Author: Bersih 2.0

Change polls system, not just processes

  By Maria Chin Abdullah, BERSIH 2.0 chairperson At the lecture organised by Bersih 2.0, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham) and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last Sunday, University of Glasgow’s Prof Sarah Birch, an international leading expert on electoral malpractice, one common question struck many members of […]

BERSIH 2.0’s delineation project turns a new page in collaboration with Tindak Malaysia

MEDIA RELEASE (22 July 2014)  The Delineation Action and Research Team (DART) joint project between the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) and ENGAGE is set to gain further traction with the support of Tindak Malaysia following a meeting between all parties last week in Kuala Lumpur. DART leader Thomas Fann, who is […]

Speech by BERSIH 2.0 chairperson at Opposition Leader’s 2014 State of the Nation Address

Speech by Maria Chin Abdullah, Chairperson of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) at the Opposition Leader’s State of the Nation Address: Towards A Cohesive Nation, on 9 July 2014 at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur.   Good evening to everyone. Thank you, Dato’ Seri, for giving me this opportunity. […]

Public Talk: Retaining power through elections: when “democracy” enables autocracy

Can “democracy” enable autocracy? Come listen to an international expert on elections. KL. Sunday 13 July, 2.30 pm.  Dear friends, The past two general elections, with two dominant coalitions, have fired the public’s imagination about what is a truly democratic process for electing a government. An expert on the subject, Professor Sarah Birch of the […]

Kebebasan Akademik dan Kebebasan Bersuara Terancam

KENYATAAN AKHBAR (1 JULAI 2014)   BERSIH 2.0 mengecam sekerasnya tindakan campur tangan Kementerian Pendidikan dalam urusan Universiti Malaya yang telah menyebabkan perletakan jawatan Pengarah Pusat Kajian Demokrasi dan Pilihan Raya Universiti Malaya (UMCEDEL), Dr Mohamad Redzuan Othman. Adalah amat mengecewakan apabila Kementerian Pendidikan menyerang Dr Redzuan dan hasil kajian akademik tinjauan dan persepsi pilihan raya […]

Downsize the PM’s Department, Cabinet, perhaps even Parliament!

BERSIH 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah takes issue with the PM’s cabinet ‘reshuffle’. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s further expansion – “reshuffle” would be completely misinformation — of his already bloated cabinet demonstrates a serious malaise in Malaysian politics: public offices are treated as private spoils, to be shamelessly shared and used as instruments to purchase and […]