MALAYSIA NOW – April 2016

NEWS   Bersih 2.0 Awarded the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights The May 18 Memorial Foundation has awarded Bersih 2.0 the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for Bersih’s efforts to bring electoral reform to Malaysia.   It also noted Global Bersih’s efforts in uniting Malaysians all over the world and that in June 2016, Global Bersih will make an oral presentation on the state of democracy in Malaysia to United Nations (UN) mandate holders during the UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. The May 18 Memorial Foundation is…

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Global Bersih condemns the ban against Opposition, NGO leaders and Activists from mainland Malaysia from entering Sarawak

International electoral ‘rules of the game’ calls for a level playing field during any type of elections. A legal framework that limits access to the process and undermines the means to engage in a fair contest, or lacks some minimum rules conducting the conduct of all players in the process, is basically deemed as a tool to favour the re-election of dominant parties and politicians, and to exclude others.   These destabilizing electoral process factors are now being adopted by the Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. As the polling day…

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The People’s Congress 2016

SHAH ALAM, 27 March 2016 – Following the introduction of the Citizen’s Declaration, the People’s Congress took place at the Shah Alam Convention Centre. This congress was an initiative to democratise the Declaration and to answer the many questions that arose since the Declaration was issued.   19 speakers took the stage to address delegates and members of the press. The 19 were Zaid Ibrahim, Asia’s top debater Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Malaysian Federation of UMNO Branch Leaders (GKCM) leader Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman, Kuala Langat Member of Parliament…

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The People’s Congress 2016

SHAH ALAM, 27 March 2016 – Following the introduction of the Citizen’s Declaration, the People’s Congress took place at the Shah Alam Convention Centre. This congress was an initiative to democratise the Declaration and to answer the many questions that arose since the Declaration was issued.   19 speakers took the stage to address delegates and members of the press. The 19 were Zaid Ibrahim, Asia’s top debater Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Malaysian Federation of UMNO Branch Leaders (GKCM) leader Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman, Kuala Langat Member of Parliament…

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Media Statement – Sarawak 2016 State Election

Global Bersih are extremely concerned over the conduct of the Sarawak state elections on 8th May 2016. A total of 72 out of 82 state seats were ‘won’ by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, despite the mounting political crisis engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak and his regime following multiple allegations of grand corruption involving billions of dollars. In the lead-up to polling day, there were numerous reports and allegations of electoral fraud, vote-buying and money politics. Bersih 2.0, the Malaysian coalition for free and fair elections, had Pemantau (election…

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SUARAM Speaks At UN Human Rights Council Regular Session

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) participated in the 31st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. It is being held until March 24 in Geneva, Switzerland. SUARAM Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy delivered an oral statement on behalf of Persatuan Alisan Kesedaran Negara (Aliran) during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur Mr. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders on 4th March 2016. Sevan spoke extensively about the Malaysian government’s usage of the Sedition Act 1948. Below is Sevan’s oral statement: Below is SUARAM’s press statement: 

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MALAYSIA NOW – February 2016

FEBRUARY 2016 E-NEWSLETTER NEWS  1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Goldman Sachs The New York Post published an article entitled “FBI Gathers Clues In Massive Goldman Sachs Money Scandal” on 20th February 2016.  The article stated that US law enforcement officials are gathering sensitive documents and identifying potential witnesses from around the world in Goldman Sachs’ involvement with 1MDB. Goldman Sachs is an American investment banking firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management and other financial services, primarily with institutional clients. It has been reported that “exorbitant” fees…

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High Court Bersih 4 T-shirt Ban Decision Gets International Attention

The Shah Alam High Court upheld the Malaysian Home Ministry Bersih 4 t-shirt ban on 19 February 2016. This drew attention from not only Malaysian media, but also international media. The New York Times covered news of the ban extensively. Richard Paddock also briefly wrote about the 1MDB scandal in his article, Malaysian High Court Upholds T-shirt as a Security Threat. Also mentioned was that the police are in the midst of investigating graphic artist, Fahmi Reza.

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