BERSIH: Nov 10 at 3pm. It’s on!

The rejection of permit for the Bersih gathering simply proves that the police has always been used by the BN coalition to suppress the opposition. In the past, the police has been used to disrupt or sabotage the opposition during, before and after elections. This is one of the reasons why we need to gather on Nov 10 to demand for a clean and fair election. Please be brave, my fellow Malaysians. Only the brave ones can save this country.

Bring a national flag with you. Remember to wear yellow. Bring a guitar if you know how to play and sing for us. Bring your own food and drinks. Bring your own video camera and camera to record this historic event.

A long list of top leaders from the NGOs, trade unions and political parties will be with the rakyat. They have only one single objective, electoral reforms for a clean and fair election. Or no elections!

 C U there!!!

Bersih to proceed, appeals to the police

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz and Chua Sue-Ann
Nov 8, 07 7:24pm
Malaysiakini
Bersih, a coalition of 67 civil society groups and opposition parties, is appealing to the police for their assistance and cooperation during the planned public rally at Dataran Merdeka this Saturday.The public gathering to call for electoral reform – which will march to the King’s Istana Negara to submit a memorandum on the matter – is expected to attract some 10,000 people despite the organisers having been refused a police permit.In a statement from the event’s organising chairperson Mohamad Sabu, Bersih said it has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure the event is safe and peaceful and called on the public to participate in it.“We urge the public not to be afraid of threats by the police or other irresponsible parties,” said Mohamed in a statement read by Bersih secretariat member Aiman Athirah Al Jundi.

“We do not intend to clash with anybody, not least the police, because we have proven that we are a peaceloving people,” he said.

A publicity convoy 

The statement was read out to reporters at Dataran Merdeka this afternoon before the launching of a 10-vehicle convoy that will make its rounds in Kuala Lumpur to publicise the gathering.

Thousand of PAS, PKR, and DAP volunteers – aside from 600 other non-partisan individuals – are said to have been tasked with maintaining order and safety on Saturday.

These include the Malaysian Red Crescent and St John’s Ambulance whose officers will be on standby.

The Bar Council, Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and several parliamentarians from Canada are also said to have agreed to send representatives to observe the event.

Those coming for the event have been advised not to bring any objects that can be construed as a dangerous weapon – not even umbrellas, said Aiman.

She added that there have been attempts to sabotage the event by identifying it as a strictly opposition gathering or there could be a move by certain parties to incite religious disharmony.

“This is not a PAS gathering or that of PKR or DAP. This is the people’s event seeking elections that are clean and fair,” she said.

Asked if the organisers had devised a plan of action in case of any unrest or clashes with the police, she remained tightlipped but reiterated that Bersih is confident the event will be peaceful.

No option left

Earlier this morning, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim also urged the authorities to respect the people’s right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by allowing the rally to proceed without a hitch.

He criticised the police for turning down Bersih’s application for a permit on merely “technical grounds”.

The police are tasked to facilitate – rather than sabotage – the public’s wish to express to the King their grievances with the shortcomings of past elections and the electoral process and to demand free and clean future elections, Anwar said further.

“We have submitted thousands of memorandums, appeals, and details proving that elections held so far have been full with lies, chaos, phantom voters, and non-transparency,” he told a press conference at his office in Petaling Jaya.

“This has convinced us that protests and the usual memorandums have been ineffective… This demand (for clean and fair elections) is timely because we do not have any alternative option left,” he added.

“The evidence of fraud is comprehensive and it is damning.” [5-min video of Anwar’s press conference]


3-min video clip on Bersih in Dataran Merdeka
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公选盟车队环绕隆市宣传造势
无惧警告和平举行万人大集会
王德齐
07年11月8日 傍晚7:10
Malaysiakini
虽然面对警方和国安部都严厉警告说将会逮捕参与者与主办单位

,但是干净及公平选举联盟(Bersih

,简称公选盟)仍然无所畏惧

,将会继续在11月10日举办万人选举改革大集会。

吁请公众勿携带尖锐危险物品

公选盟更誓言,将会确保这场在独立广场开始的万人选举改革集会在和平的情况下进行,而他们也吁请出席的公众在当天不要携带任何危险的物品。

“公众不被鼓励携带任何尖锐或危险的物品,但是他们可以携带任何显示公选盟诉求的布条、国旗或黄色布条。”

他们也劝请担心下雨的公众选择使用黄色雨衣和帽子,不要携带雨伞到现场。

副国安部长佐哈里(Johari Baharom)昨日在国会走廊宣布,警方已经拒绝发出准证给公选盟在本周六在独立广场所号召的万人选举改革集会,并警告“将毫不犹豫地对付那些聚集在那里(独立广场)的人士。”

公选盟在今午下午4时发动10辆汽车的车队从独立广场出发,环绕吉隆坡两小时为周六的集会宣传和造势。所有的汽车都绑上黄丝带和黄色气球,以及贴上黄色的集会海报,希望能让吉隆坡民众知悉这项活动。

公选盟代表艾曼阿蒂拉(Aiman Athirah Al-Jundi,右图)也在出发前于警方的监视下召开记者会宣读事先准备好的文告,抨击吉隆坡总警长祖斯哈南拒绝发出准证的决定,以及呼吁公众放心出席这项集会。

一辆警车早在下午3时30分遍抵达现场监视公选盟的活动,而数辆警车和电单车也在随后陆陆续续到达。

虽然如此,警方并未强硬驱散在场的公选盟代表,也没有阻止车队上路,只由一名来自金马律警区的黄(Ng,译音)姓警官在记者会尾声时介入要求解散。

领袖缺席记者会引发阻挠揣测

不过,原定出席的在野党领袖如回教党副主席莫哈末沙布和回教党法律局主席莫哈末哈尼巴(Mohamed Hanipa Maidin)却没有出席记者会,一度引发揣测说他们已经在路途上面对阻挠。不过艾曼后来解释说,他们是因为私人原因,而非遭受警方的阻难,才无法出席。

在记者会中,艾曼抨击吉隆坡警长祖斯哈南毫无根据地拒绝公选盟的准证申请。

“警方指称这场还未举行的集会将会影响公共治安和秩序的理由只是一项揣测,他们不应该成为预言家。”

“根据他(祖哈斯南)所发表的言论,他怎么可能能以理智、客观和不偏倚的态度公选盟的上诉申请?”

