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On the eve of Bersih 3.0, my husband and I took the LRT to Masjid Jamek, near Dataran Merdeka, the venue for the sit-in protest. We arrived there around 10.05 p.m. Even from the station we could see a huge crowd of people already at Jalan Tun Perak for the countdown to the biggest rally in the history of modern Malaysia.

About two to three thousand people were on that street that night. Some were standing around; others were sitting on the roadside. Occasionally they broke into “Negaraku” and “Rasa Sayang” followed by shouting of “Bersih, Bersih” and “Hidup Rakyat.” The famous Uncle Saw was seen busy reciting patriotic poems to the delights of those present. He got rounds and rounds of applause from the appreciative crowd that milled around him.

Scores of vehicles driving past that stretch of road honked loudly in support. The atmosphere was simply electrifying – people of all races, ages and sizes came together simply for one cause – to demand a clean and fair election. It was like a carnival, a happy gathering of sorts. Everyone was having a good time.

“I think Bersih 3.0 had already started,” my husband said excitedly as he began clicking away with his camera. Yes, he was right. Bersih 3.0 had indeed started that night itself. The people were impatient and restless. They could not wait any longer. You could feel the pulsating mood on the ground. You have to be there to feel it – their anger and frustrations with the authorities; their hopes and dreams for this country.

We pushed and shoved our way towards the iconic square only to find it was completely barricaded by barbed wires and hundreds of policemen guarded the place with stone faces. Many people took pictures of the barricaded square; some were seen pointing at the wires with comical expressions and also at the policemen while posing for the camera, a gesture to show how absurd things had come to.

While my husband was busy taking photos of the crowd, I strolled to the pavement near the LRT station to chat up with my fellow Malaysians to find out what brought them out into the streets.

I saw a Malay family – an old man in his seventies, his wife, their three grown up children and two elderly female relatives sitting closely together on a straw mat and eating prawn crackers. They looked friendly and humble but tired. They conversed in a dialect which I could not understand much but luckily the old man’s son could speak in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language, and it was through him that I managed to communicate with his aged father.

Me: Pakcik (uncle), where are you and your family from?

He: From the state of Kelantan (he gave me a toothless grin and offered me a piece of the snack which I accepted).

Me: When did you arrive in Kuala Lumpur?

He: This evening. We took a bus from Kota Baru but it was blocked several times, that’s why we arrived here late.

Me: Are you all going to spend the night here at this pavement?

He: Yes, it’s expensive to stay in the hotel. There are seven of us and we’ll need two rooms. We’ve already spent a few hundred of ringgit on the bus fare and food, so I thought we should save on the accommodation, anyway it’s only for one night.

Me: What do you do for a livelihood?

He: Oh, I’m just a fisherman and my wife is a vegetable seller (pointing to his wife who nodded and smiled shyly at me).

Me: How about the rest – who are they?                               

He: They are my children and my wife’s sisters.

Me: What makes you and your family came all the way from Kelantan to Kuala Lumpur to take part in Bersih 3.0?

He: Last year we checked and found out that my wife’s name was missing from the voter’s list, later we were told that her name was transferred to Gombak constituency in Selangor. We complained but until today, nothing was done to correct the mistake. So, we all came to show our displeasure (his tone getting angry now).

Me: How about the rest of your family, are they affected too?

He: Yes, her sister’s name was gone and until today, it could not be located. So she came along.

Me: Is this the first time for you all? Aren’t you afraid of the tear gas and water cannon?

He: Yes, this is our first Bersih and no, we’re not afraid. If they want to shoot us with tear gas and water cannon, shoot lah! (he pointed angrily at the policemen).

This family was from a rural village, yet they are very protective of their voting rights. To them, their votes are not just a piece of blank paper but their voices of approval or disapproval of how the country was run. Bravo Pakcik and family!

Next, I spoke to a middle-aged Malay couple who were sitting under a tree just in front of the barbed wire with the policemen staring hard at them. Both were wearing the yellow Bersih T-shirts completed with head bands. They were even holding yellow colored Angry Bird balloons.

Me: Encik (mister), where are you both from?

She: Kajang (smiling and showing me their yellow balloons)

Me: Are you going home tonight or are you going to sit here until day-break?

He: We’ll stay here. We’re afraid we could not get any public transport tomorrow to come here again.

Me: What inspired you both to come for this rally?

She: We wanted a clean and fair election; it’s for our country and our grandchildren.

