Monday 27 June 2011

What Bersih want ?

Listed below are BERSIH's demands which the group's chairperson Datuk S.Ambiga is adamant about handing over to Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in the form of a memorandum on the 9th of July after demonstrating on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

So, let us first discuss, debate or rationalise the following 8-point demands. I'd reserve my comments and allow APANAMA's readers to say their piece. 

Just try to be objective and keep yourself free from the Anwar Ibrahim-style of backdoor politics.

Say it out loud and clear if these demands are reasonable and apolitical or unreasonably politicised to serve the hidden agenda of a certain group of political parties. 

Once again, just try being sincere to yourself !!!!

1. Clean the electoral roll
The electoral roll is marred with irregularities such as deceased persons and multiple persons registered under a single address or non-existent addresses. The electoral roll must be revised and updated to wipe out these 'phantom voters'. The rakyat have a right to an electoral roll that is an accurate reflection of the voting population.
ln the longer term, BERSIH 2.0 also calls for the EC to implement an automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities.

2. Reform postal ballot
The current postal ballot system must be reformed to ensure that all citizens of Malaysia are able to exercise their right to vote. postal ballot should not only be open for all Malaysian citizens living abroad, but also for those within the country who cannot be physically present in their voting constituency on polling day. police, military and civil servants too must vote normally like other voters if not on duty on polling day.
The postal ballot system must he transparent. party agents should be allowed to monitor the entire process of postal voting.

3. Use of indelible ink
Indelible ink must be used in all elections. it is a simple, affordable and effective solution in preventing voter fraud. In 2007, the EC decided to implement the use of indelible ink, However, in the final days leading up to the 12th General Elections, the EC decided to withdraw the use of indelible ink citing legal reasons and rumours of sabotage.
BERSIH 2.O demands for indelible ink to be used for all the upcoming elections. Failure to do so will lead to the inevitable conclusion that there is an intention to allow voter fraud.

4. Minimum 21 days campaign Period
The EC should stipulate a campaign period of not less than 21 days' A tonger campaign period would allow voters more time to gather information and deliberate on their choices. lt will also allow candidates more time to disseminate information to rural areas. The first national elections in 1955 under the British Colonial Government had a campaign period of 42 days but the campaign Period for 12th GE in 2008 was a mere 8 days.

5. Free and fair access to media
It is no secret that the Malaysian mainstream media fails to practice proportionate, fair and objective reporting for political parties of all divide. BERSIH 2.0 calls on the EC to press for all media agencies, especially state-funded media agencies such as Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM) and Bernama to allocate proportionate and objective coverage for all political parties.

6. Strengthen public institutions
Public institutions must act independently and impartially in upholding the rule of law and democracy. Public institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney-General, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC), Police and the EC must be reformed to act independently, uphold laws and protect human rights.
ln particular, the EC must perform its constitutional duty to act independently and impartially so as to enjoy public confidence. The EC cannot continue to claim that they have no power to act, as the law provides for sufficient powers to institute a credible electoral system.

7. Stop corruption
Corruption is a disease that has infected every aspect of Malaysian life. BERSIH 2.0 and the rakyat demand for an end to all forms of corruption. Current efforts to eradicate corruption are mere tokens to appease public grouses. We demand that serious action is taken against ALL allegations of corruption, including vote buying.

8. Stop dirty politics
Malaysians are tired of dirty politics that has been the main feature of the Malaysian political arena. we demand for all political parties and politicians to put an end to gutter politics. As citizens and voters, we are not interested in gutter politics; we are interested in policies that affect the nation.

p/s Please don't try to screw this up like TheStar's online poll pertaining Bersih's (still illegal) demonstration.

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Anonymous said...

1- clean the electoral.
Isnt that what EC has been doing? Why not the opps have a special joint body to witness the roll?
2- Postal vote is fair. By requiring them to be present, they might miss the opportunity.
3- Indelible ink. Does that mean countries not using the ink are cheating? Know which country?
4- Min 21days? Want another 13mei? U hv 5 years to campaign? Why need 21days?
5- Fair Media access. Lets see msiakini or msiainsider say something gd abt msia, islam or malay before telling other media are biased.
6- Strong public institution. Ok...we do need stronger ones.
7- corruption. Yes...i support this but not thru walk. Rather it shd be a accountable public body elected.
8- Dirty politics? Like anwar, ambiga, limses, and the ular dlm semaks?


Rockybru said...

