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Sedutan rakaman video peristiwa “Duduk Bantah” anjuran Bersih2.0 di Kuala Lumpur pada 28 April 2012. 250,000 rakyat Malaysia menyertai protest yang bertujuan menuntut sistem pilihanraya bersih dan adil. Adalah diharapkan rakyat yang tidak sempat menyertai Duduk Bantah pada hari berkenaan akan mendapat gambaran yang lebih menyeluruh dan adil mengenai apa yang sebenarnya berlaku, serta melihat bagaimana pihak kerajaan BN menganiayai rakyat jelata yang cintakan keamanan semata-mata untuk melindungi kuasa mereka.
Ubah Sekarang, Bersihkan Malaysia!
Stop asking why Police acted so cruelly and merciless during the Bersih 3.0 Rally as there could only be ONE reason:
They did it on purpose, to create chaos and make Bersih 3.0 looked ugly. There are many conspiracies , no one knows who is right or wrong…IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE!
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FAQS on BERSIH 3.0
1). Do we really need Bersih 3?
Yes we do. There has been no commitment to reform before GE13. Instead we are continuously uncovering evidence of irregularities which are not being addressed.
2). Why such a rush to have it on 28 April 2012?
All indications are that the ruling party is rushing to hold the elections. If the government is genuine in implementing reform, they have plenty of time to do it as they have until June 2013 to hold GE13. We have no choice but to act quickly if we want to have any hope of reform before GE 13.
3). Are opposition political parties hijacking Bersih?
Bersih is led by civil society with endorsements from 84 NGOs. This is an NGO movement and no political party can hijack it. Members of ALL political parties are invited to participate and should participate as citizens.
4). Do you agree with anything in the PSC report?
Yes. We have outlined some of the good points in our detailed response to the 22 recommendations http://bersih.org/?p=4627. Most importantly, not even one recommendation is categorically scheduled to take place before GE 13. The key demands of CLEAN ELECTORAL ROLLS and REFORM OF THE POSTAL BALLOT have not been meaningfully met. The need to STOP CORRUPTION AND DIRTY POLITICS in relation to electoral offences and standards of conduct were not even mentioned by the PSC.
5). Is the recommendation in relation to free and fair access to media a good one?
Yes it is. However it is limited as it deals with access to media during the campaign period only. But there is nothing stopping the government from immediately ensuring free and fair access to the media if they are sincere in their commitment to reform, as they have said they are.
6). Were there any good reasons why overseas voters are not allowed to vote as absentee voters?
NO and it is simply not acceptable that the PSC have recommended a further study on this. Civil Society group have submitted detailed proposals as to how voting for overseas Malaysians may be carried out. This means that an estimated 1 to 2 million overseas Malaysians will be disenfranchised. They should JUST IMPLEMENT this demand.
7). Why is BERSIH 3.0 nationwide?
We will see Malaysians everywhere – national and global, take ownership of their right to free and fair elections and the democratic processes in the country. This is our Malaysia. We want to make it better.
8). Why is Himpunan Hijau joining Bersih 3.0?
Bersih 3.0 is a platform for all Malaysians to demand free and fair elections. Himpunan Hijau believes that without clean elections we cannot have a clean environment. We welcome their support.
9). Why are you asking for the members of the Election Commission (EC) to resign?
The EC has been and is undermining the integrity of the electoral process. They have failed in their constitutional duty to the rakyat. The resignation of the commissioners will be the first step towards genuine reform.
10). Why do we need international observers for the next General Elections?
International election observation can promote public confidence and their presence may deter and expose irregularities and fraud. International election monitoring has become widely accepted around the world and plays an important role in providing accurate and impartial assessments about the integrity of the electoral processes in a democratic polity.
Bersihkan Malaysia Perth (BMP) kicked off the run-up to the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 with a “Yellow Barbecue” in Burswood Park. About 30 people gathered on April 9 to discuss coordination plans ahead of the sit-in rally which will be held in front of the Malaysian consulate in Perth. BMP committee member, Chom Lee, told FMT that the announcement of Bersih 3.0 had triggered a “great sense of excitement” that has spread to Bersih 3.0 global locations. He noted that the online community has been abuzz with circulations of video clips, posters and songs related to the rally in a show of solidarity for Bersih 3.0. “It is absolutely delightful to see more Malaysians are standing up for democratic reforms by organising simultaneous rallies in their own global locations,” he said via e-mail.
