BERSIH: Suspend dissolution of Parliament if no reform

Yes, if there’s no electoral reform, we hope HRH Agong could stop the dissolution of the Parliament. There’s either clean and fair election or NO election.

Bersih website hacked ahead of Nov 10 rally

Syed Jaymal Zahiid
Nov 5, 07 5:04pm
Malaysiakini
Ahead of a planned gatheringfor electoral reform on Saturday, the website of the organiser – the Coalition for Fair and Free Elections (Bersih) – was hacked yesterday. 
 
The hacker left a message on the website that “the Nov 10 gathering will be postponed indefinitely” [see below].
However, the website was reinstated today, with a precautionary message from the moderator that informs visitors of the hacking and also that Saturday’s event at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, will proceed.Bersih members believe that the hacking of the website is an attempt by the authorities to confuse supporters and to deter them from attending the ‘yellow wave’ assembly which is expected to attract 10,000 participants.

DAP parliamentarian for Seputeh, Teresa Kok, also a member of Bersih, told a press conference at the Parliament lobby today that it is regrettable “that such a deplorable act has taken place”.

She said the organisers will not be distracted by this but will focus fully on mobilising supporters for the gathering.

PKR vice-president R Sivarasa, who was present, accused the traditional media of conspiring with the authorities to weaken the mobilisation efforts.

English-language daily Starreported last Thursday – a day after Bersih met with Kuala Lumpur CPO Zulhasnan Najib Baharuddin – that the police officer had threatened the public with arrest if they participate.

The report further said that the CPO would not approve any application for a permit, and would deem the event as an illegal one if it is held.

Sivarasa said he had contacted Zulhasnan for clarification, and had been reassured that he had not issued any such statement. He said Zulhasnan had sent a letter to the newspaper to protest the contents of the report.

“We urge the mainstream media to report news responsibly and independently as this (report) is clearly irresponsible,” Sivarasa said.

However, a Starjournalist told Sivarasah that the CPO had, in fact, made the statement. She supported her claim by saying that 20 journalists from various media organisations had been present.

Sivarasa replied that he would stick to what the CPO told him, as he believed that the letter of protest was a clear sign that the CPO was being honest.

Royal intervention sought

Sivarasa said the gathering was aimed at seeking the King’s intervention for electoral reform and to consider the possibility of setting up a royal commission to enable this to be carried out.

The petition will also ask that the King exercises his power under Article 40(2)(B) to withhold the prime minister’s authority to dissolve Parliament until electoral reforms are in place.

In relation to the police permit for the assembly, Sivarasa said Bersih had submitted an application on Saturday. The coalition will meet Dang Wangi OCPD Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman later today to discuss this.

PKR information chief Tian Chua said Bersih will not back down from holding the gathering even if the application is not approved, arguing that it is the group’s democratic right to do so.

The police had earlier sent a letter to Bersih, advising it to apply for a permit. The coalition then met with the CPO to explain its reasons for holding the event. 

The gathering will be followed by a march to the palace, where a memorandum on electoral reforms will be submitted.

“不改革选举就拒解散国会”
公选盟促元首以霹苏丹为楷模
郭史光庆
07年11月5日 下午5:28
Malaysiakini
干净与公平选举联盟(Bersih

,简称公选盟)恳请最高元首行使宪法所赋予的权力

,若政府无法落实4项选举制度改革诉求

,就拒绝首相阿都拉解散国会举行大选的要求。

这4项诉求是使用不褪色的墨水来投票、确保使用干净的选民手册、废除邮寄选票,以及让朝野政党拥有公平运用媒体的权利。

担任公选盟发言人的人民公正党副主席西华拉沙,今日在公选盟于国会走廊召开的记者会上,透露公选盟将向最高元首提出呼吁。

“若这些诉求没有获得落实,我们恳求最高元首拒绝首相解散国会的要求……宪法第40条文赋权最高元首拒绝首相解散国会的要求。”

