Category: Commentary/Blog Post

Time for Parliament reform

By Maria Chin Abdullah, BERSIH 2.0 chairperson   In 2011, Malaysians were promised by the Najib Abdul Razak administration that there will be “functional and inclusive democracy”, which he solemnly declared in his Malaysia Day message. However, making the Parliament function and inclusive is an

Change polls system, not just processes

  By Maria Chin Abdullah, BERSIH 2.0 chairperson At the lecture organised by Bersih 2.0, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham) and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last Sunday, University of Glasgow’s Prof Sarah Birch, an international leading expert

Downsize the PM’s Department, Cabinet, perhaps even Parliament!

BERSIH 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah takes issue with the PM’s cabinet ‘reshuffle’. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s further expansion – “reshuffle” would be completely misinformation — of his already bloated cabinet demonstrates a serious malaise in Malaysian politics: public offices are treated as private spoils, to

Bersih's legacy – the eradication of fear Lee Min Keong Jul 11, 11 7:28am Despite weeks of threats and intimidation over the Bersih 2.0 rally and a massive operation to lock down Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, my wife and I joined tens of thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life

Wall Street Journal: Running Scared in Malaysia

The government of Najib Razak is demonizing protesters demanding free and fair elections. July 8, 2011 Opinion Asia By JOHN R. MALOTT The Malaysian government has pulled out all the stops to prevent an rally this weekend. This week, army units conducted crowd control

The day when the people rise up: July 9

By Kim Quek 07.07.1911 That’s it! Bersish finally has had enough of the treacherous conduct of a shameless government which has lost all sense of decency!

EO Detainees Message to The People

The six legal teams for the EO detainees today managed to spend about 15 minutes with each of the detainees. These are their statements to the people of Malaysia.

Hulu S'gor by-election ruling all too predictable

Joe Fernandez (Malaysiakini) COMMENT Often, it doesn’t really take much these days to be a lawyer as demonstrated by the Hulu Selangor election petition case where PKR’s Zaid Ibrahim failed in his bid to challenge the Hulu Selangor by-election results. The High Court today allowed