10:11AM Apr 26, 2012
In the ninth ‘Middle Malaysia’ podcast, media consultant Oon Yeoh has a special Skype conversation with a trio of Malaysians living in Atlanta, United States, who are organising the Bersih gathering over there.
Gary Tan, Jamie Koh and ‘Batman’ Lim, who met one another in the US through a summer internship programme, had all witnessed Bersih 2.0 from afar, and were both inspired and motivated by what had happened back home. So, when Bersih 3.0 was announced, they decided they had to be a part of it.
It hasn’t been easy though. It’s the first time they are organising something like this. But with encouragement and advice from Bersih coordinators in other major US cities, they are putting it together. They are hoping to get around 50 people for the Atlanta gathering.
Gary, Jamie and Lim share with us how they keep in touch with Malaysian news and political developments. Not surprisingly, it’s not through the websites of mainstream media.
And, they share with us what they individually think will be the outcome of the upcoming general elections. Interestingly, all three give differing views on this.
The Atlanta group is just one of around 70 committees around the world which are organising Bersih events to be held in their cities on April 28.
They provide us with a glimpse of what it’s like for Malaysians living abroad, who still love their country and who want to do their bit to raise awareness about the need for reforms and change.
Listen to Gary, Jamie and Lim in this 12-minute podcast.
Podcast 1: Tian Chua, Batu MP
Podcast 2: S Ambiga, Bersih coordinator
Podcast 3: Kee Thuan Chye, author and playwright
Podcast 4: Teresa Kok, Selangor senior exco
Podcast 5: Wan Saiful Wan Jan, CEO of Ideas
Podcast 6: Lim Guan Eng, Penang CM
Podcast 7: Maria Chin, Empower chief
Podcast 8: Liew Chin Tong, Bukit Bendera MP