The 2017 New Zealand Elections

Lydia Chai is a Malaysian living in New Zealand. Here she shares her experience voting in the New Zealand general elections as a permanent resident.   NEW ZEALAND : Voting is EASY The New Zealand general elections were held on 23 September 2017. Like Malaysia, voting in New Zealand is not compulsory. If there’s one thing I am grateful for when I cast my vote here, it’s how easy it is to vote. Advance voting is available to anyone. Whether you’re a normal voter, a permanent resident, voting outside of…

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#hungparliament : WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

(Scroll down to read the article in Bahasa Malaysia)   The media is abuzz with the term: a#HungParliament. Fret not! Nobody will be hung / hanged out to dry or die. It simply means that there is no political party (or a pre-election alliance or coalition) that wins a ‘simple majority’ – meaning 50% + 1 of the seats – thus will be able to form a government in its own right. What will happen then? Well, many possibilities! [1] But let us look at the process step by step.…

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Zunar’s activities in the United Kingdom

Come join in on Zunar’s trip throughout the United Kingdom. Zunar is a renowned Malaysian political cartoonist who is currently facing 43 years in prison on 9 charges of Sedition for being an outspoken critic of the Malaysian government. Five of his cartoon books have been banned by the Malaysian government for allegedly carrying content “detrimental to public order” and thousands confiscated in an effort to curtail freedom of expression. On the eve of his trial,  Zunar is coming to the UK to launch a special exhibition of his work…

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Forum with Ivy Josiah (Global Bersih & Member of Programme Committee, Bersih 4 Malaysia)

Bersih Netherlands (Bersih NL) will organise a Forum featuring Global Bersih steering committee member Ivy Josiah, who’s also member of Programme Committee for Bersih 4. Bersih NL would like to call upon Malaysians to come together to find out what is going on in Malaysia now. They are also launching the Bersih NL movement and they would be presenting their goals and missions and to gather support from all Malaysians in NL. Date: November 1 Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: The American Book Center, Lange Poten 23, The Hague. For more…

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