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March 10, 2014

‘If redelineation grouses ignored, Bersih 4.0 is on’

Radzi Razak

Polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said it will hit the streets with yet another mammoth rally if the Election Commission does not heed demands on the redelineation process expected to be launched in Parliament next year.

Until then, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (left) said, the coalition’s Delineation Action and Research Team (Dart) will be spearhead objections at each constituency while the coalition will continue to pressure the EC via the media.

“If all this fails, and they (EC) really don’t want to listen to us because they have a different agenda, then (Bersih 4.0 rally) is inevitable,” she toldMalaysiakini after Dart’s national launch today. (more…)

November 4, 2013

‘No Bersih 4.0 rally this year’

Lisa J. Ariffin

  • Maria Chin Abdullah dismisses talk of a Bersih 4.0 rally this year and says their objections may not be in the form of street demonstration.

Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah has dispelled rumour of an upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally, saying it would not be anytime soon, and may not be in the form of a street demonstration.

Maria was responding to talk on the street that another street rally was imminent, as many had begun selling Bersih 4.0 T-shirts around the nation.

“No, I don’t think we are having a rally this year. Also, Bersih 4.0 need not be a rally, but just people moving towards reform,”. (more…)

October 18, 2013

Gov’t ignores Bersih 3.0 in report to UN rights council

Ram Anand

The government does not make any mention of the infamous Bersih 3.0 rally or the incidents of violence, including attacks on participants and journalists that took place during the rally, in its human rights report to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC).

In its 21-page report submitted to the UN in July, ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Malaysia in Geneva this Saturday, the government presented a rather clean image about the country’s human rights issues.

Despite mentioning the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) inquiry into the violence that took place during Bersih, the government left out Suhakam’s findings and also the background behind the inquiry. (more…)

September 12, 2013

Pemantau delivers damning verdict on GE13

Lisa J. Ariffin

Bersih’s citizen monitoring group, Pemantau, concludes that GE13 was not clean and fair.

The 13th general election was neither clean nor fair, said Bersih’s citizen monitoring group, Pemantau, in its report on electoral irregularities.

Pemantau, which consists of Bersih, Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) and human rights group Pusat Komas – hoped their report would help the public to decide if the Election Commission (EC) should be held accountable for electoral irregularities that happened during GE13.

“The entire political culture needs changing. The inheritance of this culture and lawlessness has been going on in Malaysia for so long,” said Bersih’s Yasmin Masidi, said during yesterday’s launch of Pemantau’s election observation report titled “Clean and Fair?”. (more…)

May 10, 2013

All hail the Black Parade

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RK Anand

Last night, Kelana Jaya witnessed a powerful display of people power. Dressed in black, they came to mourn the death of democracy.

It died over the weekend and last night was the funeral. Dressed in black, tens of thousands braved the rain and nightmarish traffic gridlock to mourn over their loss.

The deceased, according to the opposition, was democracy in Malaysia. Pakatan Rakyat claimed that it was bludgeoned to death by Barisan Nasional and the Election Commission.

While some 100,000 packed the Kelana Jaya stadium to the point that even the grass on the field was no longer visible, tens of thousands more huddled outside, with some risking life and limb to scale over the walls and fence for a better view. (more…)

May 7, 2013

Bersih to set up tribunal to probe election fraud

Kow Gah Chie

Election watchdog Bersih will set up a people’s tribunal to investigate the extent of electoral fraud and irregularity in yesterday’s 13th general election, its co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

“Bersih will take steps to convene a People’s Tribunal to consider the evidence that we have and will receive, and to hear from the witnesses,” Ambiga told a press conference this afternoon.

The tribunal will call those with first-hand information from the ground on irregularities and electoral fraud, as well as the candidates, to tell their experiences, she said. (more…)

April 29, 2013

A passionate call for every Malaysian to vote

ge13David Quek

Malaysians, friends and colleagues!

First, I want to state that I am not a politician, and do not belong to any political party, by choice. But this does not mean that I do not support a better choice for a better renewed Malaysia!

I am but a simple professional, a doctor, who has had to fortune to rise up in society, because of good school grades, good parents/family who’d worked multiple jobs, great dedicated teachers of the past, to get to where I am today, although I hail from a poor background. I worry that for the next generation however, the future may not be as rosy and challenges would be aplenty! (more…)

April 15, 2013

Bersih’s Ambiga appears at Nurul Izzah event

Koh Jun Lin

Amid concerns of a flawed electoral roll, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar appears to have roped in prominent pro-electoral reform leader Ambiga Sreenevasan’s assistance.

