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St John’s Cathedral, Bukit Nanas
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IF ARRESTED, CALL
018 321 1506
011 1214 0877
The Bar Council has set up a team of lawyers to provide legal assistance to anyone likely to be arrested by police during the Bersih 4 rally, its president Steven Thiru said today.
He said rally-goers can send their details including their name, identity card number and the police station they are taken to (if known) via the short messaging system to two phone numbers provided.
The contact numbers are 018-321 1506 and 011-1214 0877.
“The urgent arrest team will try to contact the arrested person and to arrange legal assistance as quickly as possible,” he said in a statement today.
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28 August 2015
More than 29,000 people have downloaded the FireChat messaging application – popularised in last year’s Hong Kong protests – to stay connected if cellular networks are congested, according to developers Open Garden. The police did not respond to phone calls seeking comment on whether phone lines could be blocked.
M’sia braces for anti-Najib rally in latest test for PM
Police blocked off parts of the Malaysian capital as thousands of protesters prepared to descend on the city for a weekend rally demanding Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s resignation.
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, or Bersih 2.0, expects about 200,000 people to demonstrate in Kuala Lumpur in its third major protest since Najib came to power in 2009. Police have deemed the gathering illegal and around 4,000 of them will be deployed.
Malay Mail Online
Perak Bersih 4 supporters to converge by rail and road
IPOH, Aug 28 ― More than 5,000 people from Perak are expected to join the Bersih 4 rally with a large number of them travelling on their own to the meeting points arranged by the rally organisers.
A check by Malay Mail at the KTM Bhd’s ETS (electric train service) counters at the Ipoh railway station yesterday showed tickets were no longer available for those who want to travel to Kuala Lumpur today.
A counter staff said tickets for all eight trains to Kuala Lumpur today were sold out a few days ago, a situation that normally does not occur.
Similarly, tickets for the morning trains tomorrow have been sold days ahead.
There are four trains scheduled to depart Ipoh between 5.15am and 12.15pm tomorrow.
Several members of various non-governmental organisations which Malay Mail spoke to yesterday said they would take the ETS to Kuala Lumpur either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Some of them said they bought the tickets a few weeks ago fearing tickets would be totally sold out if they were to buy at the eleventh hour.
There are also those who will be travelling using the express bus services from the Amanjaya Terminal in Meru Raya.
A check with ticketing counters staff showed tickets for most of the buses travelling to Kuala Lumpur between this evening and tomorrow morning have been sold out.
With a large number of people using public transport to travel, at least a few hundred supporters are going to Kuala Lumpur on buses arranged by political parties.
Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran said he and Ipoh Timur MP Thomas Su have arranged for about eight buses.
“All our buses are full. We will move on Saturday morning and alight in Brickfields before moving to the designated spots.
“We have advised rally participants from Ipoh to bring along salt, water, towel and to wear comfortable walking shoes,” he said.
27 August 2015
Malay Mail Online
Create special force to keep Bersih 4 peaceful, Kit Siang tells IGP
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 ― The police should form a special force led by a top-ranking officer to ensure that no “trouble makers” would sabotage the peaceful assembly of Bersih 4 this weekend, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today.
In a statement, the Gelang Patah MP stressed that the numerous Malaysians coming down to KL streets this weekend to exercise their democratic rights to voice out concerns for the country in peace.
“Hundreds of thousands of people will be streaming into the Federal Capital for Bersih 4 overnight rally on August 29 and 30, not to create chaos and mayhem…the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians come in peace to the Federal Capital and it is the special responsibility of the police to ensure such peace is not broken,” Lim said.
“I would urge the Inspector-General of Police to form a special police force headed by a top cop with one specific mission on August 29 to 30 ― to ensure that the peaceful nature of Bersih 4 rally is not broken or violated by any troublemaker.”
Failing to maintain the peace during assembly would cause Malaysia to become a rogue and failed state, Lim added.
Record donations for Bersih show strong protest against Putrajaya, say analysts
The record donations exceeding RM1.5 million collected by electoral reforms coalition Bersih 2.0 ahead of this weekend’s rally is an indication of the people’s wrath against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, analysts said.
They concurred that the main fundamentals that would bring the crowd together on August 29 were the people’s frustration over the RM2.6 billion donation deposited into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts, the scandal over state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and economic hardships.
