Election Commission obstacles stop many overseas Malaysians from voting

MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2018 Global Bersih and MyOverseasVote (MOV) strongly condemn the recent decision by the Election Commission (EC) to fix a short 11-day campaign, culminating in polling on a Wednesday, which places yet another unreasonable obstacle in the way of millions of overseas Malaysians voting in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14). According to recent United Nations estimates, the number of Malaysians abroad soared to 2.7 million in 2017 from less than 1.3 million in 2010 (1). As most of the Malaysian diaspora are recent emigrants, it is…

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Rakyat Malaysia di Singapura dan seluruh dunia bersiap sedia untuk mengundi di PRU14

KENYATAAN AKHBAR                                                                    28 Mac 2018 Global Bersih terperanjat apabila mendapati bahawa kerajaan Malaysia secara aktif tidak menggalakkan rakyat Malaysia untuk menjalankan hak asasi mereka sebagai rakyat untuk mengundi. Pada 27hb Januari, telah dilaporkan bahawa Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed “meramalkan” bahawa rakyat Malaysia yang akan pulang dari Singapura untuk mengundi di Pilihan Raya Umum…

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Malaysians in Singapore and around the world are gearing up to vote in GE14

PRESS RELEASE                                               28 March 2018 Global Bersih is appalled that the Malaysian government has actively discouraged Malaysians from exercising their basic civil right of voting. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed was reported on the 27th January as ‘predicting’ that Malaysians returning from Singapore to vote in the 14th General Elections (GE14) will have less of an impact than they did in previous elections. He also claimed those who returned to vote in the past had been ‘cheated’ by ‘opposition propaganda’. Malaysians living in southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and…

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Overseas Postal Voting Needs To Be Fair, says Global Bersih

Press Release 7 February 2018 Global Bersih demands that the postal voting process for the 14th General Election (GE14) for registered voters residing abroad be strengthened by inviting reputable international observers such as the United Nations and The Commonwealth. The Election Commission (EC) chairman has promised to appoint local and international election observers during GE14. Global Bersih welcomes this development and would like assurance that these same observers will scrutinise the issuance, receipt and counting of ballots. We are also urging the Malaysian government to invite the Commonwealth to send a…

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Global Bersih: Overseas Voting Process Unclear and Problematic – Malaysians Abroad Not Consulted

The postal voting process for the 14th General Election (GE14) – as announced by the Election Commission (EC) chief Mohd Hashim Abdullah for registered voters residing abroad – is riven with unresolved problems that threatens to deny the right of hundreds of thousands of Malaysians abroad to vote at the next elections, Global Bersih warned today. It is particularly worrying that Pos Malaysia Berhad will be fully managing the sending and return of ballots. For the previous elections of 2013 (GE13), there were about two weeks between dissolution of Parliament…

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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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Statement: Global Bersih Celebrates Malaysia Day by Addressing Government Blindspot in Regards to the Exploitation of Rainforests in Sarawak

 21th August 2017 GLOBAL BERSIH CELEBRATES MALAYSIA DAY BY ADDRESSING GOVERNMENT BLINDSPOT IN REGARDS TO THE EXPLOITATION OF RAINFORESTS IN SARAWAK Malaysia Day 2017 will mark the day that Global Bersih cities from across the globe will band together to celebrate Malaysia’s inception, with screenings of ‘The Borneo Case’ followed by a Q&A session with leading members and activists involved in the film. The film ‘The Borneo Case’ is an evocative story of patriotism, danger and corruption amid the lush rain-forests and quiet serenity of Sarawak. Based on the book ‘Money…

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Statement: Global Bersih Condemns Najib’s Visit to the White House

 7th September 2017 Global Bersih Condemns Najib’s Visit to the White House Global Bersih urges the Trump Administration to rescind the invitation to the Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to meet at the White House next week. Meeting Malaysia’s prime minister at this time sends the wrong signal and disavows the good governance and anti-corruption ideals shared by both nations, as allegations have been made of Najib Razak’s involvement in the 1MDB case, which represents the largest action brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative to date. Despite the White House…

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