Ambiga made an appearance at Nurul Izzah’s campaign trail last night, where Nurulo Izzah addressed some 400 people who had crammed into a narrow alley in Bangsar to listen to her.

They two are also scheduled to help promote Bersih’s Pemantau volunteer election monitoring campaign at Bangsar’s Lucky Garden morning market today. (more…)

February 25, 2013

A win-win situation for Najib and Taib?

Jeswan Kaur

Najib is not interested in the welfare of Sarawakians; all he wants is for Taib to deliver at least 20 of 31 parliamentary seats to BN.
What an irony that whilst Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak signs a personal pledge to uphold democracy and good governance, he in the same breath is also throwing unconditional support behind politicians like Sarawak’s chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Najib who also heads the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, wants Taib to continue leading the Sarawak state government. (more…)

February 16, 2013

EC defensive, duty to ensure peaceful election, says Bersih

Boo Su-Lyn 

Maria (left) and Ambiga say it is the EC’s duty to ensure a peaceful and clean election.

The Election Commission (EC) appears defensive about the results of Election 2013 results when warning against violence by the losers, showing there could be possible fraud in the coming polls, says watchdog Bersih 2.0

The EC and retired national police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan had warned of possible violence by losers in Election 2013, with former the Inspector-General of Police saying there could be chaos like the “Arab Spring” uprising in the Middle East to topple the elected government. (more…)

February 8, 2013

Changes to postal voting ‘unconstitutional’

Lisa J. Ariffin

The electoral watchdog said it is wrong to impose the conditions on overseas voters one month before the election.

Electoral watchdog group Bersih 2.0 today described the changes made to the postal voting regulations as “unconstitutional”.

Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga claimed that the Election Commission’s (EC) requirement for overseas Malaysians to show they have visited the country for at least 30 days in the last five years before an election date is announced was unprecedented and unnecessary. (more…)

February 2, 2013

Press freedom: More openness needed

Tay Tian Yan

As a member of the country’s press fraternity, I couldn’t quite refrain from feeling a deep sense of dejection by the number “145”, Malaysia’s ranking in the latest Press Freedom Index. We are placed a pathetic 145th among 179 countries and territories assessed.

That puts Malaysia in a very far back position, on par with many notorious rogue states. Besides, the latest ranking is also a massive 23-place drop from the previous year’s 122nd.

To aspiring journalists, such an outcome is definitely nothing to shout about.

But what about the response from our government? After all, the index reflects a nation’s democratic qualities, and is a major motivating force to usher in greater social equality and good governance. (more…)

January 30, 2013

‘Use postal votes to remove phantoms’


Two overseas organisations advocating clean elections and overseas voting rights have called on Malaysians abroad to utilise the newly introduced facilities to cast their postal ballots, in order to prevent their ballots from being abused by ‘phantom voters’.

MyOverseasVote (MOV), a group formed by Malaysians overseas to lobby for their voting rights in the next general election, and Global Bersih, an international support group for the clean and fair elections movement, Bersih, made the stance in a statement issued yesterday. (more…)

January 28, 2013

No one is spared from Kee Thuan Chye’s pen

Daniel Anthony

From behind the scenes of Bersih 2.0 to the speculations of the 13th general elections, every scandal and issue in the local news has a place in this book.If there is one Malaysian who can smell bullshit from a mile away, it’s him. In his latest collection of essays Ask For No BullshitGet Some More!, Kee Thuan Chye leaves no stone unturned.

Just like his previous bookNo More Bullshit, Please,We’re All Malaysians, Kee (right) has certainly made a name for being able to boil the tangled mess of legal jargon and deceptive semantics down to a simple English that everyone can swallow.

Kee scratches the surface of these major issues and then pulls you into the deep side to reveal all the details you never knew. (more…)

January 21, 2013

Malaysian voters abroad must submit 1B form to EC

 A. Azim Idris

Malaysian voters abroad must submit their 1B form to the Election Commission before the Parliament is dissolved for them to be eligible to cast their votes at Malaysian embassies and consulates when the time comes.