Analysts said a large turnout could be expected at the Bersih 4 rally, given the amount donated by ordinary Malaysians and also the sale of merchandise, including the 35,000 Bersih T-shirts, which were sold out within days.
Centre for Policy Initiatives chief executive officer Dr Lim Teck Ghee said most people felt Umno and BN were to blame for the socio-economic and political reversals and as such, a large turnout could be expected this weekend despite threats by the authorities.
The donations from the public also indicate strong support for the rally and its objectives, he added.
Independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian agreed, saying that going by T-shirt sales alone, a large turnout could be expected.
The executive director of Merdeka Center said that the RM1.5 million donation collected from the public by the organiser was unprecedented.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/record-donations-for-bersih-show-strong-protest-against-putrajaya-say-analy?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.SmKJWbJw.dpuf
Leave your weapons at home, this is suppose to be a peaceful assembly. Dont escalate things. Bring ur balls though
Tak baca Bahasa Cina takpe. 没问题. A picture paints a thousand words. Faham2 lah.
Are You Ready to turn KL into ocean of yellow to “Save Malaysia” – For Peace, Justice, Democracy and National Unity?
Pre-Bersih4 in Batu Pahat.The great people of BP are ready – to “Save Malaysia” for unity, peace, justice n democracy
Party has begun at Batu Pahat last nite!!!!
#Bersih4 https://www.facebook.com/rong.ong.5/videos/1037195336292166/ … #JohoreanRocks
This was not a rock concert… Around 4,000 supporters attended this pre-
#bersih4 event in Batu Pahat last night!
26 August 2015
Bersih to press on even if key rally organisers barred
The 34-hour rally will go on even if police obtain a restriction order to stop key organisers from being present in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka, said a Bersih steering committee member.
New Sin Yew said the peaceful gathering was not about Bersih but to communicate to the government the legitimate grievances of the people.
“The rally is all about the people, and Bersih is merely facilitating the event,” New told The Malaysian Insider.
The constitutional lawyer said this in response to Bersih’s plans should the police move in with restrictions against the main organisers just as they did prior to the Bersih 2 (2011) and Bersih 3 rallies (2012).
In the last rally in 2012, police obtained a court order to bar close to 100 people from entering the city’s central business district. These people were barred under Section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code as they were deemed to be a nuisance.
Those who disobeyed the order were liable to a maximum six months’ imprisonment or a fine, or both, upon conviction.
But, PKR members, including former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Mohamed Azmin Ali, the current Selangor menteri besar, were acquitted as the Court of Appeal held last year that the order was defective.
New said Bersih would challenge the ex-parte order if it was served on them before the weekend.
“Such a move will be unconstitutional and an abuse of court process but the show will go on, no matter what,” New said.
26 August 2015: 6.00pm
1 Kit Siang and other DAP leaders will stay overnight for Bersih4
2 Perkasa President gives Perkasa members permission for Bersih4
3 Muhyiddin has been invited to Bersih4 (but is overseas now)
Kit Siang, DAP leaders to stay overnight for Bersih 4
Led by their 74-year-old parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, DAP leaders will stay overnight with the Bersih 4 protesters this weekend.
DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will attend the rally but won’t be spending the night as he is attending an official event in Penang on Aug 30.
Speaking at a press conference today, DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke said the party would also mobilise 10,000 members for the 34-hour rally, which starts this Saturday.
Perkasa members can join Bersih 4, boss gives green light
Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has given the green light for his members to join the Bersih 4 rally, which among others, demands the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
In the past, Perkasa had been a vocal critic of Bersih rallies, but now Ibrahim pointed out that Parliament has passed the Peaceful Assembly Act.
“It is an individual right whether to assemble or otherwise. Perkasa too has no problems with its members joining the rally,” he told a press conference today.
Asked if he agreed with the rally, Ibrahim replied: “As the president of Perkasa, my personal stand is to keep silent with regard to whether I support the rally or not.”
‘Brave’ Muhyiddin gets Bersih 4 invitation
Harapan Baru Youth (Gam HB) have sent a letter inviting Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin to join this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally.
The letter was deposited into the former deputy premier’s mail box, as there was no representative of Muhyiddin’s to receive it.