Me: Are you both still working?

She: No, we’ve both retired recently. Our pension is very little. It’s very difficult to survive now – the prices of things had gone up. It is hard even to pay the utility bills. We eat simple meals every day and here, our first lady went overseas shopping for luxury items. This is not fair! (by now she looked very angry indeed).

Me: Is this your first Bersih?

He: No, our second. We came out last year for Bersih 2.0.

Me: Are you afraid of being gassed, beaten or arrested?

He: Of course we feared being hurt but no choice, we still have to come out (his wife smiled and nodded in agreement).

This couple came out because they are not satisfied with their daily life, struggling on a mere pension while the elite and powerful lead lavish lifestyles. Can you blame her for being so angry? She finds it hard to pay her utility bills while the wife of the present prime minister shops like a queen or billionaire.

However, two days after Bersih 3.0, I meet two persons with different sets of mentality.

Eugene was a dental student at the university hospital where I was getting a dental treatment.

Me: Eugene, did you go for Bersih 3.0?

He: No, I’m not interested in such things (smiled innocently at me).

Me: Where were you on 28th April 2012?

He: I’m at my hostel in Kampung Baru, near Dataran Merdeka and I dare not go out on that day.

Me: So where did you read or heard about this rally?

He: I read the Star and listen to news from TV3. The protesters are real hooligans, they started the violence first, that’s what the news said (my heart goes out to him. He got news from the wrong sources!)

Me: Eugene, you should go, and then you will know who is telling the truth and who is lying. By the way, have you registered as a voter yet?

He: No, not yet, I’m 24 only! One person less makes no difference.

Me: You should register once you reached 21and take part in determining your future in this country! (he laughed but did not speak anymore. He looked very ignorant to me).

He: My parents vote. That’s enough.

Me: Did you take the PTPTN loan?

He: Yes, and I have to repay with 1% interest, I think it’s fair.

Me: Fair? Malaysia is an oil-producing country. We are so rich in black gold and just like Brunei; we should get free education from kindergarten to university level!

He: Really? Is that possible?

Me: Of course, if we plan and spend wisely. Do you mind paying so much for your tertiary education?

He: No. My parents are both secondary school teachers and they could easily afford it.

Me: How about the rest of your course mates, they are paying higher interest if their parents are not government servants, right?

He: Yes, but I don’t care. It’s their business.

Eugene is 24 and going to graduate as a trainee dentist soon but he was so naïve about his rights. Sadder still, he was perfectly happy with the way things were, unlike those young people on the streets on 28th April 2012.

Later in the evening I met another Malaysian. He was a Malay taxi driver, waiting for his son to be dismissed from class. Sometimes I chatted with him as his son and my daughter were school-mates.

Me: Encik (mister), did you take part in Bersih 3.0

He: No, it is stupid and foolish to do so! (looking irritated)

Me: Why did you think like that?

He: I have enough to eat. I can easily earn about RM45 a day. I stayed in a government flat. My son can go to school. So what’s more should I ask for?

So, he was satisfied with life, it seems. Earning RM1, 350 a month, staying in a cramped government flat and seeing his son got a basic education is enough for him. When you demand very little, you will get very little; when you demand more, you will get more. No wonder he does not want to come out to demand more because he was truly satisfied with what little that he already has.

Back to our fourth prime minister, according to the media, he accused this rally was organized by Anwar Ibrahim, the country’s top opposition leader. MM was at his most Machiavellian self, denying the truth again. No, we are not doing it for Anwar or anybody else. Why 250,000 people should come out to the streets under the hot sun for hours and got gassed and sprayed for one man’s sake? Some even got beaten up and arrested. We have better things to do than this. It is for us, the country and the future generation. Why is it so hard to understand? He was a medical doctor and a seasoned politician, not a mental retard, so he better soak up the message, whether he like it or not. Even his own daughter Marina came out too, surely she did not do it for her dad’s worst enemy, did she?

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The fourth prime minister of Malaysia once said public demonstration is not a part of Malaysian culture. Time and time again, we have proven him wrong. Each time, the crowd that came out got bigger than the previous one. According to Malaysiakini, almost 250,000 people came out to walk in the streets of Kuala Lumpur yesterday for Bersih 3.0 Duduk Bantah, the call for a clean and fair election.

