A call to Cease Intimidation, Abuse & Harassment of Ambiga Sreenevasan

3rd November 2017 Respect the personal privacy, rights and honour the safety of Ambiga   Global Bersih and SUARAM International strongly condemn the serious harassment and sinister threats hurled at respected human rights activist and lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan following disclosure of the defence and counterclaim in the ‘Abdul Hadi Awang P vs Clare Rewcastle’ suit filed in the UK. Attempts to drag Ambiga Sreenevasan into the court case have been escalated into a frenzied campaign of personal attacks in government-controlled television and newspapers. Top leaders in the ruling party UMNO and…

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What will happen when you abstain from voting? By Kerk Chee Yee

With a looming GE-14, which could very well be the determining factor of a rightfully democratic Malaysia, there has been speculation of registered voters wanting to abstain from voting. Below, the writer describes why he thinks this new school of thought has emerged and what can happen if they do not exercise their democratic right. Kerk Chee Yee is the political secretary to DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang. Read on. “In the 13th general election in May 2013, there were 11.2 million out of 13.2 million registered voters who…

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Malaysia loses bid for seat in UN Human Rights Council

MALAYSIA has lost out to Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and Qatar in its bid for one of the 15 seats on the United Nation Human Rights Council. This is Qatar’s second consecutive term after winning the re-election vote. A UN statement said the General Assembly election was carried out via a secret ballot among 193 countries. “The newly elected members to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council are Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine. “All will serve three-year…

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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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What happens when you ‘kena bantah’?

What is ‘Bantahan’? As a check against phantom voters, ordinary citizens may submit an objection or ‘bantahan‘ against a suspicious application to become a voter, such as 70 people living at one address. This is provided for under regulation 15 of the Elections (Registration of Electors) Act. How do you know your application has been ‘dibantah’? When you check here, your status is marked as ‘dibantah’ (objected). What do I do if I kena bantah? Contact SPR’s office to check on the date and time of your inquiry. Find a representative (friend…

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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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