Launch of Electoral Reform Roundtable Report

On 9th May, 2018, Malaysia stunned the region and the world when a broad coalition of opposition parties won office, ushering in Malaysia’s first transfer of power since independence in 1957. Malaysia’s experience shows us that politics cannot stand still in the face of changes brought by economic development, urbanization, and mass education. That experience also shows that it is possible to overcome the politics of identity and offer voters a credible democratic alternative; it also demonstrates that high voter participation can level the electoral playing field to deliver democratic…

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Overseas Voting Process

Global Bersih has launched a SURVEY that WILL AFFECT ALL OVERSEAS MALAYSIANS It wasn’t too long ago that many of us achieved the impossible by flying our votes home for GE14. Let’s not have another re-run of that. Help Global Bersih design the Overseas Voting Process together by completing this survey at http://bit.ly/GBsurveyOVP CLOSING DATE: 9th February 2019 so please hurry, and help share this wide. Your input will affect the future voting process for all Overseas Malaysians! Global Bersih is now recognised by the Election Commission as an important…

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UPR Review

Global Bersih took part in the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review(UPR) Working Group held in Geneva from 5th to 16th November 2018. Malaysia’s human rights records were reviewed during the session. Please read the summary of the proceedings below to find out more.

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Global Bersih at the Parliament

Global Bersih with Kofi Annan Foundation, International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (“IDEA”) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (“IFES”), the Speaker’s Office of Dewan Rakyat and Election Commission (“EC”) organised an Electoral Reform Roundtable discussions on Advancing Electoral Reform in Malaysia from 30th November to 1st December 2018. The idea was to collect best practices from all over the world and to exchange ideas on the needed electoral reform for our nation. Read the summary of the event below:

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Call for voting process to be revamped

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 and its overseas arm Global Bersih have called for the voting process for overseas Malaysians to be revamped, citing the alleged failure of the Election Commission (EC) to manage the existing process for the 14th general election (GE14). Both organisations held a press conference today to announce findings from a post-GE14 survey conducted by Global Bersih, which included the EC’s lack of adequate and timely information on the registration and voting process, as well as an illogical and impractical timeline for overseas voting… 

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The flawed Overseas Voting Process of GE14 must be reformed in new Malaysia

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT A timely and comprehensive reform to current voting procedures for Malaysians living abroad must happen in this Parliament if the promise of a new, more democratic Malaysia is to be realised, say Global Bersih and Bersih 2.0. According to recent United Nations (UN) estimates, the number of Malaysians abroad soared to 2.7 million in 2017 from fewer than 1.3 million in 2010 (1). As most Malaysians abroad tend to be recent emigrants, it is likely that the majority are registered voters – and there is an urgent…

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Data Collection on Malaysia’s 14th General Election – Overseas Voting Process

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Global Bersih’s findings from our data collection of the 14th General Election (GE14) are as follows: The Election Commission (EC) and foreign Malaysian missions did not provide adequate and timely information on the registration and voting process. The information that was relayed conflicted and varied from agency to agency. This caused widespread confusion, frustration and disenfranchisement. The EC demonstrated incompetence by not processing applications and notifying citizens of their voting status in a timely manner, allowing discrepancies on the electoral roll, erring with regards to voter eligibility and…

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Global Bersih denies baseless allegation it was created by political parties to advocate an Arab Spring-like uprising

MEDIA RELEASE Global Bersih categorically denies the baseless allegation that Malaysian political parties formerly in the Opposition (prior to the 14th General Election) “had established NGOS such as Bersih Global (sic) to advocate an Arab Spring-like uprising in Malaysia”. (1) As reported by Malaysiakini on 19th July 2018 (2) and Free Malaysia Today on 20 July 2018 (1), these allegations were detailed in a letter dated 4th May 2018 from Hasanah Abdul Hamid, then Director-General of the Research Department in the Prime Minister’s Department, on behalf of the Malaysian External…

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