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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MALAYSIA NOW – February 2016

NEWS  1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Goldman Sachs The New York Post published an article entitled “FBI Gathers Clues In Massive Goldman Sachs Money Scandal” on 20th February 2016.  The article stated that US law enforcement officials are gathering sensitive documents and identifying potential witnesses from around the world in Goldman Sachs’ involvement with 1MDB. Goldman Sachs is an American investment banking firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management and other financial services, primarily with institutional clients. It has been reported that “exorbitant” fees for transactions were…

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MALAYSIA NOW – January 2016

Sarawak State Election Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced the proposed dates for the Sarawak state election. He said that he had met the Election Commission (EC) and set the proposed dates of 18th April 2016 as nomination day and 30th April 2016 for polling. The following day, May 1st is a public holiday. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem Taken from Bernama The EC estimated that the election will cost RM181 million, with a large portion going towards transportation and rental costs. This figure is…

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