Nov. 10th 2007 - Saturday/Sabtu
Dataran Merdeka - 3 pm
(in Yellow T-shirts, please)
BE THERE !!http://bersih.org/
As some are aware unfortunately not all. This rally to bring about fair and clean election. Not to mention to curb the abuse of power and stop corruption that has gone ever rampant.
Approximately 70 nongovernmental organizations and opposition political parties have asked the government to implement a series of reforms to address widespread election irregularities.
BersihÂ’s initial request to assemble in Merdeka Square in downtown Kuala Lumpur to march to the national palace to deliver a memorandum to the king was denied on the grounds that:
1. the organization was not a registered body,
2. City Hall had not approved use of the square,
3. the square would be otherwise occupied,
4. the march would inconvenience drivers, and
5. the march could affect public order.
The organizers disputed each of these points.
1. Although Bersih is not a registered organization, the participating groups are registered.
2. Organizers have pledged that Merdeka Square would be cleared in plenty of time for the subsequent event, and said that they chose this long holiday weekend to inconvenience as few drivers as possible.
3. To address public safety concerns, organizers have asked participants to refrain from carrying anything that could compromise the organizersÂ’ peaceful intent and have assured the police that 600 volunteers in addition to those from participating political parties would be on hand to ensure a nonviolent and safe event.
4. Observers from neutral organizations have also been recruited.
MalaysiaÂ’s parliamentary elections have been characterized by vote buying, the use of public resources by the ruling parties, and gerrymandering.
The Election Commission has been accused of bias.
Bersih has asked that indelible ink be used to prevent voters from casting more than one vote, removal of alleged phantom voters from the electoral rolls, elimination of the widespread use of absentee ballots by government workers, and access to state-controlled media by all political parties.
To date, the Election Commission has only agreed to using indelible ink.
Unfortunately i did not join the rally and will only be kept updated from the ground. As much as i would love to be down there , my position however will further compromise and cause disfavourable remarks upon me and those associated with me.