“The next and most important step is to promote and mobilise people to attend the rally, and we’re trying our best to reach out to the 20,000 Malaysians in Perth.” Also present at the Yellow Barbecue was Tenaganita director and co-founder, Irene Fernandez, who was on holiday with her family there. In addressing the crowd, she emphasized the importance of participation in Bersih 3.0 which she called “the mother of all battles in Malaysia for democracy, freedom and justice”. Fernandez spoke of recent national issues that have led to Bersih 3.0 including the movement of pro-establishment voters into opposition strongholds and issuance of identity cards to migrants. “In spite of PSC [Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms], nothing has actually happened except a lot of wool-pulling over our eyes,” she said.
“These are delay tactics by (Prime Minister) Najib (Tun Razak) so he has time to distribute more handouts, destroy the opposition’s reputation and reduce voter confidence by whipping up racial and religious conflicts.” Drawing on her experience in global advocacy, Fernandez said international support went a long way in boosting a move towards change and urged BMP to reach out to the Australian government. “It is very important for a democractic country like Australia to speak up and show that it wants to build relationships with an equally democratic country,” she stated.
“When Malaysia sees that there is concern from the outside then [they cannot deny] that there is something wrong on the inside.” To date, 20 cities worldwide, including in Japan, Austria and Taiwan, have confirmed participation and the list is expected to grow over the next two weeks. Australia itself has seven Bersih 3.0 locations nationwide and 200 Malaysians had turned up for Bersih 2.0 in Perth on July 9, 2011. The Bersih organisers confirmed last week it would hold its third – and possibly final rally before the next general election – after the PSC delivered a report that failed to address fundamental electoral issues.
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — Political analysts believe the authorities will not come down hard on Bersih 3.0 protesters like they did last year, saying it would be an “unbelievably foolish” strategy by Datuk Seri Najib Razak. They agreed that any show of muscle to stop the April 28 protest could spell political suicide for Najib and his team, pointing out that the 13th general election was too close for the prime minister to risk bleeding more support.
Furthermore, the academic added, Bersih 3.0, scheduled for April 28 at Dataran Merdeka, was merely a “sit-in” event and not a march on the streets “It is a sit-in, which has a rather peaceful connotation. It would definitely affect the government’s image and the general election if they come down hard on it “At the very least, it would just reinforce the people’s conviction against them,” he said. Azmi said it was necessary for Bersih to push for a third rally as the group would lose its legitimacy and respect from its supporters if it did nothing.
During Bersih’s first two rallies — in 2007 and last year — the government deployed riot police teams who sprayed water cannons and tear gas on protesters who had gathered in the streets of the capital to call for free and fair elections. The 2007 rally, which resulted in chaos, has been widely credited for BN’s significant electoral losses in Election 2008. Last year, the authorities tried to ward off the rally by arresting Bersih supporters even before the July 9 event. They also declared that those seen sporting the group’s signature yellow colour would be hauled in. On the day of the event, the city was placed on lockdown. Major roads leading into the capital from outstation locations and within the Klang Valley were blocked. Train services were temporarily halted. Those seen wearing yellow were carted away without question.“But I think the government will certainly look at the consequences of their actions from last year’s rally and not use the same tactics “I think some big lessons were learned from there,” Merdeka Centre chief Ibrahim Suffian told The Malaysian Insider. After July 9, Najib found his government repeatedly demonised in the international media for allegedly using excessive force on peaceful protesters. Analysts also believe that the country’s civil society movement had blossomed considerably because of Bersih 2.0. The politically apathetic began to sit up and take notice while the city-based middle- to upper-class Malaysian started to find an interest in Bersih’s cause, many vowing to participate in the next such rally.
In an apparent move to ward off further damage, the government mooted the Peaceful Assembly Act (PA2011) late last year to regulate public gatherings and formed a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) specifically tasked to look into Bersih’s demand for electoral reform. “It was that very reason that the PA2011 was drafted. And following that, the way the government handled the other rallies — (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim’s (Sodomy II) acquittal, the Himpunan Hijau protest (against Lynas Corporation) in Kuantan — it seems to be a more intelligent way of handling things,” Ibrahim said. “They (government) have become more sophisticated, they are giving room for gatherings to take place, and they are clearly avoiding or preventing themselves from giving reasons to the opposition and civil society to find fault with them.” This method, he added, would help reduce the political impact of gatherings like Bersih 3.0. “So if Bersih 3.0 results in more police action, violence… this certainly feeds the people’s anger and energises them further,” said Ibrahim.
Bersih 3.0 was announced on Wednesday, a day after the Dewan Rakyat approved the PSC’s final 22-point report on electoral reforms, which the election watchdog group said was inadequate. To Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Associate Professor Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff, however, the election watchdog may be playing the wrong card with Bersih 3.0.He suggested that holding a third rally could be viewed as an “overkill” and result in a backlash even for the opposition and Bersih if the government decides to block the event from occurring.
