Press statement: 16 June 2011
BERSIH 2.0: Focus on Demands of Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0
The demands of Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 promote a vibrant and transparent democracy. All citizens, politicians or otherwise, should only support these (not attack them) if they believe Malaysians deserve such a democracy. BERSIH 2.0 believes that Malaysians deserve an electoral system of integrity, strong and independent public institutions and a corrupt free society.
It has long been recognised that NGOs play a vital role in Malaysian society. They constitute Malaysian Civil Society and the voices of the people. Those that downplay the importance of Malaysian Civil Society downplay the importance of the voice of the people.
BERSIH 2.0 is a coalition of 62 NGOs who have a strong interest in promoting democracy and free and fair elections in Malaysia. The initial BERSIH coalition which organised the rally in 2007 consisted of NGOs and political parties as members of the coalition. However, BERSIH 2.0 which was launched on 10 November 2010 consists purely of members from civil society organisations. It is a citizens’ movement for free and fair elections. The BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee consists of 14 individuals who are representatives of their respective NGOs.
BERSIH 2.0 emphasises once again that the Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 is purely a civil society initiative and we have invited other organisations including political parties from all sides of the political divide to join us in upholding democracy and calling for electoral reform.
BERSIH 2.0 once again invites all interested Malaysians to attend and express their views at the Launch of Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 on 19th June 2011, during which we will explain further the 8 demands of BERSIH 2.0.
Details of the Launch of Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0:
Date : Sunday, 19 June 2011
Time : 8.30pm
Venue : KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0)
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Chairperson), Andrew Khoo, Arumugam K., Dr Farouk Musa, Haris Ibrahim, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Datuk Yeo Yang Poh, Zaid Kamaruddin, Dr Subramaniam Pillay and Arul Prakkash