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The Most Powerful Way To Effect Change

December 21, 2015


“It was just one big street party and as far as I am concerned, Bersih 4 was a failure,” a friend told me a month after the biggest-ever peaceful demonstration in Malaysian history.  He went on to question what had Bersih 4 achieved? Nothing has changed. Such views are not isolated and I have heard […]

Looking to Tunisia’s Civil Society Organisations

October 24, 2015


One of the most inspiring story to come last week was the announcement that the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. Unknown and unheard of outside of Tunisia, it was a surprise choice but a most worthy winner. Tunisia was the country that sparked the Arab Spring in 2011 […]

Why Is The Government So Afraid Of Bersih?

August 26, 2015


As we count the days to Bersih 4, the 4th installment of mega rallies organised by the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (or more commonly called Bersih 2.0 or just Bersih), we are seeing the same stance and gameplan by the authorities. Ridicule it as lacking support, label it as an opposition tool, accuse […]

Has Bersih Lost Her Focus?

August 17, 2015


When the Coalition for Free & Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) called for their fourth rally, Bersih 4, with a call for PM Najib Razak to step down and the new government to implement institutional reforms, some people wondered if Bersih had gone beyond its scope of electoral reforms. The 10-points institutional reforms didn’t help to […]

What Have Bersih Rallies Achieved So Far?

August 5, 2015


“We’ve been sending the government messages for years, and it’s had little to no effect. I was there for Bersih 2.0 and 3.0, and whilst it felt good to stick it to the man for a day, none of the demands for electoral reform were met and they achieved no real change – instead things […]

To Resist is To Win

April 28, 2015


Today is the 3rd of anniversary of Bersih 3.0 and the the Election Commission is still as dirty as ever. They still went ahead and conducted one of the most dirty General Election ever in 2013 but don’t take my word for it. The Election Integrity Project in a a global survey rated Malaysia near […]

The Upcoming Re-Delineation Exercise : It’s Do or Die

May 13, 2014


The Election Commission (EC) will be conducting its 6th re-delineation of electoral boundaries very soon and there can be little dispute that this would be the mother-of-all re-delineation exercise in Malaysia. The survival of the ruling coalition depends on it and whether the Opposition will finally become the government of the day will depend very […]