The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is proud to announce that the 34-hour Bersih 4 peaceful assembly in KL, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and over 70 cities around the globe has victoriously achieved its purpose.
The people’s presence in Kuala Lumpur, which we estimate at about 500,000 over the span of 34 hours, is a loud and clear show of support of our demands. The rakyat has overcome fear and intimidation and has proven that the call for institutional reform crosses every line of race and religion.
Now begins the even harder work of getting the reforms going, as well as insisting on the resignation of the Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
We have repeatedly asked the people during the peaceful assembly to speak directly with their MPs to move a vote of no confidence against the prime minister, and this must go on. That’s a promise from Bersih 2.0.
The Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee would like to thank the endorsing NGOs, volunteers, programme committee, medical team, security team, the performers especially Bangsa’rt; the legal team and the Bar Council, local overservers from Proham and Suhakam and also international monitoring bodies such as the ICJ and HRW who came in full force.
We also would like to thank media for going through the 34 hours, having to sleep on the pavement together with the international media.
Our thanks also to the churches and temples and the imams who led the daily prayers.
We would like to say thank you to the police for their help, namely Dang Wangi OCPD Zainol Samah, Deputy OCPD Habibi, DSP Gurbinder Singh. It should be emphasised that this is the first Bersih rally with no police abuse of power or brutality, as compared to the previous rallies.
We would like to reiterate that the duty to ensure public order and security lies with the police, with the organisers playing a facilitating role.
Our heartiest thanks to city dwellers, the traders, the restaurants and shops who gave free food, water and use of their restrooms and generously donated to the cause.
Not forgetting the political parties and their MPs for supporting and endorsing our demands.
We also would like to put on record that the arrests made on Rumah Api where 113 youth were arrested is very unfortunate. They were victimised to instil fear. But despite efforts to fail Bersih 4, the crowd stood at 500,000 over 34 hours, with donations totalling up to RM2.45m.
Bersih 4’s greatest achievement was that it stayed peaceful the entire 34 hours with minimal untoward incidents.
We would like to say a special thanks to the ordinary people of Malaysia who contributed in every way possible to make the historic 34-hour peaceful assembly a huge success. Malaysians at Bersih 4 have conducted themselves extremely well, helped out one another, and cleaned up the streets as they left.
We would also like to inform the public that the urgent arrest, medical and legal aid numbers have all ceased to operate.
Maria Chin Abdullah is the chair of Bersih 2.0.
The Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee comprises:
Timbalan Pengerusi: Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan; Bendahari: Masjaliza Hamzah; wakil kebangsaan: Prof Madya Dr Abdul Halim bin Yusof, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri dan New Sin Yew; naib pengerusi: Jannie Lasimbang (Sabah), Ahmad b Awang Ali (Sarawak), Abd Halim b Wan Ismail (Semenanjung Timur), Thomas Fann (Semenanjung Selatan), Simon Lee Ying Wai (Semenanjung Tengah) dan Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (Semenanjung Utara)