“This is the instructions from Muhyiddin’s child,” a police personnel guarding the house in Bukit Damansara told Gam HB chief coordinator Mohd Sany Hamzan.
Muhyiddin is currently overseas and it is not clear when he will be back in Malaysia.
The police continue with their threats
Action will be taken against organiser if Bersih 4 goes on, say police
Police today warned electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 that action will be taken against them if they decide to proceed with the Bersih 4 rally as it has been classified as unlawful.
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah said despite being told at a meeting that the rally was unlawful, the organiser was adamant on proceeding with their plan to assemble in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka.
“It was the second meeting with the organiser where we listened to them about their plan on the rally. We also told them why the rally is unlawful.
“We told them that it’s an unlawful rally because the organiser failed to obtain permission as stipulated in Section 11 of Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and there simply cannot be two assemblies on the day at the same time,” Zainol said in a press conference at the district police headquarters.
He said the organiser was also informed that the police were not against the right of individuals to gather under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution but that there were limitations to the right.
“The Federal Constitution gives the right to assemble peacefully but it is still within necessary limitation. The freedom to assemble is not an ultimate right,” he added.
The police also advised the public not to attend the rally.
Wednesday August 26, 2015 MYT 2:07:58 PM
Maria Chin: Police understand Bersih 4 won’t enter Dataran
KUALA LUMPUR: Police and electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 have cleared the confusion over the exact location the protesters of Bersih 4.0 would be gathering on Aug 29 and 30.
Bersih 2.0 chief and activist Maria Chin Abdullah said the police finally understood that protesters would only be gathering in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka, as opposed to entering the square, during the rally.
“They were under the impression that we were going to enter the square but we’re not.
“Since that has been cleared, we are negotiating with the police on how to go about it,” she said outside of Dang Wangi police district headquarters after a meeting with the police on Wednesday.
Maria, who labelled the meeting as “positive”, said they would be re-planning their routes as several points in Kuala Lumpur would be closed for Merdeka celebration.
“We are cooperating with the police. The police have also assured us that they will be facilitating us in terms of security.
Lawyers for Liberty (LFF) will there for you!
Rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFF) will provide legal aid to those arrested by police during this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally, its executive director Eric Paulsen said.
He said so far, 15 lawyers participating in the rally have signed up to assist rally goers.
“The difference is that LFL members will be wearing yellow Bersih T-shirts but will act in case other members of the public are arrested and detained,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
Paulsen said he expected more lawyers to sign up to be with the crowd during the 34-hour rally which starts on Saturday.
“We should be able to iron out the logistics before the start of the rally,” he added.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/lawyers-group-bar-council-to-aid-bersih-4-participants?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.5g1k1ZNP.dpuf
26 August 2015
Free lunch for 300 wearing Bersih 4 T-shirt
At ‘333 Economy Rice’ stall at the DG Food Court in Taman Wawasan, near Puchong. From 12nooon to 2pm, 29 August 2015.
Sorry, non halal food…
An economy rice seller lamenting that he won’t be able to make it to the Bersih 4 rally has reportedly resorted to another way of supporting the movement – free lunch for those who show up wearing a Bersih 4 T-shirts.
The stall owner, Liu Zhi Qiang, said that from noon until 2pm on Aug 29, he would have 300 packs of economy rice to be given away at his ‘333 Economy Rice’ stall at the DG Food Court in Taman Wawasan, near Puchong.
The rally itself is slated to start in Kuala Lumpur at 2pm on the same day.
He also expressed regret that the food at his stall is non-halal, meaning that he would not be able to provide for Muslim Bersih supporters even though he believes that support for Bersih should be something that cuts across race and religious barriers.
The 300 packets of free meals would be served on a first-come-first-serve basis over the two-hour period, or until stocks run out.
He estimates that if each person eats RM6 worth of food, it would cost him RM1,800 to provide the free meals.
25 August 2015
5.43pm: More Bersih4 tee-shirts have arrived!
1 Hindraf: Indians, join Bersih4 rally
2 KL Chief Police Officer: Bersih4 is illegal
3 Home Ministry: Bersih4 is illegal organization
4 Dep IGP: No tasers for Bersih4
Back Bersih 4 rally, Hindraf tells Indians
Hindraf advisor N Ganesan has called on the Indian rights movement to throw its support behind the Bersih 4 rally which it sees as an opportunity for a new and re-aligned progressive force to institute change in the country.
