MALAYSIA NOW – DECEMBER 2016

NEWS Happy New Year Global Bersih would like to wish all Malaysians a Happy New Year. Let’s take this season to look back on 2016 and to usher in a brighter year ahead. Satukan Tenaga, Malaysia Baru. BERSIH 2.0 Urges Malaysians to Continue the Struggle BERSIH 2.0 applauds every single supporter for bravely standing up to a corrupt government despite endless intimidation and misinformation. We are growing in strength and numbers. More than ever before, we must continue this wave of change for democratic governance. We cannot and must not…

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UN experts call on Malaysia to stop targeting human rights defenders under national security legislation

GENEVA (9 December 2016) – Malaysia must protect all of its human rights defenders instead of targeting them under national security legislation, said today a group of United Nations human rights experts*. Their call comes after weeks of heightened pressure on BERSIH 2.0 – a coalition of civil society organizations campaigning for clean and fair elections – and the organizers of the Bersih 5 rally, held in three cities across Malaysia on 19 November 2016. “We are particularly concerned at the arrest of Maria Chin Abdullah, the Chairperson of BERSIH…

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Bersih Los Angeles Shares Their Stories of Hope for A Better Malaysia

By Bersih Los Angeles Bersih Los Angeles had our Bersih event on November 19, 2016, 11:30am – 2pm local time. It was held at Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel, California. The weather was perfect, with some overcast and temperature was just right without the scorching sun. We were able to secure about 10 picnic tables in the public park for our participants to sit . The event was potluck-style gathering, so everyone brought some food or snacks to share with others. Participants arrived, signed in and consented to signing the…

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Bersih Kyoto in Solidarity with Bersih 5

By Kia Meng, Bersih Kyoto The Bersih 5 solidarity gathering in Kyoto, Japan, took place successfully at 1pm, on November 19th, 2016, coinciding with the main protest in Kuala Lumpur. The weather was much better than what was forecasted and we took the opportunity to take some really good group photos at Kamogawakoen by the iconic Kamogawa river at the heart of Kyoto. We had an attendance of 25 people, most Malaysians who were either studying or working in the Kansai region, as well as some Malaysians who were touring…

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Bersih Birmingham Braved Cold Weather to Stand in Solidarity with Bersih 5

By Lydia Chan, Bersih Birmingham On 19 Nov 2016, 2pm (GMT), despite the cold weather, about 50 Malaysians gathered at Pavilion, High St to show our support and stand in solidarity with Bersih 5 rally in Malaysia. Most of the participants were university students. Some Chinese and Malay families came with their kids to support us as well. Some of them brought along their own creative cardboards too. The event started late as the initial venue was occupied with German Christmas market. We then moved to another location. My friend…

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MALAYSIA NOW – NOVEMBER 2016

BREAKING NEWS  Maria Chin Released  On 28 November 2016, Maria Chin was released from her 10-day detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, a day before the hearing of her habeas corpus application. Maria thanked all of her supporters for campaigning for her release and said “I was released because of your support”. Maria also promised to continue the fight for free and fair elections and institutional reforms.  NEWS Police Harassment of BERSIH 2.0 Members On 2 November 2016, BERSIH 2.0 Northern Peninsular Programme Officer, Lee Chung Lun,…

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Bersih Geneva Stands in Solidarity with the Bersih Melaka Convoy

Bersih Geneva extends their support to the Bersih Melaka convoy. The solidarity poster bearing the words “Bersih Geneva supports Bersih 5” signed by Bersih Geneva supporters traveled from Geneva through the trusted hands of a Bersih Geneva supporter, a Bersih 2.0 supporter and finally into the hands of our twin city’s supporters. Satukan Tenaga, Malaysia Baru!

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Video: Maria talks about her arrest and what Malaysians living overseas can do to support the Bersih 5 rally

Maria Chin talks about her arrest and what Malaysians living overseas can do to support the  Bersih 5 rally. If you don’t see your city on the list for the Bersih 5 rally, email Global Bersih (fadiahnadwa9@gmail.com) and we will provide you with a guide to starting a Bersih 5 chapter in your city.

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MALAYSIA NOW – OCTOBER 2016

NEWS EC Must Address Overseas Voter Registration Urgently Global Bersih and MyOverseasVote (MOV) emphasises the need for the Election Commission (EC) to provide voter registration facilities at overseas missions and publicise this move without further delay as the next general elections loom. Over 1 million Malaysians living abroad should not be denied such access to registration facilities as it is part of their right to vote as citizens. A combined effort by Global Bersih and MOV to survey consulates, embassies and high commissions across the globe has shown that only…

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Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Home Minister’s statement on no risk of travel ban

8 October 2016 Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Home Minister’s statement on no risk of travel ban Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s statement that Malaysians who attend Bersih 5 solidarity rallies overseas face no risk of a travel ban. The Minister’s remarks reinforce Global Bersih’s long-standing position that Malaysians overseas peacefully participating in Bersih solidarity rallies around the world need not fear unjustified government imposed travel restrictions. The Deputy Home Minister’s remarks are particularly welcome in light of travel bans recently imposed on Maria Chin Abdullah (Chairperson of Bersih 2.0) and other Malaysians, as well as…

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