Otherwise, the EC would not be able to send the specific ballot papers of the voters’ constituencies, the commission’s deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told the New Straits Times today.

He said the voters can get a copy of the form by down loading it from the EC’s website starting Monday. (more…)

January 18, 2013

BN’s denial syndrome not helping

Jeswan Kaur

The show of support at the Saturday rally is yet another clear indication that the rakyat wants a change and that too for the better.

The politicking post-Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat continues for the federal government which is bent on having the last laugh, that too at the expense of its nemesis, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

Last Saturday’s gathering dubbed “the people’s uprising” at Stadium Merdeka under the aegis of Pakatan, which saw a turnout of some 100,000 supporters, was all about demanding that the ruling Barisan Nasional government do the “right thing” which included reforming the electoral system, reviewing the Felda administration, equal treatment for Sabahans and Sarawakians and upgrading the use of the English language and preserving Bahasa Malaysia. (more…)

January 17, 2013

SW1M attack: Ambiga doesn’t give a fish

RK Anand

The Bersih chief is not bothered about being branded an anarchist but is perturbed by the brainwashing that takes place in universities.

Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga is not drowning in despair after being branded as an anarchist by Suara Wanita 1Malaysia (SW1M) president Sharifah Zohra Jabeen.

The former Bar Council president, who had twice persuaded tens of thousands of Malaysians to take to the streets in demand of clean and fair elections, said that detractors had conferred upon her labels which were even less flattering in the past.

“I am not bothered about what the moderator [Sharifah] had branded me. It’s freedom of speech. (more…)

January 16, 2013

Debate over ‘Allah’ reflects Malaysia’s growing religiosity

Dina Zaman

Malaysians are growing to be more religious. 

Malaysia woke up to a growing religiosity among its citizens a week ago when the Selangor Sultan’s edict reaffirming who can use “Allah” to describe God reignited an issue that has divided politicians and religious leaders.

It began when DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng appealed in a Christmas Day message last month for Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to be allowed to use the Malay-language Bible that contained Allah, the Arabic term for god.

Politicians have joined the debate but as The Malaysian Insider found out in a recent poll, Malaysians are growing to be more religious, be it among Muslims and Christians, and this is fuelling the national discourse over practising one’s faith in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

January 15, 2013

Politweet says 150k at rally but assumes Stadium only houses 30k, meeting pts not included

Maria BegumPolitweet says 150k at rally but assumes Stadium only houses 30k, meeting pts not included

The crowd at the HRK#KL112 rally held on Saturday could have exceeded 150,000 people, according to preliminary estimates by think-tank Politweet.

However, the estimate does not take into account the crowds at all the 8 meeting points arranged by organizers. Many participants had gathered at those spots and marched with great determination to the Stadium Merdeka where the main event was held, but were turned away by the police.

Politweet’s estimate also assumes that the capacity of the Stadium itself was a “reported 30,000”. However, seasoned users of the Stadium will vouch that it can squeeze in at least 80,000 to 100,000. (more…)

January 12, 2013

Why are we here today?


Ambiga Sreenevasan

My friends, why are we here today?

Why have we chosen to give up our Saturday to gather here? Together. Again.

The answer is, we love our country. We care about Malaysia. We care about Malaysians. Our children, our parents, their future, our future.

And more importantly we are here because we have hope. We think that a better Malaysia is within our grasp. We know it is. I know it is. And it is all because of you ― a rakyat that cares enough to do something about achieving a bright future for our country. (more…)

November 12, 2012

Remembering the 2007 Bersih rally

Selena Tay

Five years after the historic first Bersih rally on Nov 10, 2007, EC’s shenanigans and electoral fraud still continue to haunt us.

Five years ago, exactly on a Saturday on Nov 10, scenes of the first Bersih rally took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur. The most famous scene was the one featuring the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) truck firing the water cannon beneath the STAR-LRT line to Sri Petaling.

The crowd then was estimated to be around 30,000 to 40,000. Who at that time would have thought that there would be two more Bersih rallies to follow? (more…)

October 13, 2012

Poll reforms still a long way off

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Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Putrajaya dragging its feet in implementing recommendations made by the PSC to improve the election system, says Bersih.

Poll reform group Bersih 2.0 said that the Najib administration is far from fulfilling its pledges to ensure free and fair elections as demands to improve the election system remain unmet.

