GENEVA, 29 July 2015 – Global Bersih, a Geneva-based international NGO network of Malaysian diaspora residing around the world, today launched a global solidarity movement in support of the recently announced Bersih 4.0 rally in Malaysia.
Amid one of the greatest multi-billion dollar corruption scandals in Malaysia’s history and the government’s most oppressive crackdowns on free speech, Global Bersih will organize a series of worldwide rallies to coincide with the Bersih 4.0 rally happening on 29-30 August 2015.
The Global Bersih rallies will echo the demands of Bersih 4.0, which are:
Clean Elections (#PilihanrayaBersih);
Clean Government (#KerajaanBersih);
Save Our Economy (#SelamatkanEkonomi); and
Right to Dissent (#HakMembantah).
Global Bersih President, Colin Rajah residing in San Francisco, U.S.A., stated, “Global Bersih is appalled that ongoing investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhard (1MDB) multi-billion dollar scandal have been halted following the sudden removal of Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, and the overnight appointment of four Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members into the Cabinet,”
He went on to assert, “We condemn the sudden changes in the government, as well as the blocking of access to the Sarawak Report and suspension of The Edge news publication, as a means to silence whistle-blowers and prevent the truth from being exposed.”
Referring to allegations that 1MDB funds have been used to finance the ruling party Barisan Nasional’s electoral campaigns, Global Bersih Secretary Bala Chelliah residing in Geneva, Switzerland stated, “This is a clear breach of Malaysian campaign financing laws, and we call into question the legitimacy of the ruling party’s status quo as a result.”
Global Bersih Steering Committee member, Yolanda Augustin, residing in London, U.K., expressed, “Global Bersih views this as a gross misappropriation of power by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is allegedly implicated in the 1MDB saga, and we stand by Bersih 2.0’s call that he should step aside pending the investigation.” Augustin explained further, “We want to send a clear and loud message that we have lost confidence in the Malaysian Cabinet and government agencies following serial abuses of power.”
Global Bersih stands by the principles of clean and fair procedures and process, and will respond to the recent developments by showing our presence across the globe on 29-30 August, and by demanding that our electoral process as well as our government, should be clean, fair and accountable.
Rajah explains, “We may live and work abroad, but our hearts are always with Malaysia. We cannot bear to stand by while injustices continue to take place with impunity. We call on the entire Malaysia diaspora to show our support and solidarity with our friends and families back home who are fighting for democratic reforms,”
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