Media Statement (27 October 2014)
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) implores the Federal Court to hear and decide the appeal of Anwar Ibrahim against his ‘Sodomy II’ conviction impartially and without fear or favour.
The charges against the Opposition Leader are politically motivated and designed to stifle democracy. This continuing persecution of Anwar Ibrahim by the ruling coalition has jeopardised the administration of justice and the existing two-party political system in Malaysia.
Democracy in Malaysia will not flourish when opposition political party leaders are harassed with archaic and unjust laws.
The Federal Court, being the last bastion in Malaysia against authoritarianism, can right these wrongs.
BERSIH 2.0 hopes that the Federal Court will rise to occasion, see the charge against Anwar Ibrahim for what it truly is and come to a just decision in accordance to the rule of law and international standards of civil and political rights.
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0, which comprises –
Chairperson: Maria Chin Abdullah; Treasurer: Masjaliza Hamzah; national representatives: Prof Madya Dr Abdul Halim bin Yusoff, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and New Sin Yew; vice-chairpersons: Jannie Lasimbang (Sabah), Ahmad b. Awang Ali (Sarawwak), Abd Halim b. Wan Ismail (East Peninsula), Thomas Fann (South Peninsula), Simon Lee Ying Wai (Central Peninsula) and Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (North Peninsula).