效仿阿兹兰沙呼唤司法改革

他表示,本周六所进行的选举改革万人大集会,将向最高元首提呈一份备忘录,提出两项呼吁以施压国阵政府展开选举制度改革。

除了拒绝阿都拉解散国会进行大选,另一项呼吁是希望元首效仿霹雳苏丹阿兹兰沙,公开反映人民要求选举制度改革的心声。

曾在80年代担任最高法院院长的阿兹兰沙,在上周的大马第14届法律研讨会上呼吁重振我国的法律制度。

戴黄丝带,部长笑问:有人逝?

出席记者会的包括民主行动党两名国会议员章瑛与郭素沁、秘书长选举顾问刘镇东、人民公正党主席旺阿兹莎、副选举主任傅芝雅(Fuziah Salleh)、宣传主任蔡添强,以及回青团长兼古邦阁亮国会议员沙烈胡丁(Salehuddin Ayub)。这3个反对党都是公选盟的成员之一。

他们都在自己的胸前和手臂,扣上或绑着黄丝带,因为这是本周六万人大集会的主题颜色。

这些黄丝带吸引力新闻部长再努丁的注意,他在经过时开玩笑地问西华与蔡添强,“什么人去世了?”,蔡添强也微笑反问他,“黄色怎么会是有人去世?”

不发准证?隆警长澄清《星报》错误引述

另外,郭素沁控诉公选盟所传达的讯息,不断遭到有心人士以肮脏手段进行篡改与破坏,包括骇客在昨日入侵公选盟的官方网站,张贴一则假通告,宣布本周六的选举改革万人大集会已经无限期展延至另行通知为止。

西华指出,另一个企图破坏本周六集会的就是《星报》在上周五所刊登的一则新闻。这则标题为《避开否则就面对逮捕,警方逮捕出席集会的人士》的新闻指出,吉隆坡总警长朱哈斯南(右图)表示,基于治安原因,警方将不会发出准证给公选盟。

曾在上周四代表公选盟与吉隆坡警方高层商谈集会事宜的西华指称,他在新闻出街后曾致电朱哈斯南确认报道内容,对方却告知自己不曾向《星报》记者发表上述谈话,而且也已向《星报》抗议该报错误引述其谈话。

不过,在现场采访记者会的《星报》记者却转告西华等人说,访问朱哈斯南的该报记者坚持朱哈斯南曾说过上述的话,只不过后者在隔天新闻刊登后却致电告知他要改口。

与警方合作确保集会和平进行

至于该联盟在上周六提呈的集会准证申请,目前尚未获得警方的回复,不过公选盟代表将在今日下午2时前往金马区警局会见警区主任祖卡纳因,商谈准证的申请与集会细节。

无论如何,西华重申,无论警方是否发出准证,本周六的万人大集会势在必行,“我们尊重警方的程序,但是这些程序不能违反人民的权利”。

蔡添强也强调,媒体不应只关心警方是否发出准证,因为公选盟所提出的选举制度改革诉求,才是人民所关注的重要国家课题。

“我们呼吁所有醒觉的公民出席集会,这不是某一个政党的活动,到时不会有党旗,也不是反对党为了捞取选票,而是人民要求改革选举制度。”

“我们已经告知警方,会确保当天的集会在和平有秩序的情况下进行,不会发生任何不愉快的事件,我们会与警方合作。”

他透露,公选盟预料将动员1至2万名出席者,这并不包括自发出席的公众人士。

另一方面,公选盟将在集会的前两天(本周四)晚上7时30分,与隆雪华堂民权委员会联办一场针对选举制度改革的华语公共论坛,地点就在隆雪华堂。目前有待敲定的主讲人包括资深华教工作者陆庭谕、民政党槟州行政议员杜乾焕、隆雪华堂民权委员会副主席黄进发、行动党秘书长林冠英和蔡添强。

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