“Yes, a major, major backlash for BN but for the other side too. The commotion, chaos, arrests… there are those who sympathise with Bersih but there are also those who do not. “Road users, traders, they will not be happy,” he said. Instead, Agus suggested that all warring parties return to the drawing board to reach a consensus on how to avoid such a chaotic clash on the streets. At least two key electoral reforms, he said, must be implemented to resolve the stand-off for now — the use of indelible ink and reforms to the postal voting system. “The other issues, like the fear of double voting… that can be resolved with the indelible ink,” he pointed out. “The other matters like cleaning the electoral roll from discrepancies can be ironed out later. But for now, these two things are important and can be done immediately,” he said. But Azmi disagreed, saying it was necessary for Bersih to push for a third rally as the group would lose its legitimacy and respect from its supporters if it does nothing. “They have to make a stand. Just because the government makes a show of certain changes, but the key changes like how there are voters who should not be in the electoral roll… if they do not clean that up and Bersih accepts what the PSC put forward, then it would destroy their credibility… So I don’t think they have a choice,” he said.
Bersih 3.0 will hold a sit-in protest at Dataran Merdeka from 2pm to 4pm on 2012 April 28, its co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said said here. For more details , please visit www.bersih.org The protest, called Bersih 3.0 Duduk Bantah (sit-in protest), will be carried out nationwide and worldwide to register the disappointment over the authorities’ alleged lack of commitment towards electoral reforms. Samad, who is the co-chairman, said the protest would be a time for reflection for all Malaysians on the kind of legacy and future they want for the next generation. Meanwhile, group co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga said the demands were for the Election Commission (EC) to resign, clean up the electoral process and allow international observers to monitor the polls. On the Parliamentary Select Committee’s (PSC) report on electoral reforms, she said some of their recommendations were good but they did not look into electoral fraud. She said election offences and postal voting were not adequately addressed in the report. Ambiga said the organisers will discuss with the police to ensure that the protest would run smoothly. ”We will be the first to hand anyone who misbehaves to the police,” she said.
1. Like Bersih on Facebook
2. Follow Bersih 2.0 on Twitter
3. Add Bersih 2.0 PicBadge to your Facebook & Twitter profile pictures.
4. Facebook, Tweet (#Bersih) and e-mail as much information about and support for Bersih 2.0 as you can.
Wear Yellow & Fly the Flag
1. Display as much yellow as you can, as often as you can – clothes, accessories, ribbons, bands, banners, etc.
2. Display the Malaysian flag wherever you can.
Purchase T-Shirts & Other Materials
1. Contact BERSIH 2.0 secretariat at 03-7772 3275, location: 13, Jln 4/48e, Petaling Jaya. Mondays-Fridays, 10am-6.00pm
2. Download Bersih 2.0 media and create your own materials for distribution.
1. Like Bersih’s International Solidarity Facebook page and find out about Bersih solidarity events near you.
2. Take a picture of yourself and other Bersih 2.0 supporters at any gathering or event, and upload them to Bersih 2.0′s International Solidarity Facebook wall, especially in the final week before the Bersih rally on July 9th, to help build momentum and inspire more participation.
3. Download Bersih media and create your own materials for distribution.
Listed below are global cities where solidarity rallies are planned. All the overseas solidarity rallies held were initiated by Malaysian citizens living abroad who supported the demands for Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0. They personally contacted BERSIH 2.0 and expressed interest in organising a rally where they were. We regard this wide interest by the Malaysian diaspora as an indication that Malaysians from all walks of life believe in the need for electoral reform and the upholding of democracy.
International: Bersih Global Solidarity Facebook page (containing information and updates)
New Zealand – http://on.fb.me/jMlCwc
Canberra – http://on.fb.me/kk3rRQ
Sydney – http://on.fb.me/j0RzYt
Melbourne – http://on.fb.me/j0rDf1
Adelaide – http://on.fb.me/klaDdS
Osaka – http://on.fb.me/mUGxvB
Seoul – http://on.fb.me/lgB4oQ
Perth – http://on.fb.me/lihTnU
Taipei – http://on.fb.me/mIEOGW
Hong Kong – http://on.fb.me/lxYT2E
Singapore – http://on.fb.me/l87wNS
Bangkok – http://on.fb.me/mmyiWc
Paris – http://on.fb.me/joKlVQ
UK – http://on.fb.me/kQ9fsQ
Ottawa – http://on.fb.me/kb5OY4
New York – http://on.fb.me/lWrJ8l
San Francisco – http://on.fb.me/jehClH
Los Angeles – http://on.fb.me/iBJgM3