The statement was carried in the group’s assessment report on Putrajaya’s progress in implementing the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on poll reform was released to the media in Parliament today. (more…)

October 5, 2012

Bersih to rock next Saturday

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K Pragalath

The watchdog will hold a concert to remind the government that their eight electoral demands have not been met.

Election reform watchdog Bersih is all set to rock the Kelana Jaya Stadium next Saturday.

Named the Bersih 8T concert, referring to the watchdog’s eight electoral demands, it would begin at 6pm and end at 11.30pm.

The eight are indelible ink, clean electoral roll, postal vote reforms, 21-day campaign period, free and fair access to the media, strengthening public institutions and an end to corruption. (more…)

September 26, 2012

Ambiga warns of crackdown on civil society groups

Koh Jun Lin

Media reports alleging that civil society groups are receiving foreign funding in a plot to destabilise the government could be a prelude to a crackdown on them, said Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

“Such disparaging reports (as the one on Sept 21 by theNew Straits Times) lay the groundwork for a crackdown on civil society as can be seen from the on-going state harassment campaign against Suaram and the possible use of even more draconian measures,” she said.

She was speaking at a joint press conference today alongside representatives of Suaram, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Lawyers for Liberty, Medeka Centre, and Southeast Asian Centre for E-Media (Seacem), which were also named in the article. (more…)

September 12, 2012

The political trend is worrying

Lim Sue Goan

The disturbances triggered by the “Janji Demokrasi” rally have stimulated people to think and I hope that everyone has been inspired, or the political situation will deteriorate.

Part-time model Ong Xin Yi and college student Muhammad Ammar A Rahman have indeed committed misconduct during the rally. Meanwhile, it is also facts that the police should not have handcuffed Ong when she surrendered herself and the police is having a double standard on law enforcement.

What is actually causing young people to get lost, as well as a law enforcement agency to lose its professional standard? (more…)

September 7, 2012

Ambiga: Politics ‘No’, EC chief ‘perhaps’

RK Anand

The Bersih co-chairperson rules out the possibility of contesting in the next general election but quips that she may consider heading the EC if offered the post.

Malaysians appear to be split on whether Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga should contest in the next general election.

And the former Bar Council president admitted that she had been receiving numerous calls urging her to stand as an independent candidate.

But the mother of two stressed that politics was not her cup of tea and that she could never see herself as a politician. (more…)

September 4, 2012

Delay polls and risk punishment

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RK Anand

The Bersih leader takes the prime minister to task for delaying the general election with no good reason, describing this as disconcerting and irresponsible.

In 2009, Najib Tun Razak took over the leadership reins after his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi relinquished the post following Barisan Nasional’s biggest electoral setback to date.

Najib and his retinue of advisers had the unenviable task of reversing the political fortunes of the ruling coalition, which seemed to suffer from an incurable perception malaise.

But during his initial period in office, the prime minister appeared to be pressing the right buttons, his popularity soared and speculations of a snap polls were rife. (more…)

August 25, 2012

Bersih to raise RM250k for victims of police brutality


The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has issued a public appeal for donations to its ‘Make a difference with RM1’ campaign to be used for the medical and legal expenses of victims of police brutality during the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally.

The fund will be provided to victims of police brutality who took legal action against the authorities as well as to pay for their medical expenses, the electoral reform coalition said in a statement yesterday.

Bersih said its goal was to raise RM250,000, from which RM150,000 would be used to cover bail money, legal administrative expenses and medical costs, whereas another RM100,000 will be used to fund Bersih’s awareness campaign and communications. (more…)

August 23, 2012

Ambiga to quit as Bersih co-chair after GE13

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Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevesan has revealed her intention to step down from her post in the electoral reform movement after the next general election.

In an interview with financial news-wire Bloombergpublished today, Ambiga said this would allow her to focus on her legal firm which specialises in commercial, intellectual property and industrial law.

It would also allow her time for personal interests such as cricket and the arts, which she has put aside to hold up the Bersih banner, the report added.

Ambiga said she also has unfinished work particularly on women’s rights, which she had been advocating prior to taking the reins of Bersih, particularly when this involves issues of conversion to Islam. (more…)

If ENOUGH M’sians want change, there’s NOTHING much BN can do – Ambiga

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Ambiga Sreenevasan got anonymous death threats for her work on the rights of women whose husbands convert to Islam in Muslim-majority Malaysia four years ago. After leading a rally calling for electoral reforms in April, she was accused of treason by a ruling party lawmaker.

