The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) regrets the decision of the High Court earlier today to set aside Bersih’s challenge on the banning of the Bersih 4 yellow T-shirts by the home ministry last year.
In the judgment, the court affirmed that the home minister acted within his powers and there were no procedural defects in banning the T-shirts. He also added the government has to safeguard public order, security, and peace.
Bersih 2.0 maintains its position that the banning of the T-shirt was unreasonable and made in bad faith. Via the ban, the home minister effectively ‘criminalised’ thousands of Malaysians who wore and still own the Bersih 4 T-shirt.
The Bersih 4 T-shirt may sound trivial, but it is more than just a piece of cloth. The T-shirt represents our rights, freedom, and expression.
The ban was clearly a move to instil fear, but we are sure that Malaysians will not be intimidated by this tactic. We urge Malaysians to continue wearing the T-shirt with a clear conscience in affirmation of our rights.
Bersih 2.0 will take the necessary steps to appeal the court’s decision. We reiterate the people’s will and commitment towards defending our rights and democracy in Malaysia.
Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, comprising:
Chairperson: Maria Chin Abdullah; Deputy Chairperson: Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari; Treasurer: Thomas Fann; National Representatives: Ng Geok Chee, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri dan Rama Ramanathan; Vice Chairperons: Ann Teo (Sarawak), Benedict Mansul (Sabah), Ong Lai Mun (Southern Peninsular), Jay Jay Denis (Central Peninsular), Muhammad Safwan Anang @Talib (East Peninsular) dan Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (North Peninsular)