He said the ongoing political crisis today, which had sparked the Bersih 4 rally, had likewise impacted the already oppressed Indian poor.
“Being right at the bottom, the marginalised Indian poor today are hit extremely hard by the rot at the top – of the corrupt, oppressive and utterly self-serving policies of the ruling elite.
“They are most in need of basic policy changes,” he said in a statement today.
Ganesan believes that the Bersih 4 rally will be an opportunity to change this.
“A people’s movement such as the planned Bersih 4 rally, pushing for such change does have the potential for improving the lives of these people in spite of the risks of being made use of by other sections of the elite.
“We have to, however, keep clear in mind that after a rally of this nature the current political elite will not immediately be relieved of their power.
“What this rally provides, therefore, is the possibility for new alliances to create the force capable of bringing about that ultimate outcome,” he said.
KL CPO: Planned Bersih 4 rally deemed illegal
The planned Bersih 4 public gathering this weekend in the federal capital is deemed prohibited or illegal as the organisers have failed to meet a condition in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, reports Bernama.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Md Isa said based on Section 9 of the Act, the organisers must obtain the permission of the owner of the venues they planned to hold the rally.
However, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has stood firm in not allowing the rally to be held in the city, particularly Dataran Merdeka and Dataran DBKL and the surrounding areas.
“We will take stern action (against the rally participants) under the existing legal provisions. We have laws, so respect the laws,” he said at a joint news conference with Kuala Lumpur mayor Mhd Amin Nordin in Kuala Lumpur today.
Home Ministry says Bersih 4 illegal organisation
Electoral reforms rally Bersih 4 is an illegal organisation, Putrajaya declared today, advising Malaysians not to attend the overnight protest in three cities across Malaysia this weekend.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said the ministry has found that Bersih 4 has caused uneasiness and worries among Malaysia’s multi-racial citizens.
“The Home Ministry has investigated Bersih 4 and found that it is not a registered organisation.
“As such, the ministry is requesting the public not to attend the gathering on August 29 to 30 as it did not obtain the authorities’ approval, and it is organised by the unregistered organisation,” he said in a statement today.
No taser guns for Bersih 4, deputy IGP says
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim denied today taser-like stun guns will be used against potential lawbreakers at this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally, but admitted that the authorities are already equipped and trained to use such a weapon.
BEWARE OF THE COPS’ NEW WEAPON: TASERS
Police might expand their anti-riot arsenal to include taser guns for this weekend’s Bersih 4.0 rally if the situation warrants it.
Deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said today protesters might be stunned with an electric charge if they riot, become violent or resist arrest.
“In any situation, the police will follow their standard operating procedure (SOP).
“If the situation needs to be controlled, police will use the tasers to stun the suspect, in line with their SOP,” he said as reported by Oriental Daily.
Rashid said police have a small number of tasers at the moment and those authorised to use them have undergone professional training.
Police grade stun guns have a range of 35 feet.
It fires two hooks, which then deliver severe jolts of electricity to temporarily incapacitate the target.
PKR Youth’s Skuad to be deployed for Bersih 4 rally
Geraldine Tong Today 12:56 pm Today 12:59 pm
PKR’s Youth wing Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK) will be sending their safety team ‘Skuad’ to help facilitate the Bersih 4 rally to be held this weekend, PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said today.
“The AMK safety team Skuad will officially be helping out at the Bersih 4 rally to ensure it progresses peacefully and safely for everyone.
“They have undergone training and have been given briefings regarding the Bersih 4 rally,” he told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.
According to him, there will be 700 Skuad members deployed for the rally.
An Appeal for Funds for BERSIH 4
1] You may donate online
Account No: 512295102931
Bank: Maybank PJ Old Town Branch
Account Name: Bersih & Adil Network Sdn Bhd
2) Write a check in the name of Bersih & Adil Network Sdn Bhd and deliver or mail to:
No. 13, Lorong 4/48E, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel:+603 7784 4977
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Bengkel Hak anda dan Kuasa Polis, anjuran Bersih dan Suaram. Rabu ini 26 Ogos, 8 malam di KLSCAH. Sebarkan!