Malaysians simply got wiser, braver and more frustrated. Nothing could change this tide other than reforms but the stubborn authorities just could not get this message. It has completely lost touch with its people. Instead of reason and goodwill, all it can do and do well is to lash out violence on unarmed citizens who came out to the street to express their wishes. Woes betide this nation when its young people got restless and angry. Most of the people who came out today are young and from all races. It’s a pity those in power could not read this sign.

We have also proven Raja Petra Kamaruddin wrong when he said Malaysian Chinese are cowards. You could only see it to believe it. Many Chinese came out this time, they were everywhere, marching and chanting “Bersih.” Even aunties and uncles were there as they were no longer fearful of May 13. So, eat your words, RPK!

Around 3.40 p.m. the police began to fire at the crowd in front of the Bar Council. We were standing on the road, under the hot afternoon sun, singing “Negaraku” and chanting “Bersih”, “Hidup Rakyat”, “Hentikan Rasuah” and “Buka Pintu.” After the second bell rang, the police truck surged forward and began spraying at all directions. People panicked and ran helter-skelter. “Lari, lari, run, run!” could be heard.

I too, ran towards Central Market. For the first time in my life, I came into contact with acid water.  It was not a nice experience. My eyes and throat burned, my heart beat faster and I vomitted as I felt my stomach being clawed at. My mind turned blank for several minutes. Seeing the police truck coming after us,  I ran to a lane along Lorong Warisan to rinse my eyes with some mineral water and borrow some salt from another lady who had some to spare. It was terrible, really.

“Aduh, zalimnya polis ini!” another elderly lady was heard groaning near the drain. She was trembling with tears. The scene near the Bar Council and HSBS Bank was like a war zone. The air was thick with smoke and people were seen running for their lives and screaming from pain.

“Hey, where are you?” I called my husband when I recovered from the ordeal. He was busy taking pictures near the bridge in front of Loke Yew Building when the police attacked and ran with a large crowd towards Jalan Yap Ah Loy. “I am near Bangkok Bank now. Stay where you are and I will come to get you,” he replied.

Next, we went to Jalan Tun H.S. Lee where the crowd had regrouped. We continued chanting, “Bersih, Bersih” and “Hidup Rakyat, Hidup Rakyat” and the same police truck appeared right in front of us again, this time at the junction of Bangunan Hong Leong and Restaurant Lai Foong. When the chanting got too loud for them to bear, they got agitated and started to fire tear gasses at the people again.

Once more, we ran and ran, some towards the old Chinese temple and others, into back lanes near Jalan Petaling. I ran as fast as I could and found a safe haven at Hotel Chinatown. There, I rinsed my eyes and borrowed some salt from other participants. “This is simply too much!” I heard some people standing next to me exclaimed; they were stunned by the police’s barbaric tactics. “They cannot do this to us!” another group of young ladies cried out, some were seen clearly shaken. “We are going to vote them out, just wait and see!” they screamed, wiping their eyes with wet towels.

“Hey, I am near the old Chinese temple, make your way to the Jalan Sultan’s empty car park again and wait for me there,” my husband instructed. When the smoke had been blown away by the wind, I walked towards Jalan Sultan. By now it was almost 5.30 p.m. and the crowd had thinned out. Some went to regroup near Jalan Silang and scores of people were still loitering around Puduraya. Helicopters were still seen hovering above the skies in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

An ambulance was seen near the Scout House along Jalan Hang Jebat and they were giving out mineral water to the participants. We quenched our thirst and sat down to catch a breath. “Let’s go home, I could not walk anymore,” I told my husband. “Okay,” he replied and I could see he was suffering from sun burn, standing under the hot sun the whole afternoon. He was also completely drenched by acid water and his eyes were red from the stinging.

As we walked home along Jalan Hang Jebat, we both joked and laughed.

“So now you got the first hand experience!” he teased me. It was the second Bersih rally for him.

I nodded and laughed. “I’ve survived war zone and I’ll come out again if there is another Bersih rally!”

On 28th April 2012, the word “Bersih” which means clean vibrated around the globe. I am glad to be part of this history.

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Just voting is not enough. YOUR VOTE MUST COUNT.

It will count only if the elections are going to be CLEAN & FAIR.

Support Bersih 3.0 in its 8 demands

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SPR for there to be CLEAN & FAIR Elections.

We only have a day left.

In case you are still wondering whether you should go to Dataran Merdeka tomorrow afternoon, here are some questions to help you make up your mind, because time is really running out.

