MALAYSIA NOW – September 2015

September e-newsletter The 29th and 30th of August saw Malaysians all over the world and in Kuala Lumpur gather together in yellow shirts, voicing from the bottom of their hearts, the five demands – clean elections, clean government, strengthen parliamentary democracy, right to dissent, save the economy, in view of what was seen as blatant abuse of the executive branch including when the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, then heading the special investigative team towards 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was inexplicably removed. The fourth edition of the Bersih rally…

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MALAYSIA TERKINI – Bulan Jun 2015 (Bahasa Melayu version)

E-buletin bulan Jun Kepada Penyokong Global Bersih, Salam Sejahtera, dan selamat datang kepada edisi pertama E-buletin dalam Bahasa Melayu. Kita berharap bahawa kita dapat membawakan berita mengenai pilihan raya dan apa yang berlaku di Malaysia akan disebarkan kepada warganegara Malaysia yang tinggal di luar negara. Kita sedang dalam tempoh peralihan antara dua gabungan politik, berikutan pilihan raya PAS, yang menyaksikan pemimpin-pemimpin progresif keluar dari kepimpinan pusat, DAP kemudiannya mengumumkan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat sudah tiada, dan PKR juga mengakui begitu dengan berat hati. PAS, setakat ini, masih menegaskan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat…

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MALAYSIA NOW – June 2015

June e-newsletter Dear Global Bersih supporters, Salam sejahtera, after months of hiatus, the Global Bersih newsletter is back to give you the highlights of the month of June, and what a month it has been. We are currently in a transitioning period between two political coalitions, following the PAS elections, which saw the progressives wiped out of the leadership, DAP subsequently announced that Pakatan Rakyat is no more, with PKR reluctantly admitting so after. PAS, so far, still insists that Pakatan Rakyat is alive and they are still cooperating in…

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MALAYSIA NOW – January 2015

‘PARTISAN’ ELECTION COMMISSION UNDER FIRE   Election Commission ‘helping BN consolidate power’ “THE new delineation exercise has dispelled doubts the EC is helping BN consolidate its position and power base,” Sarawak DAP Chief Chong Chieng Jen said, commenting on the proposed 11 new state seats for Sarawak. FULL STORY Penang acts as commission proposes 11 new seats in Sarawak THE Election Commission’s redelineation proposal for Sarawak saw 11 new constituencies and a 215% variance in the number of voters in two seats. Seeking an urgent meeting with the commission to…

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MALAYSIA NOW – December 2014

Election Commission shuts door to polls watchdog MALAYSIA’S Election Commission (EC) will proceed with redrawing electoral boundaries without input from civil society, its chairman said, effectively shutting the door to Bersih, the country’s civil society watchdog on polling and electoral reform. FULL STORY EC says no to talks with Penang’s opposition-led government MOV, GB in voter registration drive Bersih sees red over ‘arrogant refusal’ to consult COMMENT: Malaysia has been denied equal representation for voters since 1962, when the government rewrote the constitution to remove the 15% variance-limit on number…

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MALAYSIA NOW – November 2014

Death threat stalks Global Bersih legal adviser SURFING the web last September 11, Andrew Khoo found an anonymous death threat against him posted in a ‘hate-monger’ blog. The Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee co-chair and Global Bersih legal adviser – who appeared before the UN’s periodic review of Malaysia last March in Geneva – says the bigger shock was finding out the threat was based on false allegations. FULL STORY ‘Allah’ books, CDs seized at KLIA HUNDREDS of Christian books and CDs carrying references to God as ‘Allah’ are…

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MALAYSIA NOW – October 2014

Ambiga in Sedition Act dragnet Malaysia’s ongoing sedition dragnet engulfed Ambiga Sreenevasan (pictured right) , formerly co-chair of electoral reform group Bersih and president of the Malaysian Bar Council, with news that police were investigating her under the colonial-era law. Read more here Lawyers in Oct 16 Walk for Peace to protest Sedition Act The Malaysian Bar announced a rally against the Sedition Act 1948 on October 16 in Kuala Lumpur. The ‘Walk for Peace and Freedom’ was called after the Bar’s extraordinary general meeting demanded a repeal of the…

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MALAYSIA NOW – September 2014

Adam Adli second student sentenced to jail under Sedition Act “So be it,” says law student and activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim, sentenced to one year behind bars under Malaysia’s 66-year-old Sedition Act.  Adam joins Muhammad Safwan Anang to become the second Malaysian student sentenced to jail under the law. Read more here   Sedition blitz breeds fear, suppression in Malaysia Putrajaya’s escalating use of a 66-year-old Sedition Act will cow Malaysians from speaking out as students, academics, lawyers and Opposition MPs face jail terms and fines. Read more here…

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