A poem by Dr Nasir Hashim written after the detention of six PSM activists under the Emergency Ordinance. (The six were subsequently released and now face charges in court in October 2011).
On 4 July 2011, Forum-Asia, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) sent a joint open letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding human rights violations against Bersih 2.0.
Over five dozen civil society groups endorsed a memorandum addressed to the Chief Police Officer in Penang to protest against the ludicrous allegations levelled against 30 PSM activists who were detained on mainland Penang on 25 June 2011.
A look back at the vocal reaction by individuals and groups that followed the government’s attempt to crack down on the Bersih rally.
Bersih 2.0’s goal is simple, which is to help install a system of elections that is beyond reproach and whose outcomes are unchallengeable, writes Toh Kin Woon.
Francis Loh reminds us of the unlevel electoral playing field and the Election Commission’s loss of autonomy.
Rani Rasiah recalls how reason, logic and decency were thrown out of the window and the wildest of fabrications were woven to frighten Malaysians.
Lim Teck Ghee reinforces the case for electoral reforms, pointing to an academic consensus of the glaring shortcomings in the system.
The text of Ambiga Sreenevasan’s speech when she received the award.
Will the rakyat be able to survive the power of the police – and that of the State, wonders Kee Thuan Chye.