回教党派千名纠察员维持秩序

艾曼表示,回教党将在周六出动1千名党员维持秩序,而其他在野党和非政府组织同样也会给于协助。他们已邀请律师公会和大马人权委员会观察集会,而当天也会有数名来自加拿大的国会议员担任观察员。

此外,她也宣布选举改革集会游行的路线,希望警方能够配合协助维持秩序。他们周六将从独立广场出发,途经国家回教堂到国家皇宫。在向最高元首呈交备忘录后,公选盟于下午5时也会在国家皇宫前释放气球。

当受询及公选盟是否已为本周六的镇压活动做好准备时,艾曼表示他们虽然已为安全措施做好准备,却衷心希望警方不会阻挠公众举行集会。

“这是人民的集会,不是回教党的集会、人民公正党的集会或民主行动党的集会。这是为了争取公平和自由的选举的集会,因此我们希望警方能够给于配合。”

安华批警方不发准证听命巫统

另一方面,公正党实权领袖安华(左图)今早在揭露第二部分的“林甘影片”时,也吁请全体大马公民踊跃出席本周六的万人选举改革大集会。

“我们曾出示上千名幽灵选民的证据和其他证据证明选举不公,但是选委会却选择忽视。因此,公选盟不认为呈交备忘录给选委会是有用的。”

安华表示,官方媒体和朋党控制的媒体一直将这场集会描绘为可能发生骚乱,而他相信届时会出现便衣密探(Agent provocateur)企图搞破坏,不过他们将会确保集会能在和平的情况下进行。

他也批评,警方是根据巫统领袖的指示行事,所以才会拒绝公选盟的集会准证申请。

One Response to “BERSIH: Nov 10 at 3pm. It’s on!”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    Bersih gives point-by-point rebuttal to police
    Fauwaz Abdul Aziz
    Nov 9, 07 1:32pm Malaysiakini

    Poll watchdog coalition Bersih submitted its appeal to Kuala Lumpur chief police officer Zulhasnan Najib Baharuddin yesterday after the application for a permit for Saturday’s rally calling for electoral reforms was rejected earlier this week.

    The reasons for the rejection were contained in a letter by Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman which was received by Bersih on Wednesday.

    Three members of the event’s organising committee – co-ordinator of activist group ‘Penggerak Demokrasi Rakyat’ Anuar Tahir, PKR vice-president R Sivarasa, and DAP’s chief election strategist Liew Chin Tong – had signed the appeal.

    In response to Zulkarnain’s contention that Bersih is not a registered organisation, Bersih clarified to Zulhasnan (right) in a letter despatched the following day that it was a coalition of 67 registered organisations and five political parties.

    Dataran a public place

    To ensure this does not become grounds for rejection, duly registered political party PKR, which is one of coalition members of Bersih, had stepped in to serve as the endorser of the application for the permit, reads the letter.

    Countering Zulkarnain’s statement that no approval had been issued by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for the use of Dataran Merdeka, Bersih said the square was a public place that cannot be equated with a building or hall owned by DBKL necessitating its permission.

    DBKL has, however, been informed of the rally, it added.

    The letter also pointed out that Dataran Merdeka was only a transit place for participants of the gathering before they proceed to Istana Negara to submit a memorandum on free and clean elections.

    To Zulkarnain’s statement that another event was slated to take place at Dataran Merdeka at 4.30pm, Bersih said their gathering would already have dispersed by that time and therefore would not be a hindrance.

    Zulkarnain had also claimed the police have information that certain quarters would take the opportunity to disturb peace and public order or threaten the safety of civilians.

    To this, Bersih reiterated its assurance that it would ensure all participants gather and march in an orderly and peaceful manner.

    “We welcome the presence in reasonable numbers of uniformed police to be with us from a distance as we march from Dataran Merdeka to Istana Negara.

    “If there are any groups causing a disturbance, we regard as the responsibility of the police to control the situation and ensure that such individuals or groups are arrested to prevent any untoward incident.

    “If the police have any information on hand regarding such groups, the police should give us their names and identities and warn them that the police will act in the event they commit violence and cause a disturbance.”

    Human rights aspect

    Bersih also dismissed Zulkarnain’s claim that the rally would hinder traffic movement.

    “It is evident that in any gathering and procession, whether medium-sized or small, will affect traffic. If this is used as an excuse, it will eliminate the right to assemble…

    “Disturbances to traffic flow can be reduced and this requires the co-operation of traffic police as shown in most large processions outside our country.

    “We appeal that you see this from the aspect of human rights by which members of the public have the right to assemble and to freedom of speech. This issue is among the foundations of this country’s democratic practices and its political future.

    “If there is no reform of the elections system, the people of this country will lose their faith in the political system and this will lead to dire consequences.

    “We hope the police can decide professionally and not be partisan to any quarter. In the event of failure, the image of the police will be affected and it will be seen as a tool of the ruling parties.”

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