The 55-year-old former Malaysian Bar Council president, who received the International Women of Courage Award from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, hasn’t stopped challenging the government’s human rights policies.

“They underestimate right-thinking Malaysians,” she said in an interview. “We don’t like bullying.” (more…)

August 13, 2012

UMNO IS DOOMED: Najib on ‘suicide’ mission, Mahathir STEPS IN

UMNO IS DOOMED: Najib on 'suicide' mission, Mahathir STEPS INNawawi Mohamad & Stan Lee

The downfall of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his UMNO party is of their own making. This is the culminating effect of 55 years of misdeeds, abuse of power, cronyism, corruption, scandals, greed and racism.

It all began when none of the previous ministers refused to do the right thing, and that was – to fight corruption. Then they failed to strengthen UMNO with bright and honest people. But their biggest mistake was not being fair to all Malaysians regardless of skin color so much so that the non-Malays began to shift towards the Opposition.

The Malay votes also began deserting UMNO for the steadier and more honest PAS. In fact, the shift out of UMNO began in the late 1960s, with the pace increasing until today when the Malays are more or less split down the line between UMNO on one side and PAS and PKR on the other. (more…)

August 11, 2012

Bersih case: Govt withdraws Haris’ suit

Teoh El Sen

The High Court will now hear the application by Bersih 2.0 co-chair A Samad Said and five others to intervene in the government’s property damage civil suit against the electoral watchdog on Sept 18.

The government has withdrawn its legal action against lawyer Haris Fathillah Mohamed Ibrahim, who was initially named as a party in the government’s suit seeking damages for the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.

Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad told FMT that the government, through the Attorney-General’s Chambers, had filed a notice of discontinuance against his client via e-filing yesterday. (more…)

August 10, 2012

Bersih agenda to colour Dataran Merdeka countdown

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Victor TM Tan

Twenty-six NGOs will hold an alternative Merdeka Day countdown celebration at Dataran Merdeka to remind the federal government of its unfulfilled promises in ensuring free and fair elections.

Bersih steering committee head A Samad Said said today the event – dubbed the Janji Bersih (Clean Promises) gathering – will require participants to don yellow to symbolise their struggle for free and fair elections.

However, Samad stressed, the event is not organised under the name of Bersih because only 26 NGOs out of more than 80 coalition members have endorsed this event. Others groups are expected to join in soon. (more…)

NGO coalition to hold ‘yellow’ gathering on N-Day eve

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Amin Iskandar

A coalition of 26 NGOs will hold a public rally on the eve of National Day with the theme ‘‘Janji Bersih” or “Bersih’s Promise” at Dataran Merdeka here, the same venue where thousands of Malaysians had tried to gather on April 28 in defiance of a ban to demand for changes to election laws and rules.

Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said (picture) said today all Malaysians are invited to jointly participate in this event in conjunction with the countdown to National Day.

“We have heard many promises… we know what people want is a clean and fair Malaysia as a celebration of independence of 55 years” he said. (more…)

July 28, 2012

Reprimand Najib, Bersih tells EC

G Vinod

PM telling Selangorians to vote “the right government” to resolve water issue is tantamount to political campaigning, says Samad Said.

Bersih co-chairman A Samad Said wants the Election Commission (EC) to reprimand Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for campaigning before Parliament is dissolved.

Samad said that Najib’s statement urging Selangor voters to “choose the right government” to resolve the state’s water issue was clear-cut political campaigning for the general election.

“The EC should reprimand the prime minister. How can you allow Najib to say such things when election is not even called for yet?” asked Samad. (more…)

July 25, 2012

Legal status not absolution, Nazri tells Bersih

Clara Chooi

Bersih’s status did not absolve the movement of legal infractions it is alleged to have committed during its rallies, said Nazri.

Bersih leaders should not feel vindicated by the court ruling on the group’s legal status, said Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, who pointed out that the electoral reforms coalition had still violated the law with its rallies.

The de facto law minister said while the High Court’s decision should be respected, Bersih leaders must be reminded that the ruling did not legalise their past actions.