  1. Are you a genuine (not instant) and concerned Malaysian citizen?
  2. Are you above 21 and a registered voter?
  3. Are you convinced that the Election Commission is not impartial enough in discharging its duty?
  4. Are you disenchanted with the way this country is run?
  5. Do you think you deserve a better future here?
  6. Do you love this country but not proud of it at the moment?
  7. Do you have children and love them very much?
  8. Do you wish to see them live in a harmonious and progressive country?

 It is really, really up to you to decide what to do. You  can stay home. Make yourself a glass of chilled lemonade. Switch on the air-conditioner. Curl up on the luxurious sofa with your dog on your laps. Take out an interesting novel to read. Listen to some songs on the radio. Watch some nice movies on TV. Relax. Take a break. After all, it is a hot and lazy Saturday afternoon and you have already worked hard the whole week.

But over at the historic square, thousands and thousands of discontented Malaysians will gather for a sit-in protest under the hot April sun. The possibility of being douse with acid water, hit by tear gas, kick, beaten and drag to the waiting police van is there. Join them if you wish. They are there to tell the government that they want a clean and fair election.

Please do not, even for one moment, think that this event is for Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang or Tok Guru Nik Aziz. No, it is not for them at all. They are politicians and they have nothing to do with Bersih which is actually a coalition of 84 non-governmental organizations demanding for a clean and fair election, nothing more and nothing less.

So, can you see it is for us, our children and our beloved country?

Annie Ooi, 66, also known as “Aunty Bersih”, has a good point when she said in a recent video clip, “Rise, senior citizens who are still fit to move around, aiyoh, come out lah, do not always hide at home and let the younger ones go out to face the tear gas and water cannons! Not fair lah, like this! Lead them; lend them your wisdom and courage! You are sitting around only; surely the police dare not provoke you!” She could be right. While the police might kick, punch and arrest us the younger ones, I don’t think they dare to lay their hands on the older folks for the whole world will be watching the event.

I met Pak Samad at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall the other day during a press conference. He was 77 and looked very frail, like a piece of cotton. But his spirit and determination can put a younger person to shame. Despite his advanced age and an esteemed title to his name, he stood for what is right and just. He can choose to sit back and watch from a distance but no, he did not do that. Instead, he was right in the middle of the battlefield, fighting for others who could be so much younger than himself.

I think it all boils down to common sense and courage. Some people might said, “I think I will let others do it for me. One person less will not make any difference.” If every Malaysian thinks this way, then nobody will come out and things will remained status quo.

We have been openly taken for a ride for 55 years by this government. I knew it. You knew it. The whole world knew it too. It is not every day that we have the opportunity to gather together to say out loud and clear, “Stop, we have enough of all these nonsense. It’s time to buck up or pack up!” If we do not stand up this time, we really deserved to be swindled until the end of time.

If you are standing on the good side, what is there to fear or worry? This is no longer 1969. This is 2012. Things are more open now, with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube’s and blogs around. Nothing can be hidden anymore. The brutalities and violence lashed on the unarmed people will be screen all over the world so that the whole planet will know what is going on here. That’s the power of the internet.

“Yes, we’re prepared to face the music!” Ambiga Sreenevesan announced at the same press conference. I trusted this courageous lady. Because of her leadership, I, along with 500,000 Malaysians living in the country or abroad will come out tomorrow to take back what is rightfully ours.

If we have to face the acid water, tear gas and beatings, so be it. You can beat down some of us but you cannot beat down 500,000 people.

I have a fear too, that people might get injured like in the two previous rallies, but I will stick to my decision. I know I will live to be proud of it. At least I can look into the eyes of my children and tell them this, “Look, I’ve done my part – for us!”

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A group of mothers started this pledge to support Bersih 3.0 and demand a clean and fair election. As a mother to two children, I fully agreed with their pledge and would like to share it with my readers. I believed some of you are mothers too.

We are mothers coming from all over Malaysia. We have decided to step forward to support the BERSIH 3.0 nationwide and worldwide sit-in, solemnly urging the Election Commission and the Najib Administration to implement comprehensive electoral reform before the next elections.

While traditionally mothers do not care much about politics, politics however deeply affect every family and the future of every child.

The health of our national economy affects our lives in very far-reaching ways: inflation is making it so hard for many just to make ends meet while day by day extravagance, mismanagement and corruption is pushing the country to the edge of bankruptcy. The failing education policy is depriving children and parents of choices and equality. Ordinary Malaysians are feeling disregarded, deprived and discriminated against, thanks to some little Napoleons in the government departments. And years after years, traffic jams and crimes never fail to ruin our happy moments. Politics is affecting the daily life of every family, every minute and every second.

