#Bersihstories: My Bersih 3.0 Experience: Behind the Barbed-Wire Barricades – Marina Mahathir, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Originally published at Rantings by MM 29 April 2012 It was the barbed wire that did it for me. Up til Friday afternoon I was still unsure about going. My hubby thought I’d already made my point last year. I was annoyed with continually being asked whether I was going or not, more so with the non-story that came out in M’kini which basically said I hadn’t decided yet. I mean, does it matter? Then I saw the photos of the police rolling out the barbed wire and I saw…

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Global Bersih 3.0 – Highlights

Global Bersih 3.0 kicks off at Auckland New Zealand Bersih 3.0 Canberra – approx 60 people attended   Bersih 3.0 Melbourne MASSIVE Solidarity gathering – approx. 1250 attendees   Bersih 3.0 Brisbane – approx 150 people     Bersih 3.0 Underwater : Pulau Weh, Acheh, Indonesia Bersih 3.0 Perth, approx 500  Malaysians give thumbs down to the EC Bersih 3.0 Taipei, Taiwan – more than 700 in attendance.   Bersih 3.0 Jakarta, Indonesia – approx 70  Malaysians show support for Bersih!   Bersih 3.0 Cologne, Germany   Malaysians in Switzerland…

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Bersih! Merdeka! Merdeka Bersih! — Clive Kessler, Sydney, Australia

From The Malaysian Insider Speech given at Bersih 3.0 Sydney.  APRIL 28 — I speak today, here in Australia, as an Australian citizen. I speak about citizenship, Australian citizenship and also Malaysian citizenship. Australia and Malaysia are not two entirely different worlds. Far from it. Both countries are constitutional monarchies — Malaysia because of the constitutional role of the Agong, who is chosen from among the nine Malay state Rulers, and Australia because, chosen or not, the Queen of England is also somehow the Queen of Australia. Both countries are…

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#Bersihstories: ‘We are watching you’ – Nurul Ilham Anwar- London, UK

27 April 2012 Having both your parents as politicians gives you little option to not get involved in politics. I am very critical of the government and its administration but nevertheless, I grew up always believing that Malaysia is such a rich country with countless potential to be great. The current situation however is far from what I feel Malaysia could and should be.  The fact that we have to demand the most basic of rights from our government clearly shows that some things are very wrong. Therefore, I decided…

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Malaysia’s clean elections movement goes global (ABC Radio Australia)

Updated 26 April 2012, 22:20 AEST Malaysia’s civil society movement for free and fair elections, Bersih3, has gone global, with rallies expected in 79 cities around the world, including Australia, this Saturday. 00:00 Malaysia’s clean elections movement goes global (Credit: ABC) Bersih, which means ‘clean’ in Malay, wants a clearer and more transparent system, ahead of general elections which have to be called by March next year. Bersih3 is the sequel to last July’s rallies in Kuala Lumpur, when Malaysian police fired tear gas at public supporters of the movement.…

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Malaysia: Mid Life Crisis or Fresh Opportunity? (ABC Radio Australia)

Original link: ABC Radio Australia Updated 26 April 2012, 21:25 AEST Sen Lam Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak seems to be examining his options, as he keeps the people guessing about the date of the next general elections. Sen Lam, the Malaysian-born host of Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific program ponders the challenges facing Malaysia’s ruling alliance, as the polls loom. Prime Minister Najib Razak and the UMNO party are facing increasing calls for change. [AFP: Saeed Khan] If you were born in 1957, chances are you’ll be eyeing that monster Kawasaki motorcycle…

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#Bersihstories: Let’s take back our votes — Nagappan Karuppiah, Canberra, Australia

First published on the Malaysian Insider April 26, 2012   APRIL 26 — I read Yolanda Augustin (“Why Malaysians overseas are joining Global Bersih 3.0”, Side Views, April 24) and found myself nodding at each line. I left Malaysia in 2003 to study in Australia. At the end of the first semester, I’d decided I’d make Australia my home. I’d had no interest in Malaysian politics to start with, but in that first semester, Australia opened my eyes to what freedom of speech is about. What multiculturalism — living with…

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