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13 Nov 2016
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30 Oct 2016
MCA, which has little support from the Chinese, asks if Bersih has the support of the majority of Malays!
MCA questions Bersih support among Malay majority
PETALING JAYA: Bersih will not achieve its objectives if it only stands for the rights of the minority, says MCA religious harmony bureau secretary Chris Daniel Wong.
He said that recent comments made by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok had implied that the Bersih rally was being held only to uphold the rights of the minority, and not the country’s Malay majority.
“If the Malay majority has lost faith in Bersih as what Teresa implied, then it is fruitless for even the minority to assemble because without the majority, what Bersih hopes for will never be achieved,” Wong said in a statement on Sunday.
Teresa, who is DAP national vice-chairman, was quoted in an online portal as saying that the ‘red shirts’ led by Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos were threatening the democratic rights of the minority to peacefully assemble.
28 Oct 2016
300k to rally against Bersih on Nov 19, Jamal claims http://dlvr.it/MXmc24
Red-shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos has claimed that 300,000 people have pledged to rally against Bersih on Nov 19.
If true, this would be three times the crowd that Bersih 4 managed to pull at its peak during its two-day rally in August last year.
“We will not hesitate to do anything to stop the Bersih rally.
“For me, our struggle will continue even if we are bathed in blood,” Jamal said at a press conference at the Selangor Umno headquarters last night.
Jamal had made similar remarks at a rally in Kapar last Saturday and clarified that being “bathed in blood” meant the red-shirts getting covered in their own blood, not that of others.
27 Oct 2016
Red Shirts plan to counter-protest against Bersih 5
KUALA LUMPUR: The Red Shirts have submitted a notice to the police to hold a counter-demonstration against Bersih 5 at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 5.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pix) said organisers of the counter-demonstration notified police Tuesday of the planned gathering as confirmed by city police chief Comm Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
Khalid said police would be calling in the organisers to discuss their intention of holding the demonstration and determine whether the gathering was within the law.
“There’s a process they must follow. They need to get permission from the owner of the venue and obey the law. But at least the Red Shirts give notice.
“The ‘other’ group, however, doesn’t give us notice. We ask them to notify us before each gathering. But they hold their gatherings anytime they feel like it. We say the same thing everyday, yet they don’t listen.
WITHOUT PAS, WILL THERE BE MANY MALAYS?
In the first three Bersih rallies, PAS had mobilised the majority of the Malay participation.
PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan had previously said the party would not participate in the rally as Bersih currently had other objectives which were not in line with PAS’ stand.
Bersih: PAS no longer Malay crowd-puller
Bersih has brushed off concerns over PAS’ absence from its Nov 19 rally, saying that it does not need the Islamist party to persuade Malays to take to the streets this year.
Although the racial makeup of Bersih’s last rally was affected by PAS sitting out, Bersih deputy chairperson Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari said “non-PAS Malays” are now filling in the vacuum left by the party.
“If you notice, PAS (crowds) will have women sitting one side, man one side. But when we see a (Bersih) ceramah in Muar, Johor last week, the women are mixing up (with men). They are very active and asking questions.
“We have (received) overwhelming response,” he said, while present Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah added that the crowd gathered that day numbered to 400.
Greater Malay participation likely for Bersih 5
PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 today claimed that the backing it has received from the Malay community, who were largely absent in last year’s Bersih 4 rally, is encouraging.
Its treasurer Thomas Fann also hoped that the support the group has witnessed in the convoys leading up to Bersih 5, scheduled to be held on Nov 19, will lead to a good turnout.
“When we drove by villages and honked, many recognised us and showed their support by waving back and honking. The support is there,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.
Fann was asked to comment on whether the Malay community would turn up for the rally next month after PAS said it would sit this one out again, like they did last year.
Bersih 5 to be held at Dataran Merdeka http://dlvr.it/MXRkB9
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah announced that the fifth installment of the electoral reform coalition’s rally will once again be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.
This is amid warnings from the red-shirts and Penang Umno Youth not to hold the Bersih 5 rally.
