Bersih closer to palace appointment

Chua Sue-Ann (Malaysiakini)
Nov 6, 07

Bersih, the coalition for clean and fair elections, has submitted a letter to the National Palace, seeking an appointment for its representatives to hand over a memorandum at 5pm on Saturday.

Its seven-member delegation was received by Zainab Mohammad, secretary to the King’s private secretary, this morning. When contacted, Zainab confirmed the meeting without giving details.
The Bersih team included PAS think-tank head Dr Zulkifli Ahmad, PKR vice-resident Sivarasa Rasiah, Centre for Independent Journalism executive director V Gayathry, Bersih secretariat member Faisal Mustaffa, PKR election director Fuziah Salleh and DAP central executive committee member Ronnie Liu.
While the polls watchdog hopes that its memorandum on electoral reform can be submitted directly to the King, Faisal (photo) believes that this is unlikely, as it has never happened before.
When contacted for details, he said that he expects the document to be received by the King’s private secretary instead.
He also said the palace is aware that a public rally will be held from 3pm at Dataran Merdeka, from where demonstrators will march to the palace. The organisers hope to attract some 10,000 participants, all dressed in yellow to make an impact.
Faisal also said the delegation was informed that the King has shown interest in reading the memorandum.
Meanwhile, Bersih’s website was hacked a second time today, believed to be the same person who had launched the cyber-attack on Sunday.
In the earlier attempt, the hacker left a message saying that the mass assembly had been cancelled, but the website was restored by yesterday.
At the time of writing, the website had yet to be reinstated after the second attack.