“They must know the difference. The court only decided that they are not an unlawful society,” Nazri told The Malaysian Insider last night. (more…)

SACK Hisham: Bersih ruling confirms abuse of power, undemocratic conduct – Surendran

SACK Hisham: Bersih ruling confirms abuse of power, undemocratic conduct - SurendranMaria Begum

A  Malaysians cheer a High Court decision declaring Bersih 2.0 legal, calls are growing for Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to be sacked.

It is clear that an increasingly politically-aware Malaysian society want him and his cousin Prime Minister Najib Razak to take responsibility for the police brutality against innocent civilians who were demonstrating for clean polls on July 9 last year.

Hundreds of “unlawful arrests” were made in a bid to quell the spontaneous show of people power, resulting in Malaysia’s image being tarnished as an intolerant and banana-republic-type of dictatorship as the cousins’ shocking and ruthless crackdown made headlines around the world. (more…)

July 21, 2012

Rise of people power makes Najib nervous

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Mariam Mokhtar

The prime minister uses fear tactics to intimidate Malaysians and try to persuade them that Bersih has tarnished Malaysia’s image.

“They locked down the city only to lock us into solidarity. We went into the streets to look for democracy, only to find our country.”

These were the poignant words of Wong Chin Huat, the political scientist and Bersih 2.0 leader who stood on his makeshift podium to address the crowd at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park. (more…)

July 12, 2012

Ambiga: Government declaring ‘war’ on polls reform with anti-Bersih flyers

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Debra Chong

A copy of an anti-Bersih leaflet purportedly distributed by the government to taxi drivers as part of a public awareness campaign. — Picture courtesy of Ambiga Sreenevasan

Putrajaya has declared “war” on Malaysians keen for electoral reform, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today after several anti-Bersih flyers bearing the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry’s official logo were found in the backseat of a taxi.

The prominent lawyer-activist had sent out pictures of leaflets purportedly distributed by the government to taxi drivers that paint the electoral reform movement as “pengacau” (rabble-rousers) despite two ongoing public inquiries into the chaotic April 28 rally in the capital city. (more…)

July 11, 2012

Why should the people believe Najib anymore, Baru says

Sematong Express.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak chairman Baru Bian has dismissed Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak’s “Kembar 3K pledge to the people of peace and security, stability and harmony and prosperity and progress as nothing new.

“These are not new promises because they have been made time and again by the BN before every general election, but the fact that they are pledging the same promises again shows that they have failed to fulfill their promises, despite being in power for the last 50 years,” he told reporters today.

Baru asked why should the people believe Najib and the BN yet again when their policies remained unchanged. (more…)

July 5, 2012

Our world of bunkum and bullies

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Selena Tay

Not only has bunkum become the art of governance by the incumbent government but talking nonsense is also another art form.

There is a lot of bunkum and bullying going on in Malaysian politics. And many a time the general population is unclear about what is going on. Is this then a nation ruled by bunkum and bullies?

Take the Cowgate fiasco. A former prime minister’s son-in-law had tried to defend the project but only ended up in giving lame excuses which can be labelled as “pure bunkum”.

The general public dismissed his excuses and instead listened to the facts provided by Rafizi Ramli, the PKR director for strategy who made headlines for exposing the issue. (more…)

July 1, 2012

Cool it, Najib advises BN members

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S Pathmawathy

“We would like to remind our members to not issue any statements that touch on sentiments of any race or anything that can cause problems between BN component parties,” said Najib after chairing the BN supreme council meeting last night, without making any specific reference.In an apparent move to appease simmering tension over controversial remarks by a BN parliamentarian, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today advised members to thread with caution.

Sri Gading Umno MP Mohamad Aziz (left) had courted controversy when he said the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan should be “hanged”. (more…)

June 29, 2012

Pakatan livid over Umno MP, BN distances itself

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Teoh El Sen

Pakatan wants authorities to investigate Mohamad Aziz for his “extremist and racist” remarks and the BN leadership distances itself from the Umno MP.

The Umno MP for Sri Gading, Mohamad Aziz, who called for Bersih 3.0 co-chair S Ambiga to be hanged for treason must face the law for his “extremist and racist” remarks, said DAP.