Workshop your rights and Police Power, clean and organized by Suaram. Wednesday August 26, 8 night stay at KLSCAH. Spread the word!
As the Bersih 4 rally approaches, organisers express hope that Malaysians will not be cowed after vandals wreaked damage on a Volkswagen Beetle belonging to Bersih 2.0’s Thomas Fann.
Fann said despite the attack that was meant to put a dent in Bersih’s planned roadshows, the organisers would not back down and hoped that the public would do the same.
“I am heartbroken but this is what we are facing. Thugs. But we will persevere,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
“My hope is that people with Bersih 4 stickers on their cars or anything with the Bersih sign will not be intimidated.”
Fann’s car was damaged early this morning by vandals who threw acid over the vehicle, spray-painted vulgar words on it, slashed two of its tyres and cut the fan belts.
Fann, who is Bersih 2.0’s southern peninsula vice-chairman, said the car was parked near Bersih’s office in Taman Molek, Johor Baru when the incident took place.
“I left it with my staff to look after it. And we were going to take it to Kluang this morning for a roadshow. The staff parked it in a hidden place near our office.
“The incident happened at about 3am to 4am this morning,” he said, adding that a police report had been lodged.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/we-will-persevere-bersih-says-after-beetle-vandalised?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.o8CR82RX.dpuf
11:48AM Aug 22, 2015
Bersih car splashed with acid, vandalised
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle which was used to promote the upcoming Bersih 4 rally was found to have been splashed with acid this morning.
It was also sprayed with red paint, according to Bersih officer Mandeep Singh.
“The Bersih 4 Classic Volkswagen Beetle was splashed with acid, sprayed with paint and damaged,” he decried in a Facebook posting.
Mandeep added that he and Bersih steering committee members Wong Chin Huat and Thomas Fann were to travel in the vehicle this morning to promote the Bersih 4 rally.
The vehicle was vandalised when it was parked at Taman Molek, Johor.
8:14PM Aug 19, 2015
‘Police aware Bersih 4 rally not at Dataran’
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah today said police are spinning the truth about the NGO’s application for the Bersih 4 rally to be held on Aug 29 and 30.
“I feel that they (the police) are being very unfair and they didn’t tell the truth,” she said when contacted by Malaysiakini today.
Earlier today, Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Mohd Isa claimed the Bersih 4 rally organiser had not yet completed all the documents required for the police to approve their application.
“They can submit the documents any time before the rally date and only after that will we consider their application (to hold the rally),” he told Bernama.
Maria Chin, however, said that police had refused to accept their submission of the application forms along with a letter of notice to the police on Tuesday.
“They refused to take the form and the notice letter. Refused to even acknowledge them. They didn’t even want to stamp the documents,” she said.
Asked if they were given a reason for the documents to be refused, she said they were not.
She also pointed out that they were no longer holding the rally at Dataran Merdeka and instead it would be held within the vicinity of the landmark.
She said this was something they had already discussed with the Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz when they met him yesterday morning.
The police were present at this meeting, Maria said, adding that they should already be aware that the rally is no longer going to be held at Dataran Merdeka.
“It’s very disappointing that they (the police) now turn the story around,” she lamented.
WELL DONE, EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED but keep the money flowing into Bersih’s account!
Malay Mail Online
RM300,000 to fund Bersih 4 rally and roadshows, Maria Chin says
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 ― Over RM300,000 in donations have been collected to fund a rally for free and fair elections as well as road shows after the event, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said today.
She said the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) initially targeted RM200,000 in donations to fund mobile toilets costing RM200 each, water supply for rally participants and food for the volunteers as well for the two-day rally on August 29 and 30 in KL.
The fund will also cover communication equipments such as walkie-talkies and six public address (PA) systems as well as loud hailers.
“We have already reached our target but people are still donating. The balance will go into our post Bersih 4 rally activities.
“We still want to do institutional reform, we will do roadshows to show the people what our demands are all about,” she told Malay Mail Online over the phone.
Meeting Points for
18 August 2015
As expected, the pompous KL mayor says NO to use of Dataran Merdeka but Bersih says, “We’ll be there.”
