MALAYSIA NOW – SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS The EC’s Redelineation Proposal The Election Commission (EC) has issued a redelineation proposal that changes the boundaries of all 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur. It also proposes for all eight of the Terengganu parliamentary constituencies to be altered, while Johor boasts the most number of constituencies with the proposed changes (21 out of 26 seats to be affected). This is followed by Selangor (18 out of 22 seats affected) and Perak (17 out of 24 seats affected). For Sabah, changes are proposed for 15 out of 25 parliament…

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Global Bersih Supports Bersih 5

15 September 2016  Bersih 2.0 has announced that the Bersih 5 rally will take place on 19 November 2016. Prior to the rally, the Bersih Convoy will depart from 6 different states on 1 October 2016. The nationwide convoy will spend 7 weeks travelling to 246 cities, towns and villages across the country to raise awareness about the Bersih 5 demands for institutional reforms and the severity of the 1MDB crisis. Global Bersih pledges support and participation for the Bersih 5 rally. Since the Bersih 2.0 rally, Malaysians residing in…

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MALAYSIA NOW – AUGUST 2016

NEWS TangkapMO1 Rally On 27 August 2016, student activists led thousands of protestors into Kuala Lumpur for the TangkapMO1 rally. The rally was to pressure authorities to arrest ‘Malaysian Official 1’, whom the US Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed stole US$731 million in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds. Protestors gathered at Sogo shopping center and Masjid Jamek. They then marched to Merdeka Square. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall denied them permission to gather at the iconic square. It is possible that the police may take action against the protestors as…

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Aspirations For A Better Malaysia

by Charlotte Chin, Marburg, Germany   You might be wondering why a German woman is interested in the political situation in Malaysia. The answer is simple: My dad is Malaysian Chinese and my mum is German. I went to Malaysia to volunteer in an orphanage, and I got to know strangers who became good friends and are still an important part of my life. They introduced me to their cultures and religions, gave me home and shelter, and showed me the infinite beauty of life. Malaysia became home to me,…

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MALAYSIA NOW – JULY 2016

NEWS Bersih 5.0 Rally Announced Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has confirmed that a rally is on the cards. She said that now was an apt time for another rally. However, the rally is in the process of discussion with other non- governmental organizations (NGOs). “Bersih’s process is that we have to consult the NGOs before we actually make any decision. So that is definitely an agenda on the table,” Maria said.   Bersih 2.0 Reveals Illegal Actions by the Election Commission Bersih 2.0 alleged that the Election Commission…

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Near or Far, Malaysians at Heart

By Nalina Nair Many of us who live in Malaysia have the impression that Malaysians who chose to leave the country have no interest in our dear homeland. That these are the ones who have abandoned all hopes for a better Malaysia, who do not believe that we will ever achieve a Malaysian Malaysia. Many of us back home may hold this view due to the constant calls by individuals in the government for dissenting voices to leave the country and find a new home. While this may ring true…

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Bersih 2.0 Press Statement: Resign Or Face the Rakyat

Bersih 2.0 Press Statement: Resign Or Face the Rakyat BERSIH 2.0 congratulates the US Office of the Attorney General brave statement on “United States Seeks to Recover More Than $1 Billion Obtained from Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund”. The conclusion of their findings are extremely damning and they have stated exactly what civil society and many Malaysians have been saying about the grand scale kleptocracy that is happening in our country. The actions of the US Department of Justice (US DOJ) are not alone as there are six other…

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MALAYSIA NOW – June 2016

NEWS Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar By-Elections Following the helicopter crash that took the lives of Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il in May, by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar were held on 18 June 2016. The Election Commission (EC) announced that the total turnout was 71% for Kuala Kangsar and 74% for Sungai Besar. The National Front (BN) retained its seats in both constituencies. Sungai Besar saw a three-cornered fight. BN garnered 16,800 votes from the electorate, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) gained 6,902 votes while 7,609…

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Global Bersih condemns the government’s crackdown on Lim Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the evening of 28 June 2016. He faces two charges, i.e. Section 23 of the MACC Act and Section 165 of the Penal code. The first charge carries a jail term of not more than 20 years and a fine of five times the value of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.     Lim is accused of using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem…

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