In Bersih 2.0 (July 9th, 2011), yellow Bersih 2.0 T-shirts were outlawed. There were also reports of people arrested or harassed just for wearing yellow. Almost 10 months later, Bersih 3.0 is in stark contrast to the previous event. This time, people came out in yellow with a vengeance.
Bersih 3.0 Kota Kinabalu was a resounding success. Between 2,000 to 3,000 came out to support the call for clean and fair elections. This is 20 to 30 times the number of people who donned yellow shirts in Bersih 2.0 KK event (July 9th 2011).
Himpunan Hijau 3.0 (Anti-Lynas Rare Earths) and other NGOs were also well represented at Padang Merdeka in the city, a multi-cultural presence in unity and solidarity.
Bersih 3.0 was held on April 28th, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm (local times) in 11 cities and towns in Malaysia, as well as in 85 cities around the world. Bersih 3.0 was also high up on Mt Everest and on the bed of the sea in Acheh, Indonesia. The event in Kota Kinabalu was supported by 2000 – 3000 attendees.
The epicenter of Bersih 3.0 was at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. All in all, an estimated 300,000 people came out to call for clean and fair elections.