1:45PM Aug 18, 2015
Bersih: We are not ‘too obedient’ to DBKL
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has denied that the coalition is being ‘too obedient’ in compromising with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Maria pointed out that DBKL had also told Bersih not to hold its rally on its planned date of Aug 29 to Aug 30, and to hold the rally at several alternative venues instead.
Despite this, the Bersih 4 rally will still be held in vicinity of Dataran Merdeka on the original date.
“It is not a matter of obedience or not… It is not meant to be confrontational. We will still exert our right to assemble, but within reasonable grounds,” she told reporters at the lobby of the DBKL headquarters today.
As expected, the pompous KL mayor says NO to use of Dataran Merdeka.
Aug 18, 2015
Mayor: Dataran off limits for Bersih 4
Kuala Lumpur City Hall mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz has squashed Bersih’s plan to hold its rally at the iconic Dataran Merdeka.
Amin Nordin said this is because Dataran Merdeka will be used for preparations and rehearsals ahead of the Merdeka Day Parade, and Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has agreed not to disrupt this.
Instead, the mayor said he was informed by Maria that participants will gather in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka.
Furthermore, Amin said the nearby Padang Merbok where several past demonstrations had been held will also be off limits for the rally as it will be used by the armed forces for their logistics during the parade.
However, Amin said he had no problems with the rally itself, as long as its participants behave.
17 August 2015
IGP wants Bersih to use Bukit Jalil stadium
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has urged election reforms pressure group Bersih to use the National Stadium for the Bersih 4 rally.
Khalid said that the stadium in Bukit Jalil was a suitable venue for a gathering of 100,000 people.
He said Dataran Merdeka and Padang Merbok in the heart of Kuala Lumpur was not suitable because the two venues would be used for the Merdeka Day celebration.
“Every year we celebrate Merdeka there. Why are they so insistent on doing it there on Aug 29 and 30? […] It is as though Malaysia has no other (suitable) venues.
“Apparently, 100,000 people will turn up. So the stadium is the best place for them. Surely they are not going to fit 100,000 people at Dataran Merdeka?” Khalid told reporters at Bukit Aman today.
He expressed hope that Bersih will be rational and practical in deciding on the rally venue.
15 August 2015
10:24PM Aug 15, 2015
Anti-Bersih group protests against Bersih 4
About 100 people held a peaceful assembly organised by Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia (GNM) in front of a shopping complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here today to call on police to stop Bersih 4.0 assembly scheduled to be held on Aug 29 and 30.
Its chairperson, Jamal Md Yunos said firm action should be taken as several previous Bersih assemblies affected the country’s peace and jeopardized the image of the country in the eyes of foreign tourists.
“I am calling on police to take stern action against its organisers, especially its chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah.
“I am calling on police to arrest and charge those involved as previous assemblies brought a host of problems,” he said when speaking at the assembly in front of Sogo shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur today.
The assembly today was attended by 15 non-governmental organisations such as the Malay Army Veterans Association, Ex-Army Traders Association and the Mind and Social Care Organisation.
Aug 15, 2015
Nur Jazlan: Rakyat no longer keen to demonstrate
The sentiment to demonstrate among the general public is no longer high, although there is a feeling of dissatisfaction against the government, said deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said this was proven since 1998 when Anwar Ibrahim was sacked as deputy prime minister.
“The people have become rational and they think about the long term. After 2013, the people are no longer keen (to demonstrate),” he told reporters after an Aidilfitri gathering at Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Bukit Mewah today.
He was asked on a Bersih 4 rally being planned to be held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching (Sarawak) and Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) on Aug 29 and 30 to demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
14 August 2015
8:19PM Aug 14, 2015
Bersih: No Unit Amal but 2,000 security volunteers
In the absence of PAS’s volunteer corps Unit Amal, Bersih said it has recruited 2,000 people to maintain crowd security for the Bersih 4 rally, slated for Aug 29 and Aug 30.
Apart from this, RM120,000 has also been raised for the electoral watchdog since the fundraising campaign was launched last week.
“We have 2,000 people. We have been recruiting; definitely, various political parties have helped us in recruiting.
“Only Bersih alone, we are aiming for 500 people. Hopefully, by next week, we will start the training,” Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah revealed this to Malaysiakini when contacted.
