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BERSIH - EC Betrays People's Mandate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 March 2021 14:31

Press Statement from BERSIH 2.0 (26 March 2021): EC Betrays Peoples’ Mandate


The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) strongly condemns the Election Commission's (EC) decision to postpone the implementation of Undi18 to September 2022. EC Chairperson Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh should immediately resign to make way for a successor who has the integrity and competence to implement the lowering of voting age to 18 (UNDI18) and Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) by July 2021 as planned.


The EC’s decision is a robbery of the rights of about four million Malaysians aged 18-20 to shape the direction of the country at the polls, when the next federal, state or by-election is called. Riding on the COVID-19 pandemic is absurd because it has nothing to do with the implementation of Undi18 as the necessary information already exist in the database of the National Registration Department (JPN).


Abdul Ghani Sallah’s lame excuse on Covid-19 is a blatant lie to confuse the public by mixing UNDI18 and AVR. There is no technicality whatsoever involved in registering voters aged 18-21. It could have been implemented in 2019 after the Constitutional Amendment was gazetted. UNDI18 was delayed only because PAS had demanded for UNDI18 and AVR to be commenced concurrently.


Up until November 3, 2020, eight months after the commencement of the first Movement Control Order (MCO), de facto Law Minister Dato’ Takiyuddin Hassan in his parliamentary reply to Lim Lip Eng MP of Kepong still promised that with the works carried out by a joint EC-JPN taskforce, AVR was expected to be implemented latest by July 2021, within the EC’s initial estimated timeline, ie 18-24 months from 25 July 2019, when the Constitutional Amendment was passed by the Senate.


The EC must answer to all Malaysians what have changed between November 3, 2020 and yesterday and whether the EC-JPN taskforce and its contractors have encountered unexpected failures in their works. The EC needs to be upfront and transparent, or it will be considered as a yes-man to the ruling party, whose senior leaders have expressed reluctance to see Undi18 being implemented.


Malaysians, especially the young voters, are very disappointed with the EC's decision to postpone the implementation of Undi18. BERSIH 2.0 and other civil society organisations will not hesitate to take bolder action if the EC does not speed up the implementation of Undi18 which has been delayed for almost three years.


BERSIH 2.0 also demands that the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin immediately allow Parliament to convene that Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations and other relevant legislations may be updated to enable implementation of UNDI18 and AVR. Muhyiddin Yassin and the EC chairman must bear the sole responsibility for any delay in the implementation of Undi18.


Released by,

The Steering Committee of BERSIH 2.0

Last Updated on Friday, 26 March 2021 14:37
CSO Platform for Reform- Jangan Sengaja Mudaratkan ..... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:10

The CSO Platform for Reform Statement endorsed by 76 civil society organisations, NGO coalitions & social movements is below:-






25 Oktober 2020

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:37
WOW! Only 108 left? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 23:26

By Jayanath Appudurai


ACCORDING to the Government Transformation Programme [GTP] Annual Report released on 27 March 2011, there are only “108 extreme poor households” left. The GTP within a span of 12 months transformed the lives of 44,535 extreme poor households. {See Chart}


To say the least, this is a stupendous achievement! An intractable problem that the nation has been grappling with for more than 40 years has ostensibly been solved in 1 year!

Should not the Government be lauded for this?


Guess, it all depends on how ‘extreme poor’ is defined?


The GTP’s definition is as shown below:

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 23:48
Lawmaker fails to register child as 'anak Malaysia' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:11

WE typically refrain from 'stealing' articles, but this piece by Malaysiakini is a must read - a lawmaker who's willing to walk the talk yet gets thwarted in the effort. Howzat, Mr Prime Minister?

By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

First published in Malaysiakini (subscription required)


Picture / The Star file picture

IN a bid to reject racial politics, a state assemblyperson attempted to register her daughter's race as 'Anak Malaysia' but was told by national registration officers that the current system does not allow this.

The six-day-old baby girl, Shay Adora Ram, who almost became the nation's first official 'anak Malaysia', is the first child of Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh and Ramachandran Muniandy.

The parents went to the National Registration Department headquarters in Putrajaya today to register Shay for her birth certificate.

"We were given a form to fill up. So we put 'anak Malaysia' in the column for 'race', but we were told by the officer that her race must be defined according to the parents' race, which is Chinese or Indian," Yeoh (right) told Malaysiakini when contacted today.

"We replied that my daughter is not Chinese or Indian."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:32
History not just glory of the past PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:44

historyBy Dr Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja

First published in Sun2Surf

THE announcement by the government to make history a must-pass subject in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) from 2013 seems to have received indifferent responses from many quarters. Although the majority agreed history is important for nation building some have warned that one has to be cautious before implementing the policy.

As a historian I would like to state my view on the matter. It is a known fact that the subject of history in school doesn’t attract the interest of students and this view would be shared by teachers too.

The common grouses are that the subject is boring, syllabus is too wide, politically aligned, favours a particular race, the focus is on one main religious civilisation, memorising of dates and personalities, hero worshipping certain events in history and moral lessons for every historical event. History then is memorised for the sake of passing exams.

The emphasis of Form Five syllabus which draw moral lessons from historical events is indeed true in the exam questions. The exam papers are filled with questions relating to the morals of a particular historical occurrence.

History lessons in Malaysian schools seem to be meant for nation-building and fail to appreciate the subject as it is.

History is not everything about the greatness of the past but also the dark side of a nation. History can no longer be limited to the story of great wars or narrative of political events. It must give due attention not only to few outstanding men whose names are known in Malaysian history but also to the anonymous masses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:06

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