Maria: Police to receive Bersih 5 notice soon
PETALING JAYA: The police will soon receive a notice from Bersih 2.0 on its upcoming rally on Nov 19, says the electoral watchdog chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.
She was responding to an earlier remark made by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, who said that the Bersih 5 rally is a no-go unless its organisers send a notice prior to their scheduled gathering.
Speaking at a press conference, Maria said contrary to Khalid’s statement, Bersih 2.0 had always submitted notices in all of its past rallies, including Bersih 2, Bersih 3, Bersih 4, but all were instead rejected by the police.
“We have always given notice, but they have always refused our notices. For Bersih 4, we submitted a letter to the IGP himself and he was the first we wrote to.
“Khalid directed us to the Dang Wangi police station and then he said we had not given notice.”
She explained that during that period, Bersih 2.0 had two meetings with the Dang Wangi police chief, but their notice was refused.
“And now, he (Khalid) is doing the same thing by saying we have not given notice. I think that is very unreasonable and irresponsible for an IGP”
KUALA LUMPUR: Police will not allow the Bersih 5 rally on November 19 unless the organisers send a notice on their scheduled gathering.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said he is “fed up” of reminding the steering committee to submit the notice “everyday”, and yet, “they don’t want to listen”.
According to Khalid, the Red Shirts, who are conducting a counter rally to Bersih 5, submitted a notice for their gathering two days ago.
“There is a process. They (Bersih) must get ‘tuan punya kebenaran, tuan punya tempat (consent of the owner)…they must obey the law and at least, give notice.”
Khalid said although the Peaceful Assembly Act allowed gatherings to take place and for the people to assemble to protest, laws must be followed.
Asked whether Bersih 5 will be allowed to proceed, Khalid said : “Not because they didn’t give any notice.”
“We will take action. Wait…slowly, we will take action. It’s normal,” he said, adding that prior notice is needed to enable police to make preparations in case an untoward incident erupts.
“If they don’t give notice and suddenly appear in Chow Kit and other streets, how can we send our men there?
“Then, they will blame us for not placing police to take care of order. Both sides always do this (place the blame on cops),” Khalid told reporters after attending a graduation ceremony for modern policing participants at the city police headquarters today.
22 Oct 2016
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah today responded to claims that the electoral watchdog was wasting time and money by holding yet another mega rally on Nov 19.
Detailing the changes prompted by the four rallies before this, she also addressed criticism over the turnout of Bersih 4 last year, which was predominantly ethnic Chinese.
More tangible, she said, was the fact that Malaysians were banding together for a cause regardless of ethnicity.
“For the first time we are together when we carry out our street protests – not as a race, but as Malaysians.
“If you say Bersih 4 was made up of Chinese majority – yes, but I don’t make excuses for that.
“There were Malays as well as other races and together I consider them as Malaysians who want to have a say in this repressive system.
“So what if more of one race – aren’t Malaysians allowed to speak?” she asked in a statement.
21 Oct 2016
“The church stands for Bersih elections, Bersih government, Bersih public institutions and Bersih wealth sharing.”
Bishop vows to walk at
#Bersih5 rally, urges others to follow
Malacca and Johor Catholic Diocese Bishop Bernard Paul, who came under fire for urging people via Facebook to join the Bersih 5 rally, has vowed to be among the participants on Nov 19.
The bishop in fact had joined the Bersih 4 last year in Penang in his personal capacity.
“I am intending to (join the Bersih 5 rally), I have to take up my commitments,” he told Malaysiakini.
The clergyman in his official capacity took to Facebook to encourage people to take part in the rally.
“I am a public figure now and things go differently. As a leader of my churches, I speak for my people,” said Bernard, who was appointed the regional bishop early this year.
“All Malaysians who say that they love the tanahair, must claim it back from destructive leaders and institutions who love the wealth of the nation. Do not let them violate the land of our birth,” he said in a statement posted on the Malacca and Johor Catholic Diocese Bishop Facebook page.
“Participating in Bersih is a citizen’s right, not party politics, not supporting BN nor divisive opposition.
“Go to the rally on the 19th November.
“The church stands for Bersih elections, Bersih government, Bersih public institutions and Bersih wealth sharing.