“Only when elections are clean and fair, can citizens be real masters of their own destiny and expect holders of public office to act with accountability and effectively.“
BERSIH started out as the Joint Action Committee for Electoral Reform, which was formed in July 2005, and the coalition’s objective was to push for a thorough reform of the electoral process in Malaysia. The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (better known by its Bahasa Malaysia name “BERSIH”) issued its first joint communiqué on 23 November 2006.
At its formation, BERSIH comprised civil society organisations and political parties with the objective of campaigning for clean and fair elections in Malaysia. BERSIH’s journey thus far has been both monumental and memorable. The public demonstration of November 2007, which saw thousands of ordinary Malaysians take to the streets in support of clean and fair elections, was a critical juncture in our nation’s electoral journey.
Now, many years later, the aims of BERSIH remain relevant and BERSIH continues its crusade for clean and fair elections independent of any political party, while widening its scope to scrutinise and reform the democratic institutions that are necessary for Malaysia’s political stability.