Previous Bersih rallies have been dependent on PAS’ volunteer security brigade for crowd control.
Bersih invites Nur Jazlan to rally in 2 weeks
Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 has invited Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed to join its upcoming rally in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month, following the newly appointed deputy home minister’s statement that Putrajaya had no problems with the planned gathering.
“Bersih 2.0 welcomes Nur Jazlan’s response and openly invites him to be part of Bersih 4, which is scheduled to take place in two weeks.
“He definitely will not have any problems being a part of the gathering with other Malaysians,” said chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
Nur Jazlan had said on Wednesday that he was optimistic that the rally will proceed with no untoward incidents but cautioned that the organisers would have to bear full responsibilities if there is any violence.
“We will keep an open mind about the rally. If it gets out of control, the police will have no choice but to take stern action.
“If (any violence) happens, Bersih needs to bear full responsibility,” he was quoted as saying by English-language daily The Star.
Maria today reminded Nur Jazlan that the police are responsible for ensuring peace and security, pointing out that the previous three peaceful rallies by Bersih saw police acted high-handedly in trying to disperse the crowd.
“The maths is simple, if the police can control themselves and remain calm, the gathering will also be peaceful and calm.”
She said the upcoming rally, which will be held for 34 hours from August 29 to 30, was never aimed to topple the government.
“The police should take all necessary steps to ensure participants are in a peaceful and calm situation, and not try to cause upheaval.
“If there are any participants who contravene the organiser’s call to gather peacefully and start to cause a ruckus, the police are welcome to arrest them,” she said, adding that both the police and the Home Ministry will be held responsible for any untoward incidents.
13 August 2015
COME FOR THE BERSIH 4 LAUNCH TOMORROW NIGHT!
Sorry for the short notice but BERSIH 2.0 is having our launch on Friday 14 August 2015 @ 8p.m. at MBPJ Dewan Sivik.
We have speakers from Pak Samad, G25, Jerit, ABIM, SIS, and many more and the programme will also be interspersed by songs, puisi, public voting on our B4 poster campaign, do the B4challenge and selling our B4 t-shirts.
See you all and bring your friends.
Maria Abdullah, Chair BERSIH 2.0
BERSIH 4: FIRST ARRESTS!
8:36AM Aug 13, 2015
Bersih volunteers nabbed over ‘misunderstanding’
Two volunteers of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) were nabbed by the police last night after hoisting a Bersih 4 launch banner at a roundabout near the Petaling Jaya Civic Hall.
However the duo – Adrian Lim Chee En and Mohd Faddhli Abdul Jaid – were released two hours later at 12:45pm after lawyers Ambiga Sreenevasan, Michelle Yesudas, Farhanah Halim and New Sin Yew went to the Petaling Jaya police headquarters where they were held.
Both Adrian and Mohd Faddhli were allowed to go home without their statements taken by the police.
According to Ambiga, the matter was a “misunderstanding” as the police thought the two Bersih volunteers were running away when they tried to question them.
“We are pleased with the police for taking care of them well. It appears to be some misunderstanding about the arrest. The boys are moving back towards their car and the police thought they were running away.
“This is the best experience I had with the police,” she said saying the police promised to inform her if they are going to call the two again for questioning.
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, who was also at the police headquarters, thanked the officers for resolving the matter amicably.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — Police arrested tonight two men who were hanging up banners in neighbouring Petaling Jaya on the upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally in the national capital on August 29 and August 30.
When contacted, polls reform group Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah confirmed the late night arrest, saying that the duo were hanging the banner for this Friday’s launch of the rally.
“There’s a Bersih launch on Friday to announce the rally,” she told Malay Mail Online, adding that the two are now at the Petaling Jaya police station.
Bersih 2.0 secretariat staff Mandeep Singh also confirmed that Adrian Lim Chee En and another volunteer identified only as Padil were arrested while putting up the banner near the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre, where the Friday launch would be held.
“I still don’t know why they were arrested but they were only fixing a banner,” he told Malay Mail Online.
Mandeep said 10 policemen in five patrol cars were involved in the arrest of the duo.
According to Mandeep too, the banner only contains the name of the rally, along with the venue, time and the five key demands of the rally.
