BERSIH 5.0 Rally is set for Saturday 19th Nov 2016 and this time, it will be held at Dataran Merdeka. If you are new to BERSIH, it is a coalition of non-governmental organisations which seeks to reform the current electoral system in Malaysia to ensure free, clean and fair elections. To those who will be participating in the rally, the following list of items would be essential for you to bring along, basing on our experience from the previous BERSIH rallies and also the different circumstances this time around.
1) Rain Coat or Umbrella
Malaysia is blessed with awesome tropical climate which brings both sun and rain all year long. However, according to the weather forecast for this Saturday, rain is expected. We strongly recommend you to bring a (yellow) rain coat or an umbrella just in case it rains during the rally. Umbrella would be useful for self-defense if the red shirts and orange shirts launch an attack.
2) Glasses or Goggles
With the possibility of tear gas being released, please only wear your glasses and not contact lenses. Of course there is another safer alternative for eye wear which are goggles, to protect your eyes from tear gasses if they were to be thrown towards you.
3) Small packets of salt
During the previous BERSIH rallies, it was common that tear gasses were used. Bring small packets of salts to neutralize the effects of the tear gasses and to avoid chocking. Tear gas are usually release in the form of a grenade. Do not panic when you see it, try to get away from the grenade and if possible to a higher ground. You can use wet wipes to help ease the pain on your eyes as well.
4) Identity Card (IC) and some cash
Remember to bring your Identity Card (IC). You would definitely want your IC to be with you if you happen to be stopped by the police. Also do not bring too much cash with you. Your wallets and purses are not needed and you could lose them easily in a big crowd. RM200 should suffice.
5) Towel and extra T-shirt
It is quite expected that things might get messy in view of the weather and counter-protest by the red shirts. Bring a change of T-shirt. We will obviously recommend you to go with the theme of BERSIH which is Yellow! Towels are essential to protect your eyes or cover your nose if you are expose to any chemicals or gas.
6) Mineral water or Isotonic drink
Bring along mineral water or isotonic drink to avoid dehydration. It is also advisable to bring some food along such as bread or some fruits such as banana. Remember to dispose all your wastage and throw them in the bin. Since it is a BERSIH rally, please keep everything “bersih” as well.
Bring all your necessary medication such as inhalers, insulins, etc. There are going to be a lot of people in the rally. As previous BERSIH 4.0 rally had more than 200,000 participants (according to the figures from BERSIH), it would be quite hard to seek for medical attention with such a large group of participants.
8) Handphone, Powerbank & Digi
Remember to bring your handphone for emergency purposes. With handphone, you can upload and update the social media on the current happenings. If you are lucky, you can capture the Red Shirts performing Silat. Bring a powerbank to avoid having a dead phone. And perhaps use Digi because of the colour!
Last but not least, if you are going for the rally, bring with you your "Semangat"! Be clear why you should participate in the first place and make your attendance count if you think Malaysia needs to be "cleaner". Malaysia Bersih!