BERSIH Calls for Structural Reforms of MACC and Commissioner Appointment Mechanism to Strengthen Independence and Accountability

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) has launched a comprehensive study on the Reform of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during an event with Rasuah Busters at Karangkraf, Shah Alam, yesterday. BERSIH believes that the current structure of the MACC has many weaknesses and gaps, especially when the institution was

Bersih launches research paper on MACC

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) released a commissioned research paper on the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, 18 July 2024. The report titled "Strengthening the Independence and Accountability of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission: Problems, Case Studies, and Reform Strategies" presented key institutional issues that tackle independence, accountability and constitutional

BERSIH Meets Deputy Prime Minister II, Emphasizes Fair Delineation and Advance Voting in Memorandum for Electoral and Institutional Reform

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) met with the Deputy Prime Minister II, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, in Parliament today (9 July 2024). BERSIH took this opportunity to submit a memorandum detailing the proposed reform agenda, particularly on the issues of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation for Members of

Pork-Barrel Politics in Sungai Bakap By-Election

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) condemns the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the Madani Government will establish a Senior Citizen Center (PAWE) and build a Tamil school in Sungai Bakap if they win in the Sungai Bakap by-election. The announcement, made at the

New Election Commission Chairperson: After hat-trick of broken promise by Unity Government, what is left for electoral reform?

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) expresses our deepest disappointment in the Unity Government and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim for violating their election promise for the third time in appointing an election commissioner without undergoing Parliamentary committees. This is done despite the chair of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on

Madani Government Should Not Become What They Once Despised

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to the recent announcements of new allocations made by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister of Housing and Local Government Nga Kor Ming in Penang. On June 11, Prime Minister Anwar, through his political secretary Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, delivered contributions worth RM290,000

CSOs express concern over upcoming appointment of new EC chairperson in Malaysia

In an open letter, civil society organizations in Malaysia including ANFREL member the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH), expressed "utmost concern" on the upcoming appointment of a new Election Commission (EC) chairperson. The letter said the appointments of two EC commissioners under the current government's administration were done without going

The Appointment Process of New EC Members Contravenes Manifesto and Reformasi Spirit

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) expresses disappointment with the latest appointment of Election Commission (EC) member without parliamentary review. The EC , through a post on their Facebook page, welcomed its newest member, Datuk Haji Sapdin bin Ibrahim, who began his duties on Monday (6 May). This latest development

Federal Government Must Give Public Commitment that the Separation of Powers Between Attorney General and Public Prosecutor Will Be Implemented Before the 2026 Budget

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to a statement by YB Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform) yesterday (2 April 2024) that the initiative to separate the powers of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor will be implemented

The Prime Minister Needs to Urgently Reform The Mechanism for Appointing Members of the Election Commission

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and the Federal Government to promptly implement reforms to the process of appointing members of the Election Commission, especially for the position of Chairperson. Tan Sri Abdul Ghani, the Chairman of the EC, is due to retire in

BERSIH Welcomes the Government’s Move to Accord More Autonomy to Parliament, and Urges the Parliamentary Services Act be Tabled Before the End of 2024

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes Law Minister YB Dato' Sri Azalina Othman Said's statement that the government has agreed in principle to amend the Federal Constitution and re-enact the Parliamentary Services Act (PSA) to grant administrative and financial autonomy to Parliament. PSA is required for the Parliament to

100% Reform Now, No More Excuses

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH), along with the coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), youth movements, and students expresses its disappointment and anger regarding the latest developments in the implementation of the reform agenda in this country. The 'gift’ of DNAA (discharged not amounting to acquittal) in corruption cases

BERSIH Welcomes Developments in Implementing the Separation of Powers between the AG and Public Prosecutor

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes the statement issued by the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reforms), YB M. Kulasegaran, yesterday regarding the timeline for implementing the separation of powers between the Attorney General (AG) and the Public Prosecutor (PP). According to him, the

No DNAA For Corruption Cases Involving Politicians

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to the money laundering case (AMLA) of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak involving funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) amounting to RM27 million, where he was told yesterday he could apply for full acquittal or discharge not amounting to an

Redelineation: BERSIH proposes that the Election Commission expands engagements with stakeholders and expedite electoral reform efforts

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) proposes that the Election Commission (EC) engage with all stakeholders in discussions and engagements to obtain their full views and concerns with respect to the redelineation process before the redelineation process actually begins. This is critical to provide clarity and alleviate concerns about the

Article by BERSIH Chair: Avoid Looking at Local Government Elections from a Racial Perspective

The issue of local government elections has always been racialised and made a sensitive topic. Historically, local government elections have been linked with incidents of unrest related to the nation’s political stability, especially in the 1960s. This eventually led to the suspension of local government elections in the year 1965, and consequently

Reforms at Snail’s Pace: First Year Assessment of the Unity Government on Electoral and Institutional Reforms, 2022-2023

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) congratulates the Unity Government for some of the institutional reforms carried out in its first year and urges for more as promised by the respective coalitions and parties in the government, in particularly Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional. We opined that a post-election coalition

ANFREL members recognized for election work, championing FOI

Several ANFREL members were recently recognized for their election work and for championing freedom of information. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) in the Philippines was one of the awardees during the 2023 FOI Awards which recognize government agencies, partners, individuals and civil society organizations that significantly contribute to the development

New Steering Committee of BERSIH 2023-2025 elected

Press release of Election Committee of BERSIH10 November 2023 New Steering Committee of BERSIH 2023-2025 elected The Election Committee established to conduct the election of the new Steering Committee of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (BERSIH) for the term of 2023 – 2025, had completed the process of polling from

Regional Roundtable Concluded with the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Apportionment and Boundary Delimitation

The “Asia & the Pacific Roundtable Discussion on Boundary Delimitation & Malapportionment: Practice & Solutions”, concluded after two days of discussion on 28th and 29th October with the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Apportionment and Boundary Delimitation. It was jointly organised by The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), The

BERSIH to hold election for new Steering Committee

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) will be having an election to determine the new leadership line up for the term 2023-2025. As the name suggests, BERSIH is a coalition of 58 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and each NGO is eligible to nominate, vote and have a say in the coalition’s

BERSIH launches essay and video competition on democracy

UPDATE: Submission deadline extended until 31 October 2023. The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) launched an essay and video competition in conjunction with Malaysia Day and the International Day of Democracy. The public are invited to submit an essay or a video about the following: why democracy is important, most

Minister’s Taskforce and PSSC Proceeding on AG Separation are Welcomed Moves, but PM Must Publicly Declare Timeline for Separation by 2025

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (BERSIH) welcomes the establishment of two taskforce to expedite the separation of roles and powers between the attorney-general (AG) and public prosecutor (PP) by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Azalina Othman Said, as well as the proceedings called by

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