Calling Mohamad a “samseng”, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said: “We were very shocked and outraged by the repulsive, repugnant and derogatory remarks made yesterday by the Sri Gading MP, that we should hang Ambiga just because she was a co-chair of Bersih.” (more…)

HANG AMBIGA: ‘1st time in history a lawmaker has demanded the MURDER of someone’

Maria Begum

HANG AMBIGA: '1st time in history a lawmaker has demanded the MURDER of someone'

Although Bersih co-chief Ambiga Sreenevasan did not say it should be Umno-BN lawmakers who should be hung, her retort that giving away citizenship in exchange for votes is treason enough makes it clear that if anyone deserved capital punishment, it should Prime Minister Najib Razak’s coalition, which has been accused of desperate tactics to win the coming general election.

“As for treason, asking for free and fair elections is not treason. Giving away citizenship for votes is,” Ambiga was reported as saying byMalaysian Insider.

She was responding to a comment from Umno’s Sri Gading MP Mohamad Aziz, who was busy in Parliament on Tuesday night ‘defending’ his coalition on several issues. (more…)

June 14, 2012

Bersih calls BN ‘paranoid’, rubbishes coup claims

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Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

The government was only undermining itself by making such claims about the April 28 rally, said Wong.

Bersih leaders today laughed off a federal minister’s claim that “salt and bottles” used by protesters during the April 28 rally indicated a coup bid, calling the connection “ridiculous” and “highly imaginative.”

Bersih steering committee member Dr Wong Chin Huat said the electoral reforms group has never questioned the legitimacy of the present Barisan Nasional administration despite accusing it of electoral fraud. (more…)

June 10, 2012

Ambiga countersues Putrajaya over Bersih rally

Debra Chong

Ambiga (right) is disputing Putrajaya’s capacity to sue under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is seeking damages from Putrajaya for allegedly violating her constitutional rights over the April 28 electoral reform rally, in a countersuit filed at the High Court this morning.

The prominent lawyer-activist accused the Najib administration of abusing its power in ordering the police and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to block the sit-down rally from taking place in the national capital, which she said would have been as peaceful as those held elsewhere in the country. (more…)

BN leadership living in fear?

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Selena Tay

The amendment to the Evidence Act intends to prevent people from hurling baseless accusations and posting hate-rantings against the government.

Last year Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak promised that Malaysia will never censor the internet. This was the policy adopted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his tenure when Cyberjaya and the Multimedia Super Corridor were launched.

However on June 1, 2012 the Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 comes into effect. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz claimed that the law was tightened because “we don’t want (anonymous or pseudonymous) people to slander or threaten others,” according to a report in a local English daily. (more…)

June 8, 2012

Bersih 3.0, a people’s carnival

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The huge Bersih 3.0 crowd testified to the fact that many people no longer trust the BN government, let alone the Election Commission, to ensure free and fair elections, reports Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan.

What a day it was. If not for the unwarranted cruel police crackdown towards the end of the peaceful Bersih rally on 28 April 2012, it would have been the greatest festive carnival on Malaysian soil.

Unlike PM Najib’s rhetoric, this was truly an occasion the real 1Malaysia was expressed in substance and spirit. Unlike BN gatherings characterised by gifts, payments and other sponsored means, genuinely patriotic Malaysians got together, at their own expense and sacrifice, to save the nation from the clutches of unscrupulous politicians who came to power through dubious means (alleged collusion with tightly held agencies like the Election Commission and National Registration Department?). Their parties have held on to power for over five decades. (more…)

June 4, 2012

Stop dithering over electoral reforms, Proham tells Putrajaya


Proham in a statement today said there has been a public loss of confidence in the Election Commission and the electoral process as a whole.

Putrajaya must focus on promised reforms in the next month ahead of national polls to resolve the “electoral crisis” instead of getting defensive over the chaos of the April 28 rally, human rights watchdog Proham said today.

The ex-human rights commissioners group wants the federal government to set up a permanent monitoring committee to oversee the 22 points proposed by a temporary parliamentary panel set up last year to boost flagging public confidence in the Election Commission (EC). (more…)

May 29, 2012

Anything to hold on to power

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Mariam Mokhtar

No one in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s inner circle has the guts to tell him what others may be thinking of him, but we will; The PM is an opportunisitic, power hungry egomaniac who will do anything to hold onto power.

His latest publicity gimmick should convince any doubters that Najib, his Cabinet and Umno are petrified of the rakyat’s attraction to Bersih 3.0.
Umno is afraid to hold free and fair elections.

The results of previous elections may have been predetermined, but today’s discerning and less trusting public will not tolerate any cheating. (more…)

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