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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A call to Cease Intimidation, Abuse & Harassment of Ambiga Sreenevasan

3rd November 2017 Respect the personal privacy, rights and honour the safety of Ambiga   Global Bersih and SUARAM International strongly condemn the serious harassment and sinister threats hurled at respected human rights activist and lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan following disclosure of the defence and counterclaim in the ‘Abdul Hadi Awang P vs Clare Rewcastle’ suit filed in the UK. Attempts to drag Ambiga Sreenevasan into the court case have been escalated into a frenzied campaign of personal attacks in government-controlled television and newspapers. Top leaders in the ruling party UMNO and…

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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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Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Home Minister’s statement on no risk of travel ban

8 October 2016 Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Home Minister’s statement on no risk of travel ban Global Bersih welcomes Deputy Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s statement that Malaysians who attend Bersih 5 solidarity rallies overseas face no risk of a travel ban. The Minister’s remarks reinforce Global Bersih’s long-standing position that Malaysians overseas peacefully participating in Bersih solidarity rallies around the world need not fear unjustified government imposed travel restrictions. The Deputy Home Minister’s remarks are particularly welcome in light of travel bans recently imposed on Maria Chin Abdullah (Chairperson of Bersih 2.0) and other Malaysians, as well as…

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EC must address voter registration urgently, say Global Bersih and MyOverseasVote

 3 October 2016 The Election Commission needs 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 MyOverseasVote to survey consulates, embassies and high commissions across the globe has shown that only the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore offers assistance for voter registration at the current…

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