Dear Apanama,
The last three demands have nothing to do whatsoever with "clean and fair elections", which is what Bersih was supposed to be about. 6. Strengthen public institutions 7. Stop corruption and 8. Stop dirty politics are not within SPR's job scope. A 6-yr old can tell you that. So I will comment on the first FIVE DEMANDS1. Clean the electoral rollYes, the SPR needs to clean the electoral roll. We can make its job easier if those voters who have moved out from their kampungs register their new addresses in the cities/towns with the local SPR. Eg Anwar Ibrahim. He is still registered as a voter in Permatang Pauh when his home is no longer there. Another example is Rocky's Bru. He is registered as a phantom voter in Sungai Rapat, Perak but he lives in Puchong. (In my case, I will help the SPR clean the electoral roll by updating my address ahead of the PRU13)2. Reform postal ballotNo need to reform postal ballot lah, waste time only. Make voting compulsory.3. Use of indelible inkAiya, so ancient. Use biometric lah .. The Causeway/Immigration issue with biometric is an exception, don't be deterred.4. Minimum 21 days campaign PeriodSure, our first election in 1955 provided for 42 days' campaign. But there was no internet, mobile phone and Proton back then. Okay, eight days may be too short lah. Two weeks should be about right.5. Free and fair access to mediaPakatan goverments barred mainstream media from official functions in Penang and Kedah. They don't have any business asking for free and fair access to media when the media do not have free and fair access to how they conduct their affairs.

Anonymous said...

All 8 points are reasonable and achievable. If all 8 points are implimented, it only bring goodness to the rakyat. I do not understand why some people oppose these very important reforms to enable its rakyat to feel proud being Malaysians.

Malaysians want to be seen as the good guys in the global arena and not viewed as a dspot nation.

Anonymous said...

Ambiga's masters never stopped their dirty political campaigns after the march 2008 general elections. So what 21 days r they talking about now?

Phantom voters? You have 10 in azmin's house including him and shamsidar taharin, why azmin didnt unmask these 'hantu' earlier? Is it coz he planted them all in his mom's qbode?

maae said...

Salam apanama,

You see apanama, they see what you don't see, to see what they see,they want you all to see,the see that SPR never see and one anon on your list clearly see big A. Seriously what you see?

aah...poning lah apanama...layan orang gilo kita jadi gilo. nyanyi lagu 'cc rider' terhibur gak.

Orang Lereh said...

The 8 demands are fair but do we need the rally/demonstration just to submit a memorandum to our YDP Agong?

It would cause more misery to the traders, shops, shopping complexes and the PUBLIC!!!

Why can't the memorandum be submitted in a more civilised way. After all, aren't we supposed to respect the YDP AGONG?

Where did you put your god-forsaken brain???

Anonymous said...

jika hisham masih berlembut dengan puak pengganas yang jelas mengugut kerajaan, jangan salahkan kami rakyat yang benci tindakan anak2 haram itu jika kami mula bertindak turun ke jalan.


Anonymous said...

tengok muka ambigah terima habuan dari isteri clinton, tengok muka dia macam penjilat nombor satu. tali barut

Anonymous said...


A number of our activists were arrested, some under the ISA. Most of all, I could see that the demonstrations instigated by Anwar from behind prison walls served only one purpose: to keep him in the limelight, and to get him out of prison. Within the party leadership, I took an unambiguous position against demonstrations. With the exception of Keadilan President, Dr.Wan Azizah Ismail, no one else supported me. The Malaysian public came to know of my opposition to the demonstrations, and the then Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad even alluded to it in the media.

Read dr chandra 's confession-analysis at

kita anak melayu said...

Bro Apanama, ini sebahagian dari rancangan mereka merungkai semua yang kita dah bina dari segi membetulkan kepincangan taburan kekayaan dan keadilan sosial...usaha perit dan gigih 50 tahun akan terungkai dengan janji kosong dan pembohongan mereka

saya ada satu cerit amacamna Oriental Daily cari publisiti murahan dengan membantai Proton.... biasalah bantai Proton memang sedap dan gerentai jadi popular

tapi mereka tak fikir beratus ribu orang kerja dgn prooton, punca rezeki emreka macamana?

harap bro Apanama boleh beri saya link dan mungkin korek sikit agenda mereka

ye lah Proton tengah naik balik ni...kenapa mesti jatuhkan balik??

Dot said...

until the oppositions (read: dap) be at helm, they will keep on doing what they need to do; by hook or by crook..causing unstability...