Don’t rule out Bersih 3.0KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17, 2012): Do not discount the possibility of Bersih 3.0 if the government fails to implement "necessary" reforms ahead of the next general election, Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan said today.Some 30,000 people took to the streets demanding clean and fair elections during the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 last year, despite a massive crackdown by the authorities.The rally had prompted the setting up of a nine-man Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for Electoral Reforms, chaired by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili.Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall, Ambiga was responding to the PSC's interim report, which contained only four out of Bersih 2.0's 41 proposals for recommendation to be implemented by the Election Commission."To be fair, I think there is a part two to the report," she said, adding the EC should have no problem adopting all eight of Bersih 2.0's core demands.The Election Commission had publicly committed to implementing three measures, namely the use of indelible ink, implement advance voting for service voters and engage Mimos Bhd to conduct an audit of the electoral roll."We have tried everything. We still believe in negotiations and that PSC can come up with its recommendations."But ultimately, if these recommendations are not implemented before the next general election, then do not rule out Bersih 3.0," Ambiga said.Also present were National Laureate Tan Sri A. Samad Said (fondly known as Pak Samad) and Bar Council human rights committee chairman Andrew Khoo.Pak Samad was earlier appointed as co-chairman of Bersih 2.0."Before this I was just a supporter of the cause. But now I feel it is my responsibility to fight for a clean and fair election, based on principles of democracy."The time has come for me to contribute to society and help to relieve Ambiga's burden," Pak Samad said.It was also announced that Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia president Ahmad Shukri Razab has been appointed as Bersih 2.0 steering committee member, providing a space for increasing youth participation in campaigning for electoral reforms and democratic rights.At the event, Bersih 2.0 also unveiled its Jom 100 campaign, which targets 100% voter turnout in the next general election.Ambiga said a high voter turnout would send a strong message to all newly elected candidates and the future government, holding them accountable for its decisions.
Nazri: Use of indelible ink is proof of govt's commitment to ensure transparent GEBERNAMABESUT: The Election Commission's (EC) decision to adopt the proposed use of indelible ink in the 13th General Election is proof that the country's election process will be transparent, leaving no room for manipulation.Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the decision to use indelible ink was actually not required in Malaysia because every voter is registered and holds an identity card."It is different in countries where there are no updated voter registration lists, compared with Malaysia where all voters are registered," he said.However, the government has agreed to fulfill the request from the opposition to use indelible ink since they (opposition) were constantly demanding for the method.He said the government was committed to show that there would be no manipulation during the general election although such a move would cost an additional RM5 million.However, claims that the indelible ink was not suitable for Muslims because it stays on the finger for at least 48 hours, would be studied, he said.