We always worry that we may not afford to pay for our children’s college education someday. We always wonder: why some kids can never find enough teachers or facilities in their schools? And why some kids have to wake up early and brace traffic jams to go to school? We are always puzzled: why are our police more interested in suppressing and monitoring citizens, rather than chasing and catching criminals, so that our children may leave home happily and return safely?

As mothers, we feel most strongly the impact of all these problems affected by politics. However, what can we do other than worrying and feeling helpless?

We often feel that we can’t do anything to stop corruption, abuse of power or misuse of resources by the powerful. We are shocked to see so many unbelievable things happening in this country yet we can’t do anything. .

As far as the country’s future is concerned, our votes are our hope. As mothers, all we can hope is that with our votes, we can decide our fate and fight for a better and brighter future for our children.

However, when we realize that when electoral rolls are tampered, media are controlled and ballots are traded, so much so that even our vote can’t effective voice our choice, all we feel is anger!

As the guardians of our children, we cannot accept the utterly flawed electoral system and processes. If the governments were not produced by clean and fair elections, how can they protect the future of our children?

We firmly believe, our generation must not leave this mess to the next generation. This is not fair to our children. Therefore, as mothers of our children, we must categorically state our stand: we support the electoral reform demanded in the BERSIH 3.0 sit-in, We have no patience to wait for another five or ten years. We don’t want to have any more phantom voters. We want clean and fair elections.

Therefore, we urge the Election Commission and the Najib Administration to promise the full implementation of BERSIH 2.0’s 8 demands before the next general elections:

1. Cleaning the electoral roll
2. Reforming postal ballots
3. Use of indelible ink
4. A Minimum Campaign period of 21 days
5. Free and fair access to media
6. Strengthening public institutions
7. Stopping corruption
8. Stopping dirty politics

We also urge the Najib Administration to invite International Election Observers to monitor our next general elections to ensure its credibility and the legitimacy of the next government. If even Burma dare to invite international election observers, why can’t Malaysia?

Last but not least, we urge all Malaysian mothers to gather together at Dataran Merdeka or any other sit-in venue nationwide and worldwide to show in action our unwavering determination for electoral reform.

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Article from : Mamas@Bersih 3.0 Pledge

Clean Elections for Our Children – The Declaration of Mamas@BERSIH 3.0

Version: Bahasa Malaysia, English & Chinese

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I am very excited to hear that we are going to have another Bersih rally at the end of this month. As expected, the Election Commission (EC) has turned down our demands to implement some electoral reforms before the next general election (PRU 13) due sometime this year. We have given EC more than enough time – 9 months to be exact and most of these reforms do not need to go through Parliament for approval.

Good, now we have a valid reason to come out to the streets again and exercise our constitutional rights collectively, as matured Malaysian citizens of all creeds and ethnicity. I suggested that we hold simultaneous rallies in all major towns in the country on the same day, not just in Kuala Lumpur alone. Do it also in Penang, Ipoh, Johor Baru or Kota Kinabalu, just show them that we wanted electoral reforms. Malaysians residing overseas are also encouraged to hold rallies in their places of reside, just like what they did for Bersih 2.0. Let the voice of Bersih reverberates from New York to Sydney!

Our former Prime Minister said rallies are not part of Malaysian culture. Of course we have proven him wrong a few times and he is foaming in the mouth right now. Look at the interests and intensities generated by Bersih 1.0,  Bersih 2.0 and the recent Himpunan Hijau 2.0. Thousands and thousands of Malaysians poured onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan amidst threats from the police and the whole world saw what happened during those rallies – thanks to Al Jazeera and CNN. That is the power of internet!

Many people, especially those from the older generation, still harbored some fear of reprisals. Auntie Bersih changed all that by coming out for Bersih 2.0 on 9th July 2011. She was soaked from head to toe by acid water but she walked on. We also have Pak Samad who walked all the way to the King’s palace to hand his memorandum but was turned away.

Of course there are some who do not want to rock the boat –they have a roof over their heads, a nice car to drive around, three square meals a day and a comfortable job. In the end they chose to stay at home to relax or go shopping and let others do the battle for them even though they are equally affected by the bad governance of the present regime in one way or another.

