Bersih 2.0: Legal action against MCMC and Home Minister

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is currently in consultation with lawyers on a potential legal action against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and the Home Minister.

In a desperate attempt to suppress the Bersih 4 rally, the MCMC and Home Minister have done the following acts:

MCMC has blocked Bersih 2.0’s website (http://www.bersih.org) since 27 August 2015.

The Home Minister had on the same day issued an order under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 prohibiting “Any yellow coloured clothing and which contains the words ‘Bersih 4′” and “Any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 rally”.

Both the MCMC and the Home Minister’s actions are made in bad faith. They have abused their powers and they have outlawed the legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression by millions of Malaysians guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.

It is evident that the Bersih 4 rally was peaceful, and the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians gathered on 29-30 August 2015 were united in wanting what is best for Malaysia.

Therefore, Bersih 2.0 will consider taking all necessary steps to right the wrongs committed by MCMC and the Home Minister.

The Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0, which consists of:

Chairperson: Maria Chin Abdullah; Deputy Chairperson: Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan; Treasurer: Masjaliza Hamzah; national representatives: Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Halim bin Yusof, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri; vice-chairpersons: Jannie Lasimbang (Sabah), Ahmad b Awang Ali (Sarawak), Abd Halim b Wan Ismail (East Peninsula), Thomas Fann (South Peninsula), Simon Lee Ying Wai (Central Peninsula) and Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (North Peninsula).

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