MALAYSIA NOW – DECEMBER 2016

NEWS Happy New Year Global Bersih would like to wish all Malaysians a Happy New Year. Let’s take this season to look back on 2016 and to usher in a brighter year ahead. Satukan Tenaga, Malaysia Baru. BERSIH 2.0 Urges Malaysians to Continue the Struggle BERSIH 2.0 applauds every single supporter for bravely standing up to a corrupt government despite endless intimidation and misinformation. We are growing in strength and numbers. More than ever before, we must continue this wave of change for democratic governance. We cannot and must not…

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MALAYSIA NOW – NOVEMBER 2016

BREAKING NEWS  Maria Chin Released  On 28 November 2016, Maria Chin was released from her 10-day detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, a day before the hearing of her habeas corpus application. Maria thanked all of her supporters for campaigning for her release and said “I was released because of your support”. Maria also promised to continue the fight for free and fair elections and institutional reforms.  NEWS Police Harassment of BERSIH 2.0 Members On 2 November 2016, BERSIH 2.0 Northern Peninsular Programme Officer, Lee Chung Lun,…

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MALAYSIA NOW – OCTOBER 2016

NEWS EC Must Address Overseas Voter Registration Urgently Global Bersih and MyOverseasVote (MOV) emphasises the need for the Election Commission (EC) to provide voter registration facilities at overseas missions and publicise this move without further delay as the next general elections loom. Over 1 million Malaysians living abroad should not be denied such access to registration facilities as it is part of their right to vote as citizens. A combined effort by Global Bersih and MOV to survey consulates, embassies and high commissions across the globe has shown that only…

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MALAYSIA NOW – SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS The EC’s Redelineation Proposal The Election Commission (EC) has issued a redelineation proposal that changes the boundaries of all 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur. It also proposes for all eight of the Terengganu parliamentary constituencies to be altered, while Johor boasts the most number of constituencies with the proposed changes (21 out of 26 seats to be affected). This is followed by Selangor (18 out of 22 seats affected) and Perak (17 out of 24 seats affected). For Sabah, changes are proposed for 15 out of 25 parliament…

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MALAYSIA NOW – AUGUST 2016

NEWS TangkapMO1 Rally On 27 August 2016, student activists led thousands of protestors into Kuala Lumpur for the TangkapMO1 rally. The rally was to pressure authorities to arrest ‘Malaysian Official 1’, whom the US Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed stole US$731 million in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds. Protestors gathered at Sogo shopping center and Masjid Jamek. They then marched to Merdeka Square. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall denied them permission to gather at the iconic square. It is possible that the police may take action against the protestors as…

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MALAYSIA NOW – JULY 2016

NEWS Bersih 5.0 Rally Announced Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has confirmed that a rally is on the cards. She said that now was an apt time for another rally. However, the rally is in the process of discussion with other non- governmental organizations (NGOs). “Bersih’s process is that we have to consult the NGOs before we actually make any decision. So that is definitely an agenda on the table,” Maria said.   Bersih 2.0 Reveals Illegal Actions by the Election Commission Bersih 2.0 alleged that the Election Commission…

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MALAYSIA NOW – June 2016

NEWS Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar By-Elections Following the helicopter crash that took the lives of Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il in May, by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar were held on 18 June 2016. The Election Commission (EC) announced that the total turnout was 71% for Kuala Kangsar and 74% for Sungai Besar. The National Front (BN) retained its seats in both constituencies. Sungai Besar saw a three-cornered fight. BN garnered 16,800 votes from the electorate, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) gained 6,902 votes while 7,609…

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MALAYSIA NOW – May 2016

NEWS Sarawak State Election The Sarawak state election was held on 7 May 2016. The National Front (BN) won 72 (more than two-thirds) of the 82 state seats, with 87.8 percent of the House. The United Bumiputera Heritage Party (PBB) and the Sarawak Peoples’ Party won all seats that they contested for. PBB is led by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. The opposition suffered a crushing defeat. The Democratic Action Party (DAP) lost five out of twelve urban seats it had previously held. It also saw defeat in all the…

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MALAYSIA NOW – April 2016

NEWS   Bersih 2.0 Awarded the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights The May 18 Memorial Foundation has awarded Bersih 2.0 the 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for Bersih’s efforts to bring electoral reform to Malaysia.   It also noted Global Bersih’s efforts in uniting Malaysians all over the world and that in June 2016, Global Bersih will make an oral presentation on the state of democracy in Malaysia to United Nations (UN) mandate holders during the UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. The May 18 Memorial Foundation is…

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MALAYSIA NOW – March 2016

News Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Dissolves in April Chief Minister Adenan Satem announced that the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly will be dissolved on 11 April 2016. Following the dissolution, the Election Commission (EC) will take over to arrange the Sarawak state election. Of 82 constituencies to be contested, 11 will be new. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Azalina Othman Said, revealed that the EC will spend RM135.6 million in this upcoming Sarawak state election. In a written reply to DAP Member of Parliament (MP) Wong Ling Biu, Azalina reported…

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