Malaysia’s Bersih & Human Rights


Batons, shields, water cannons, tear gas and hostility. The outrageous and violent attitudes of the Malaysian government and the police towards Malaysians hoping to exercise their human rights in peaceful demonstration has not broken the spirits of the people.

Such an extremist crackdown will further diminish the government’s iron grip over Malaysians. Honestly, the protests will help the building of democracy, as with the downfall of the government’s reputation, Malaysia will finally (hopefully) be on track towards real change.

Let’s watch, read, learn and participate in this exercise of human rights. Let us not forget the hardship endured by many other South East Asian countries. Let us actively be part of Change.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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