The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) condemns in the strongest terms the deportation of Maria Chin Abdullah, the fourth Bersih leader (to suffer the fate), by the Taib Mahmud State Government of Sarawak.
Maria Chin went to Kuching to prepare for the launching of the JOM100 campaign, a campaign aiming at achieving 100 per cent turnout to defeat electoral frauds. Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s act clearly shows that he is terrified by high turnout of Sarawakians in the coming General Elections.
In May 2011, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan and steering committee member Wong Chin Huat too were deported by the Sarawak State Government. They were then advocating for Sarawakians’ right to vote in state elections via absentee voting facilities and campaigning against election corruption.
Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has abused the immigration control power rested in the hand of the state governments, which is meant to prevent economic transmigration but not political and social integration between East and West Malaysians.
Section 67 of the Immigration Act clearly protects the right of “a citizen entering the East Malaysian State for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity”.
What Maria Chin Abdullah and other Bersih 2.0 leaders have been doing are promoting universal suffrage and clean elections in Sarawak. Sarawakians and other Malaysians must stand up and demand that Taib Mahmud to reverse the denial of entry order.
Steering Committee Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0)
The Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Khoo, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Dr Farouk Musa, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.