Stop Dirty Politics, Focus on Electoral Reform

BERSIH 2.0 Press Statement, 6. June 2012

BERSIH 2.0 has always struggled and will continue to struggle for clean, free and fair elections. We are a non-partisan movement whose only aim is to see increased democratisation in Malaysia by advocating for all stakeholders to uphold the integrity of the electoral system and in doing so, protect voters’ rights.
BERSIH 2.0 views the conspiracy theory hatched by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and supported by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that BERSIH 2.0 intends to topple the government through chaos after the 13th General Elections as malicious and misleading. We question their intentions in hurling such wild allegations  against BERSIH 2.0 and attempting to instigate fear amongst the public.
As an elected representative and Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin should instead fulfil his responsibilities and focus his attention and energy on more important issues of electoral reform and taking steps towards ensuring the 13th General Elections are clean, free and fair. The huge turnout at Bersih 3.0 was a call for a fair electoral process. We remind the DPM that his role as an elected representative and minister is first and foremost to serve the needs of the people of Malaysia, and not to advance his personal nor his party’s political agenda.
Such mudslinging and slandering is considered dirty politics, which is why BERSIH 2.0’s eighth demand is: Stop Dirty Politics. BERSIH 2.0 calls on all elected representatives and government officials to stop the practice of dirty politics and to start focusing on issues and policies that truly serve the needs of the rakyat.
Keluar Mengundi, Lawan Penipuan!
Steering Committee
Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0)
The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Ambrose, Andrew Khoo, Anne Lasimbang, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Awang Abdillah, Dr Farouk Musa, Hishamuddin Rais, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Matthew Vincent, Niloh Ason, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.