Forum Discussion on Bersih 2.0 Updates on Electoral Reform in Malaysia
On 29 September 2019, Global Bersih along with Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) hosted Thomas Fann, Chairperson of Bersih, at a discussion forum to update concerned Malaysians in Melbourne about the state of affairs at home. In the lead-up to GE14, Malaysians in Melbourne, like Malaysians everywhere else were striving for a change in government, without much regard for what the then opposition had to offer. The only way to correct the trajectory which Malaysia was on and to secure the nation’s future was through better governance.
Since then, despite the historic change in government, Malaysians have witnessed improvements in some areas, while the deterioration in some areas appear to have accelerated. With reforms in some areas taking far longer than expected, and in some cases near impossible to achieve, Malaysians in Melbourne sought Thomas’s insights on the reform agenda and views and perspectives from the grass roots.
In the forum discussion, Thomas updated the forum participants on what was happening in the country, especially on the opportunities and challenges in Malaysia Baru, and shared with the diaspora what Bersih had been working on since the general election.