EC must protect the right of all overseas Malaysians to vote in GE-14

  22nd March 2017  EC must protect the right of all overseas Malaysians to vote in GE-14   The Electoral Commission must uphold the right of Malaysians overseas to vote in the upcoming General Elections (GE14) by taking all appropriate and necessary  actions to enfranchise overseas Malaysians in accessing their right to vote, and to ensure a smooth process in registering overseas voters and implementing advance voting ballots for postal voters. There are approximately 1.4 million Malaysians living overseas (source: World Bank).   Under Section 2 of the Election (Registration of…

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EC must protect and defend the right of citizens to register to vote without any hindrance

   14th March 2017 EC must protect and defend the right of citizens to register to vote without any hindrance   Global Bersih condemns the misuse of regulation to eliminate phantom voters, to prevent the registration of genuine voters, and calls on the Electoral Commission (EC) to defend the right of citizens to register to vote without any hindrance. A large number of objections to registrations by new voters in Selangor, averaging about 100 cases a day, has been highlighted by Bersih 2.0 which has called on the Electoral Commission (EC)…

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Bersih Germany’s journey through Bersih 5

Bersih Germany organized Bersih 5 gatherings in its five cities simultaneously on 19.11.2016 at 2 pm. Malaysians and individuals interested in the Bersih cause gathered in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart to show their solidarity with Bersih 5 gathering in Malaysia. Our Bersih 5 journey started earlier as Col     ogne decided to twin with Penang and we had our representative joining the activities in Penang before Bersih 5 gathering. In Penang, we showed our support by welcoming the Bersih convoy in Penang. We also took part in a flash mob…

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UN experts call on Malaysia to stop targeting human rights defenders under national security legislation

GENEVA (9 December 2016) – Malaysia must protect all of its human rights defenders instead of targeting them under national security legislation, said today a group of United Nations human rights experts*. Their call comes after weeks of heightened pressure on BERSIH 2.0 – a coalition of civil society organizations campaigning for clean and fair elections – and the organizers of the Bersih 5 rally, held in three cities across Malaysia on 19 November 2016. “We are particularly concerned at the arrest of Maria Chin Abdullah, the Chairperson of BERSIH…

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Bersih Los Angeles Shares Their Stories of Hope for A Better Malaysia

By Bersih Los Angeles Bersih Los Angeles had our Bersih event on November 19, 2016, 11:30am – 2pm local time. It was held at Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel, California. The weather was perfect, with some overcast and temperature was just right without the scorching sun. We were able to secure about 10 picnic tables in the public park for our participants to sit . The event was potluck-style gathering, so everyone brought some food or snacks to share with others. Participants arrived, signed in and consented to signing the…

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Bersih Kyoto in Solidarity with Bersih 5

By Kia Meng, Bersih Kyoto The Bersih 5 solidarity gathering in Kyoto, Japan, took place successfully at 1pm, on November 19th, 2016, coinciding with the main protest in Kuala Lumpur. The weather was much better than what was forecasted and we took the opportunity to take some really good group photos at Kamogawakoen by the iconic Kamogawa river at the heart of Kyoto. We had an attendance of 25 people, most Malaysians who were either studying or working in the Kansai region, as well as some Malaysians who were touring…

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Bersih Birmingham Braved Cold Weather to Stand in Solidarity with Bersih 5

By Lydia Chan, Bersih Birmingham On 19 Nov 2016, 2pm (GMT), despite the cold weather, about 50 Malaysians gathered at Pavilion, High St to show our support and stand in solidarity with Bersih 5 rally in Malaysia. Most of the participants were university students. Some Chinese and Malay families came with their kids to support us as well. Some of them brought along their own creative cardboards too. The event started late as the initial venue was occupied with German Christmas market. We then moved to another location. My friend…

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Rakyat Hidup!

The people don't know their true power...

by Charlotte Chin, Passau, Germany Bersih is a coalition consisting of several human-rights organizations and non-governmental organizations which are campaigning for the reformation of the electoral system and for good governance in Malaysia. The country has suffered under massive electoral misconduct and has been ruled by the same coalition (Barisan Nasional) since its independence in 1957. Malaysia is also becoming infamous for corruption. The latest scandal involves a Malaysian state investment fund called 1MDB (follow this link to receive further information). Several newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal has reported that huge sums of money from the…

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