Friday, 8 July 2011

BERSIH what does it mean to the rakyat?

To many Malaysian citizens, it is apparent that the principles of and practices surrounding our electoral system have been misused, manipulated and abused for years. In many cases, they are well documented. While appeals to the Elections Commission (EC) have been made time and again to correct these gaps, little action has been taken, with many excuses being made for said inaction. The Bersih 2.0 rally aims not just to push for reform of the Elections Commission, but also to correct and prevent these abuses from happening again. 

Elections are not fair because:

* Controlled, Government-Slanted Mainstream Media Coverage
Because of this the rakyat does not hear BERSIH's point of view as the government has been relentless (tak putus-putus) to paint BERSIH as illegal, nuisance. Wearing yelloh clothing or even carrying anything yelloh is deemed illegal. The authorities have threatened these papers if they don't tow the line their printing licences would be revoked. This is how the BN government works through threats and intimidation.

* Controlled, Government-Influenced Judiciary
The judiciary acts like civil servants as seen in the recent arrests in Penang of PSM members where the judge gave a 7day remand without looking into the evidence furnished by the lawyers. 6 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members including Dr Jeyakumar (Member of Parliament), have been rearrested earlier today under the Emergency Ordinance (EO), which allows for 60 day detention without trial, renewable for up to 2 years at the discretion of the Home Minister. The 6 were part of a group of 30 PSM activists who were remanded on 25 June for “waging war against the King”.

* Vote Buying

There has been numerous cases where members of rakyat have told stories of well paved roads in the estates, huge bags of money found in temples ...

* Barring of Oversight from Neutral International Observers


The Creative Wind of Bersih

Poet laureate A Samad Said's Poem on BERSIH - Unggun Bersih (Slow burning Fire of Bersih)

A creative Song on Bersih in Mandarin


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