Wednesday, 22 June 2011

What Are BERSIH 2.0's Demands?

In case you're wondering what we're marching for, these are the 8 immediate demands for Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0:

1. Clean the electoral roll
2. Reform postal ballot
3. Use of indelible ink
4. Minimum 21 days campaign period
5. Free and fair access to media
6. Strengthen public institutions
7. Stop corruption
8. Stop dirty politics

Looks like Radio Australia has caught a whiff of us. It's no wonder why.

This BERSIH movement is really going global, with Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Osaka, Korea, Taiwan, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles joining the fray.

It's gone from being an organised effort into a viral explosion.

It took the courage of the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee, led by a courageous Ambiga Sreenivasan, and now turned into a mega-movement!


Hitam Had said...

These "demands" are prerequisites for any country that claims to be democratic. Makes you wonder why the BN coalition is so dead against it. This refusal to accept the rights of the Rakyat reflects badly on the BN which is mandated to protect such rights.


Antares said...

As far as I can recall the EC has always been known to be merely a bureaucratic extension of the BN, especially UMNO. No amount of over-the-table negotiations has yielded any concrete results, and the last EC chairman - in a moment of unguarded candor - actually stated that the EC has a duty to ensure that political power remains securely in the hands of the Malays, which already shows that its aims are entirely at odds with the aspirations of the vast majority of Malaysians who yearn to evolve beyond communal politics and get down to refurbishing the machinery of governance so that it actually serves the public good rather than the private interests of a tiny handful. Naturally, the reactionaries in UMNO are incensed - because they realize a level playing field would bring an abrupt end to their glory days of conspicuous consumption and grandiose delusions.

Crankster said...

Hitam Had - how true. Most countries take it for granted, but we have to fight for it to be implemented. I never voted BN.

Antares - the fact that the last EC chairman warranted an amendment in the Federal Constitution due to his age is a matter of great perplexity for me.

A level playing field will end all hopes of UMNO retaining power ever again, I think.

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Cranky

Our friend Antares put it very well when he came up with the phrase

"Violent death throes of a rotten regime"

Phua Kai Lit

Crankster said...

I agree with the description of violent on this rotten regime, but I'm not so sure if these are death throes.

I certainly hope they are though.

The fact remains that we need to make a concerted effort for almost everyone to come out and support this rally.