Election Commission obstacles stop many overseas Malaysians from voting

MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2018 Global Bersih and MyOverseasVote (MOV) strongly condemn the recent decision by the Election Commission (EC) to fix a short 11-day campaign, culminating in polling on a Wednesday, which places yet another unreasonable obstacle in the way of millions of overseas Malaysians voting in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14). According to recent United Nations estimates, the number of Malaysians abroad soared to 2.7 million in 2017 from less than 1.3 million in 2010 (1). As most of the Malaysian diaspora are recent emigrants, it is…

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Response to Statement by the Singapore Police Force on Global Bersih

PRESS RELEASE 5 April 2018 Global Bersih is surprised at the recent allegation by the Singapore Police Force that we have been ‘encouraging overseas Malaysians to support political activities…’, and the implication that we might be among the foreigners ‘using Singapore as a platform to further political causes’ or engaging in ‘unlawful public assemblies…for the purposes of election campaigning’ (1). We would like to point out that Global Bersih is a non-partisan international movement of overseas Malaysians and friends of Malaysia with the goal of supporting Malaysian civil society and…

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Rakyat Malaysia di Singapura dan seluruh dunia bersiap sedia untuk mengundi di PRU14

KENYATAAN AKHBAR                                                                    28 Mac 2018 Global Bersih terperanjat apabila mendapati bahawa kerajaan Malaysia secara aktif tidak menggalakkan rakyat Malaysia untuk menjalankan hak asasi mereka sebagai rakyat untuk mengundi. Pada 27hb Januari, telah dilaporkan bahawa Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed “meramalkan” bahawa rakyat Malaysia yang akan pulang dari Singapura untuk mengundi di Pilihan Raya Umum…

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Malaysians in Singapore and around the world are gearing up to vote in GE14

PRESS RELEASE                                               28 March 2018 Global Bersih is appalled that the Malaysian government has actively discouraged Malaysians from exercising their basic civil right of voting. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed was reported on the 27th January as ‘predicting’ that Malaysians returning from Singapore to vote in the 14th General Elections (GE14) will have less of an impact than they did in previous elections. He also claimed those who returned to vote in the past had been ‘cheated’ by ‘opposition propaganda’. Malaysians living in southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and…

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Overseas Postal Voting Needs To Be Fair, says Global Bersih

Press Release 7 February 2018 Global Bersih demands that the postal voting process for the 14th General Election (GE14) for registered voters residing abroad be strengthened by inviting reputable international observers such as the United Nations and The Commonwealth. The Election Commission (EC) chairman has promised to appoint local and international election observers during GE14. Global Bersih welcomes this development and would like assurance that these same observers will scrutinise the issuance, receipt and counting of ballots. We are also urging the Malaysian government to invite the Commonwealth to send a…

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Global Bersih: Overseas Voting Process Unclear and Problematic – Malaysians Abroad Not Consulted

The postal voting process for the 14th General Election (GE14) – as announced by the Election Commission (EC) chief Mohd Hashim Abdullah for registered voters residing abroad – is riven with unresolved problems that threatens to deny the right of hundreds of thousands of Malaysians abroad to vote at the next elections, Global Bersih warned today. It is particularly worrying that Pos Malaysia Berhad will be fully managing the sending and return of ballots. For the previous elections of 2013 (GE13), there were about two weeks between dissolution of Parliament…

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US News

High level of uncertainty expected over Trump’s inauguration – The Malaysian Reserve THE inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan 20 brings a high level of uncertainty as his actions will determine the course of Malaysian economy, analysts say. Most analysts and economists stated that 2016 was quite a roller-coaster ride for the local equity market and currency, suffering a series of worst scenarios from various issues from IMalaysia Development Bhd, worries about a flight of capital from emerging markets amid rising US interest rates, as well as political results of…

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Economic News

Mustapa to lead M’sian delegation to WEF – New Sarawak Tribune The Malaysian delegation to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting will be led by International Trade and Industry (Miti) Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. The event will be held Jan 17-20 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Miti, in a statement yesterday, said Mustapa is scheduled for bilateral and business meetings with his counterparts and several multinational companies to exchange views on the latest developments in trade and investment. “He will be hosting a business luncheon with about 80 top international…

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