair elections organized by the Malaysian political oppositions.
Admittedly, the initial intention is for a greater and fairer political scene. The problem and concern that I have with the activities is the negativity surrounding the scene - aggression, anger, despicable verbal (and physical) abuse, mudslinging and the disintegration within the society that results from all of the above.
Although I am hopeless when it comes to politics, saying 'I don't care about politics' isn't right either even if that is really how you want to treat the matter. We live in a civilized country so any internal problems that we might have should be dealt with in a more civilized manner. Petition, letter to the press - pressing on the issue, blogging, debate etc are only a few ways that the Bersih campaign could be done more 'Bersih'-ly. What greater outcome is going to be achieved from standing on the road that is blocked for other people who might need to use that route to work for example, chanting whatever it is until someone gets agitated and mayhem is created?
Don't even get me started on the youngsters who joined this rally. I would be really interested in hearing what they knew about the rally or if it was just 'to join the crowd' or 'I'm bored and have nothing better to do' sort of thing.
It's great if you have an opinion about something (who doesn't nowadays?) but if you want to stand your ground, perhaps you need to think about the most effective way to channel that opinion and get it heard by people. Not just the most convenient for you, but for the people around you too. If you really love your country, you would think about doing what is best for EVERYONE.