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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#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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  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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