Law and politics in Malaysia – Ambiga talks to Waleed Aly on ABC Radio National

Ambiga Sreenevasan is a prominent Malaysian lawyer advocating for free and fair elections in Malaysia. She talks to Waleed Aly about the erosion of parliamentary representation, why she believes the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is being targetted through the courts, and shares her idea on how Malaysia could change after 57 years under the rule of the Barisan Nasional coalition. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/ambiga-sreenevasan-on-law-and-politics-in-malaysia/5379010  

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Rallies have their place, but knowledge is power.

  SYDNEY, April 12 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan may be irrevocably associated with Bersih’s iconic rallies, but the former chair of the electoral reform group said education and changing mindsets were needed to achieve lasting change. Speaking at a meet and greet event hosted by Bersih Sydney last night, Ambiga said that recent events such as the conviction of two senior opposition leaders and the global criticism of Malaysia over the Flight MH370 crisis showed a pressing need for the change to occur before the next general election. “Rallies have…

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The People’s Tribunal on Malaysia’s 13th General Elections: Summary of the Report

                      Part I Introduction  Why the Tribunal?  The People’s Tribunal was set up by BERSIH 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections) to investigate the conduct of the General Elections of 2013 (generally known as the GE 13). BERSIH 2.0 had deployed observers throughout the country and received many allegations and complaints about electoral misconduct. What was different about the GE13 was that it was not just the losers that expressed this view. Several independent observer groups, including those specially…

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Press Release: Anwar, Karpal convictions are attacks on parliament: Suaram and Global Bersih

01 April 2014                   The message from law advocates the world over is clear – the prosecutions of Anwar Ibrahim and Karpal Singh under archaic and rarely used laws are legally unwarranted and the convictions a travesty of justice. It is the view of Suaram and Global Bersih that these statements depict selective persecutions that seek to mask assaults on democracy, Malaysia’s system of parliamentary representation and opposition MPs. Statements criticising or questioning the convictions have been made by the US State…

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Press Release: PEMANTAU ‘BLINDFOLDED’ BY MAJOR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

Press Statement: 3rd May, 2013 PEMANTAU ‘BLINDFOLDED’ BY MAJOR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS At about 9:30PM on 2/5/2013, PEMANTAU websites – www.pru13.info and pru13.info/aduan were blocked and made inaccessible to the PEMANTAU team. We have also learned of similar web attacks to Malaysikini videos and at 12:30AM, 3/5/2013 to DAP’s UBAH TV. The PEMANTAU’s website was only accessible at or about 12.30AM on 3/5/2013. An the initial diagnosis from our independent IT technician, Sinar Project had confirmed the presence of a blocking filter set up in the local Internet Service Provider…

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Press Release: Gazetted Electoral rolls still plagued with irregularities

Press Statement: 3rd May, 2013 PEMANTAU is disappointed with the results of the documentation and monitoring performed on the electoral roll since it was gazetted by the Election Commission (EC). PEMANTAU had received a total of 592 reports as of 2/5/2013. The statistics are as follow:- The highest number irregularities reported are cases where voters were registered but their names were missing from the electoral roll. These registered voters consists of those who had registered but have never voted before and those who had voted in the past. A total number…

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Press Release from ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions): Malaysian elections must be free and fair

  Malaysian elections must be free and fair. The ACTU notes that general elections have been called in Malaysia for Sunday 5 May. It is our sincere hope that the elections are fair and free and that the people’s choice is respected. Journalists and observers must also be free to carry out their duties, and all political parties must have fair and free access to print and TV media. Malaysia’s 13th General Elections will determine the country’s direction in coming years. It is vital that these elections are free of…

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Press Release: Calling on the Gillard Government to make representations to Malaysian Government for fair and free elections

PRESS RELEASE 3 MAY 2013 Praveen Nagappan, President of the Melbourne Chapter of Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) today called on the Gillard Government to make representations to the Malaysian Government to ensure that the May 5 elections are fair and free and that the people’s right of free choice is respected.Mr Nagappan referred to press reports of large scale movement of tens of thousands of dubious voters being flown in to vote in critical seats for the ruling Malaysian Government. “There is widespread concern that electoral fraud will deny the Malaysian…

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Malaysia’s diaspora return for historic polls

When Malaysian expat William De Cruz witnessed the historic result of his country’s last federal election, he humbly repented. “My God. I’m guilty” he thought, glued to his laptop at home in Sydney. A dramatic swing against the incumbent government had ended 52 years of one-party dominance in Malaysia, setting the stage for democratic euphoria around Sunday’s 13th general election. “I couldn’t believe it. People had stayed behind to fight for change, and I should have been there to provide one more vote. But I never thought my vote would…

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