Both our volunteers have been released. Our thanks to the police and the lawyers.
They were arrested for hanging banners of our #Bersih4 Launch, that will be taking place Friday night, 14th of August. Come show your support!
Two of BERSIH volunteers were arrested just outside Civic Hall MBPJ, while they were hanging #Bersih4 launch event banners. Both are being held at PJ police station. More to come…
Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah says Bersih 4 will be held at Dataran Merdeka.
Have you bought your Bersih 4 scarf and T shirt?
@bersih2 Reclaim parliamentary democracy. BERSIH! BERSIH!
Ahead of new rally, Bersih 2.0 expands list of demands
KUALA LUMPUR — Polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 today (Aug 10) added “strengthening parliamentary democracy” to its existing demands for free and fair elections, citing Putrajaya’s alleged use of laws to undermine the country’s electoral system.
The demand entails rejection of Section 124B of the Penal Code that pertains to “actions detrimental to parliamentary democracy”, which police have used to pursue public investigators over an alleged conspiracy to unseat the government.
“The Coalition of Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) calls upon Malaysians to reject abuse of Section 124B by joining Bersih 4.
“We must stand up for our embattled parliamentary democracy from further assaults from the Executive,” Bersih’s statement read.
ts previous four earlier demands are for clean elections, clean government, right to dissent and saving the economy.
“BERSIH 2.0 calls upon opinion leaders and supporters of Bersih 4 to help spread the understanding that we cannot save our economy without strengthening our democracy,” the movement further added.
THE MALAY MAIL ONLINE
An Urgent Appeal for Funds for BERSIH 4
August 10, 2015 0
An Urgent Appeal for Funds for BERSIH 4
Our nation is in crisis but the Rakyat is not, we will not stand by while injustices and abuse of power continue with impunity.
We the people are clear on what we want – A clean and fair elections will need a clean government. BERSIH – our most dynamic and largest peoples’ movement in Malaysia and among Malaysians overseas will go back to the streets to make four demands:
- Clean Elections
- Clean GOVERNMENT
- Save Our Economy
- Right to Dissent
These four demands will help strengthen our parliamentary democracy.
BERSIH needs RM200,000 to support the rally. Your contribution will help to pay for logistics, transport, rental of walkie -talkies, medical, printing, security costs and right down to practical needs such water and mats for the overnight rally.
Help us make a better Malaysia
1] You may donate online
Account No: 512295102931
Bank: Maybank PJ Old Town Branch
Account Name: Bersih & Adil Network Sdn Bhd
2) Write a check in the name of Bersih & Adil Network Sdn Bhd and deliver or mail to:
No. 13, Lorong 4/48E, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel:+603 7784 4977
Thank you for your support.
When all institutions failed, it is time for Rakyat to voice out!
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I am overnighting @BERSIH 2.0 [OFFICIAL]]]]4.0 rally – bring your sleeping bags etc and be ready — be there. I am there because 1MDB public funds were used to influence votes in GE13. Najib Razak is not taking leave for independant investigation to take place and denying rakyat from knowing the truth.
I can no longer stand by and see our votes being stolen at every elections – can you?
Malay Mail Online
Bersih can proceed with rally but must follow all laws, KL police chief says
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 ― Poll reform watchdog Bersih 2.0 need fear no crackdown on its planned rally next month to demand Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation as prime minister as long as it follows all laws, city police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa has promised.
The police will even help smoothen the process for participants if the group’s representatives go through the proper channels, Tajudidin said.
“They can do it as long as it is done according to and with respect to the law. We don’t have a problem,” he told Malay Mail Online when approached last night during the police Raya open house celebration in Sungai Besi.
“In fact we can help facilitate the rally if they write a letter in. As I said, just do it properly,” the senior policeman added.
And it’s official.
#Bersih4 from Aug 29 (2pm) to Aug 30, on the streets of KL, Kuching & KK.
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#Bersih4 announced! Simultaneous KL,KK,Kuching,global rally on 29-30 Aug: http://www.bersih.org/bersih-4-the-time-has-come/ …
#Bersih4 demands 1) PM must make public bank account details 2) PM must take leave pending probes 3) Accounts of PM’s familiy must be frozen
10 institutional reforms, 4 actions and 4 demands. 10-4–4.