Corruptions are getting rampant in all spheres of our daily lives, racial and religious tensions are reaching boiling point, our public institutions are crumbling one by one, oil prices increases, toll rates rises, utilities rates shoots up – please don’t tell me you guys are not affected!

Come on folks, don’t be so selfish and timid, times had change. Rallies, once taboo in previous decades, had increasingly become a trend now, especially among the younger Malaysians. Today we are wiser and braver in voicing out our unhappiness. Show the authorities that you wanted a clean and fair election. Why participate in one that everyone knew is tainted?

If we do not wish to see Indonesians, Filipinos, Burmese, Vietnamese, Bangladeshis and China nationals queuing alongside with us on polling day and masqueraded themselves as Malaysians voters, come out and join us in the streets! Do not just sit at home and complain. This won’t get you anyway.

Here are the eight demands of Bersih 2.0 to refresh us lest we forget:-

1. Clean the electoral roll

The electoral roll is marred with irregularities such as deceased persons and multiple persons registered under a single address or non-existent addresses. The electoral roll must be revised and updated to wipe out these ‘phantom voters’. The rakyat have a right to an electoral roll that is an accurate reflection of the voting population.

In the longer term, BERSIH 2.0 also calls for the EC to implement an automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities.

2. Reform postal ballot

The current postal ballot system must be reformed to ensure that all citizens of Malaysia are able to exercise their right to vote. Postal ballot should not only be open for all Malaysian citizens living abroad, but also for those within the country who cannot be physically present in their voting constituency on polling day. Police, military and civil servants too must vote normally like other voters if not on duty on polling day.

The postal ballot system must be transparent. Party agents should be allowed to monitor the entire process of postal voting.

3. Use of indelible ink

Indelible ink must be used in all elections. It is a simple, affordable and effective solution in preventing voter fraud. In 2007, the EC decided to implement the use of indelible ink. However, in the final days leading up to the 12th General Elections, the EC decided to withdraw the use of indelible ink citing legal reasons and rumors of sabotage.

BERSIH 2.0 demands for indelible ink to be used for all the upcoming elections. Failure to do so will lead to the inevitable conclusion that there is an intention to allow voter fraud.

4. Minimum 21 days campaign period

The EC should stipulate a campaign period of not less than 21 days. A longer campaign period would allow voters more time to gather information and deliberate on their choices. It will also allow candidates more time to disseminate information to rural areas. The first national elections in 1955 under the British Colonial Government had a campaign period of 42 days but the campaign period for 12th GE in 2008 was a mere 8 days.

5. Free and fair access to media

It is no secret that the Malaysian mainstream media fails to practice proportionate, fair and objective reporting for political parties of all divide. BERSIH 2.0 calls on the EC to press for all media agencies, especially state-funded media agencies such as Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM) and Bernama to allocate proportionate and objective coverage for all political parties.

6. Strengthen public institutions

Public institutions must act independently and impartially in upholding the rule of law and democracy. Public institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney-General, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC), Police and the EC must be reformed to act independently, uphold laws and protect human rights.

In particular, the EC must perform its constitutional duty to act independently and impartially so as to enjoy public confidence. The EC cannot continue to claim that they have no power to act, as the law provides for sufficient powers to institute a credible electoral system.

7. Stop corruption

Corruption is a disease that has infected every aspect of Malaysian life. BERSIH 2.0 and the rakyat demand for an end to all forms of corruption. Current efforts to eradicate corruption are mere tokens to appease public grouses. We demand that serious action is taken against ALL allegations of corruption, including vote buying.

8. Stop dirty politics

Malaysians are tired of dirty politics that has been the main feature of the Malaysian political arena. We demand for all political parties and politicians to put an end to gutter politics. As citizens and voters, we are not interested in gutter politics; we are interested in policies that affect the nation.

 

I had missed Bersih 2.0  but this time, I will not miss it for anything. My yellow Bersih T-shirt is ready and so too my walking shoes. Despite being discouraged by friends who feared for my safety (a woman should not participate in rallies but stayed at home, they said), I am going ahead with my plans to participate. I am not intimidated by tear gas, acid water or police batons. Chase us, frightened us, spray us, kick us if you must but I am going to be there. I knew I am doing it for my children and their children. They deserved a better Malaysia –if we do not act now, when? If we do not act for them, who will?

So see you on that day, let’s color our beloved country yellow again!

Also appeared in Malaysia Chronicle

Bersih 3.0: Rain or shine – I’m going to walk this time!

Written by  Frances Yip ( The Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter )

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