High-powered delegation to submit Bersih memo

Fauwaz Abdul Aziz (Malaysiakini)
Nov 9, 07   
Thousands of members and supporters of activist groups and political parties – led by their big guns – are expected to stream into the road to Istana Negara tomorrow to answer the rallying call for electoral reform.

A delegation of political and civil society leaders has been identified to submit a memorandum from Bersih, the coalition for clean and fair elections, to the King’s representative at the end of a planned two-hour rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.
The team will comprise of PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang, PAS secretary-general Kamaruddin Jaffar, MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud, DAP publicity secretary Teresa Kok, Writers Alliance for Media Independence chairperson Wong Chin Huat, one representative each from student groups Gamis, SMM, Dema, Centre for Independent Journalism executive director V Gayathry, Women’s Development Collective executive director Maria Chin Abdullah and Penggerak Demokrasi Rakyat coordinator Anuar Tahir.
Opposition heavyweights, such as PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang are slated to attend the rally and procession.
The leaders and members of Parti Sosialis Malaysia have also committed their presence.
The bulk of the participants is expected to consist of members of five political parties and 67 non-governmental organisations making up Bersih, as well as their supporters and members of the public.
‘Yellow revolution’
Bersih secretariat member Faisal Mustaffa said an indication of what is to come can be seen from the fact that the PAS Youth wing and powerful Ulama wing have issued a directive to all members to take part in the rally.
PKR and DAP have also issued similar instructions to their members, said Faisal.
While the organisers had initially hoped to draw 10,000 people, Bersih has revised its expectations to 100,000 people by 3pm for the ‘yellow revolution’.
“With those coming from outside Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, we hope to have 64,000. That does not include the numbers coming from Kelantan,” Faisal said when contacted today.
However, eyewitnesses have reported that police roadblocks have already been set up to screen motorists for potential participants.