Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah announced today that Dataran Merdeka will again be the main venue for the electoral watchdog’s upcoming Bersih 5 rally.
“The location will be Dataran Merdeka,” Chin said in a one-line reply when asked if the movement has finalised the venue for its nationwide rally.
Chin said that Bersih 2.0 is in the midst of applying for permission from the police to allow the movement to use the venue.
“For the upcoming one as well, we will submit to the police. Obviously we will do that,” she said.
Earlier today, news portal Free Malaysia Today quoted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar saying that the police would not allow the planned rally to proceed without a notice from the organiser.
Khalid told reporters that the Red Shirt rally organisers have already submitted their permission forms two days ago, but the police are yet to receive the document from Bersih 2.0.
Bersih 2.0 today also announced its donation drive, seeking RM500,000 in donation from the public to fund its Bersih 5 activities and nationwide rallies.
In a press conference today, the NGO said that it needs RM1.5 million in total for its activities in 2017 and 2018, leading to the 14th General Election.
It currently has a leftover of RM1,198,839 from its previous donation collection, of RM2,809,586, but Chin said the movement “is in the red”.
Bersih 2.0 is pleading for RM500,000 to facilitate its members logistics, publicity, documentation and medical supplies for Bersih 5 rallies in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
It also plans to use the money for coordination efforts and materials for Bersih 5 convoy, costs associated with its planned legal action against the Election Commission for redelineation and general expenditures for voter registration and education, activist trainings and 14th general elections observation campaign.
Source : YISWAREE PALANSAMY@The Malay Mail Online