Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bersih 3.0 Is Here And Will You Be There At Merdeka Square?

Following the success of Bersih 2.0 rally in July of last year where participants from all walks of life, ages and races came out to rally for a free and fair election despite a massive lock-down of the federal capital by the authorities and heavy police presence, Pm Najib eventually and rather reluctantly agreed to have a Parliamentary select committee look into possible reforms to the electoral system.

Najib even said that he did not want to win were the electoral system not clean.

Few Malaysians took his words seriously. Most expected that he would only go through the motion of having a select Parliamentary committee look into the matter, knowing well that nothing much, as usual, would come out of it and yet earn for himself some credit for suggesting a Parliamentary select committee look into the matter and thereby blunt any criticism of himself in the process.

And sure enough, nothing much by way of meaningful suggestions came out of the work of the select Parliamentary committee that had been tasked to look into reforms to the electoral system. The by-partisan committee had refused to incorporate the suggestions by opposition members of the committee.

As a result members of Bersih, a coalition of several NGOs fighting for a clean electoral roll and free and fair election, have decided to hold another rally, this time a sit-in at the Merdeka Square in KL this 28 March and also hold simultaneous rallies in other states too.

One of their demands is for a clean electoral roll. And this demand seems justified. According to an independent poll analysis there are some 400,000 dubious voters in the Malaysian electoral roll.

The concern includes the sudden and unusual surge in the number of registered voters both in Selangor and Penang which Pm Najib has vowed to recapture from the opposition.

Will you be there at the Bersih 3.0 Merdeka Square sit-in this March 28 or at any of the other venues that day?

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