BERSIH Congress 2024


Bersih Congress to Gather Hundreds of Activists and Youth to Demand Real Change by GE16

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) will convene a national congress featuring civil society leaders, youth activists, and student groups this Saturday to deliberate on joint reform demands and strategies to agitate for real change.

Why are we organizing the Bersih Congress at this time?

First, there is a need for civil society and youth activists to remobilise and resuscitate public demand for change. We cannot rely solely on politicians and political parties to carry on the reform agenda.

Second, the gathering serves as a wakeup call for the Unity Government to fulfil their reform promises. Civil society, youth, and the public must fight against the collective amnesia by some political elites who seem to have forgotten their reformist rhetoric.

Third, the congress will provide a platform for NGOs, students, and public to debate key national issues and vote on motions proposed by the floor to formulate a joint declaration to the government.Members of the public who feel strongly about the reform agenda are encouraged to attend and participate in this experiment of direct democracy. The Bersih Congress will take place on May 25, 2024, at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH). Registration and more information can be found at the link

In addition, Bersih Congress will feature leading activists and intellectuals who will share their insights on the political landscape and reform prospects.

Speakers include:

  • Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, BERSIH chairperson who will provide a policy speech on the state of reform agenda.
  • Wong Yan Ke, Deputy Chairperson of BERSIH, who will be presenting on organizing movements.
  • Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan, Former Chair of the Institutional Reform Committee, will make a public appearance and sharing on the state of institutionall reform today.
  • Professor Syed Farid Alatas, Sociologist, National University of Singapore (NUS), who popularized the term “kleptocracy”, will share whether the country has done enough to build to resilience against institutional abuse.
  • Ooi Kok Hin, Executive Director of BERSIH, will provide a verdict on the Unity Government’s performance on electoral reforms.
  • Ahmad Fahmi Samsudin, President of ABIM, will share on how Islamic movements can coexist with and facilitate the reform agenda.
  • Dato’ Hussamuddin, chief of Rasuah Busters, will be sharing on anti-corruption advocacy.
  • Sri Murniati Yusuf, COO & Senior Research Director from IDEAS, will be speaking on lessons learned from advocacy at the highest political level.
  • Aaliyah Danial, Chairwoman of Congress IIUM & Women Representative of IIUM Student Union, will share the youth’ hopes and aspirations for Malaysian democracy.

To close, Bersih invites all parties, especially civil society organizations, students and the public, to attend and participate in this congress. Journalists and international organizations are also invited to attend as observers. We hope to see fellow Malaysians this Saturday at KLSCAH to consolidate our country’s democracy and push for real reforms.

Demanding Reform, Strengthening Democracy!

The Congress will be held on 25th May@KLSCAH, from  9am-5pm.

Register now and see you on May 25!


Program Tentative

Masa Program
8:30 pagi Pendaftaran
9:00 pagi Ucapan Pembukaan
9:15 pagi Ucapan Dasar

Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz, Pengerusi BERSIH
“Menuntut Reformasi Memperkasa Demokrasi: Menggerakkan Transisi Politik Perubahan Malaysia”

9:30 pagi Pelancaran “Aktivis BERSIH” 
9:45 pagi Panel I: Pelaksanaan Reformasi dalam Fasa Pendemokrasian Negara

Tajuk pembentangan:

  1. Where Are All The Reforms? Promises and Perils of Reformist Prospects, 2018-2024
    Ambiga Sreenevasan, Former Chair of the Institutional Reform Committee
  • What Happened to Electoral Reforms? Institutions, Delineation, Laws and System Change

Ooi Kok Hin, Executive Director, BERSIH

  • Peranan Gerakan Islam dalam Transisi Demokrasi: Potensi, Cabaran dan Pengajaran 2018-2024

Ahmad Fahmi Samsudin, Presiden, ABIM

  • Student Movements During Democratic Transition: Our Demands for Change

Aaliyah Danial, Chairwoman of CONGRESS IIUM & Women Representative of IIUM Student Union

Moderator: Azmil Tayeb, Naib Pengerusi BERSIH dan Prof Madya Sains Politik, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

11:15 pagi Panel 2: Peranan CSO, Agenda Reformasi dan Pemerkasaan Rakyat

Tajuk pembentangan:

    1. Revitalising a People’s Movement: What It Takes and How We Go About It
      Wong Yan Ke, Deputy Chairperson, BERSIH

    2. Elite Lobbying and the Pursuit of Institutional Reforms: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
      Sri Murniati Yusuf, COO & Senior Research Director, IDEAS

    3. Perangi Rasuah: Usaha dan Kerjasama Media dan CSOs Menuntut Pembersihan Politik
      Dato’ Hussamuddin Yaacub, Ketua Pasukan Rasuah Busters
    4. Democracy Against Kleptocracy 2.0:  Rebuilding State, Civil Society, and Student Movements
      Prof. Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore (NUS)


Moderator: Aira Azhari, Ahli Jawatankuasa Pemandu BERSIH

12:30 t/hari Ucapan khas

Dr Azmi Sharom, 

Timbalan Pengerusi, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Malaysia

12:45 t/hari Rehat 

  • Makan tengah hari 
  • Sidang media
  • Pameran/Exhibition “Oral History of Protests, 2007-2022” dan Sesi Perkongsian Tanda Ingatan Peribadi Protes
  • Tayangan Dokumentari “Postal Voting/Vote Malaysia” dan “BERSIH: A Journey to Democratic Breakthrough” 
  • Solat Zohor
1:45 petang  Perbahasan usul

  • Reformasi Pilihan Raya
  • Reformasi Institusi
  • Lebih 30 usul telah dihantar oleh kumpulan NGO/pemikir/mahasiswa dan Jawatankuasa Usul telah menyaring usul-usul berkenaan berdasarkan agenda reformasi pilihan raya dan reformasi institusi yang bersandarkan kepada prinsip-prinsip demokrasi, hak asasi manusia dan keharmonian masyarakat. Sesi perbahasan akan menyaksikan pembentangan, perbahasan dan pengundian usul-usul terpilih untuk menjadi tuntutan dan deklarasi bersama.
4:45 petang Townhall bersama Jawatankuasa Pemandu (SC) BERSIH
5:30 petang Deklarasi Kongres
6:00 petang Bersurai