Malaysia Day Message from BERSIH

Malaysians Deserve Better! Make Voting Easier for Out-of-Region and Overseas Voters The celebration of Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day this year is especially meaningful. As a nation, we have come of age. The weak institutions that allowed a Prime Minister to rob the nation of billions of Ringgits are being restored now

Reject Early Election as Means to Interfere in Judicial Process. Let Ismail Government go Full Term

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) staunchly rejects the push by certain quarters in UMNO to have an early 15th General Election (GE15) to save kleptocrats from justice in court. BERSIH calls upon all parties to instead support a new convention of ‘fixed term parliament’ by allowing the 14th Parliament

BERSIH Applauds the Federal Court Verdict on Najib Razak as a Clear and Strong Message Against Corruption

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) applauds the Federal Court’s decision in upholding former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s convictions and sentences on all 7 counts of abuse of power and misappropriation of funds in the SRC International case, citing that the defence “was inherently inconsistent that it fails to raised

BERSIH Hails The Passing of The Anti-Hopping Amendments But More Reforms Needed

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) congratulates the Federal government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) on the passing of the long-overdue Constitutional (Amendment) (No 3) Bill 2022 (Anti-Hopping Amendments) at the Dewan Rakyat today. The passing of this Bill is a testament of the success of the Memorandum of Understanding for

PM Ismail Sabri Should Stabilise Politics With More Institutional Reforms Till July 2023 — BERSIH

The Coalition of Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) calls on Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to advance an agenda of political transformation that can ensure political stability and accountability after GE15. The guessing game of GE15 is hurting the nation with not only uncertainty that affects decisions to be made in economy

Protest Is Not Only A Fundamental Constitutional Right But An Integral Part Of Our History — BERSIH

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) reiterates that peaceful assembly is a fundamental right of all citizens guaranteed under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, along with the right to freedom of speech, expression and to form associations. Furthermore, the freedom to protest without violence is enshrined in our supreme

No OSA. Anti-Hopping Bill Deliberation Should Maximally Inform and Involve the Public — BERSIH

First published on BERSIH's Facebook page The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on Anti-Hopping Law (AHL) to maximally inform and involve the public, so that the resultant bill would meet public expectation and necessary compromises would enjoy public support. BERSIH calls upon the

Elections during COVID-19: Reforms can cure ailing democracy

First published on Malaysiakini on 30 January 2022, "Elections during COVID-19: Reforms can cure ailing democracy" was produced under the ANFREL Southeast Asia Media Fellowship on Election Reporting. By Ng Xiang Yi The poor voter turnout in the Malacca (65.85 percent) and Sarawak (60.67 percent) state elections last year amid the Covid-19

Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment – Series #9: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Myanmar (December 2021)

The following is the December issue of ANFREL's Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment to provide an update on democracy and election-related issues in selected countries and territories under a restrictive environment. Download here: Monthly Brief on Countries under Restrictive Environment - Series #9: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar & Hong Kong

Call for Applications: ANFREL SEA Media Fellowship on Election Reporting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the leading election monitoring group in Asia, is proud to launch its pilot media fellowship on election reporting for Southeast Asian journalists. The fellowship program seeks to equip journalists from independent news outlets and freelance journalists in empowering the electorate through crucial reporting of underrepresented

People of Malaysia Mark Historic Elections; ANFREL Calls on New Government to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

Bangkok, 10 May 2018 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of Malaysia for actively participating in the country’s 14th general elections. It is commendable that the Malaysian people were able to overcome all obstacles that could have prevented them from exercising their democratic right to vote. Civil

Free Adil!: Statement demanding the Malaysian Government to release of Adil Rahman Khan

  Bangkok, Thailand -- The Asian Network for Free Elections (Anfrel) considers the arrest of Adil Rahman Khan, without citing any justification, as an effort by the Malaysian Government to silence rights defenders. Our network of organization across Asia stands in solidarity with Mr. Adil and demands for his immediate release.  

ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Government to uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression

November 22, 2016 ANFREL condemns arrests, urges Malaysian Governmentto uphold freedom of assembly, association and expression BANGKOK, THAILAND -- On November 18, Malaysian Police officers raided the office of Bersih 2.0, and arrested its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, secretariat manager Mandeep Singh, and seven other supporters. The arrests were made on the

Malaysia’s BERSIH 2.0: Moving of Voters across DUN (State Assemblies) and Parliament is against the Federal Constitution

1 July 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia's  Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) earlier today filed a complaint before the Election Commission of Malaysia or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) and demands for it to "explain why voters have been moved to a different DUN (State Assembly) and Parliament constituency. This happened

ANFREL Concerned about Prosecution of Human Rights Defenders and Electoral Reformers in Malaysia

His Excellency Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaysia Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Main Block, Perdana Putra Building Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia   Re: Statement on the continuing persecution and attempt to silence Adam Adli Your

BERSIH2.0 Annual Report 2014

BERSIH in 2014: picking up the pieces of GE13 & the race to face redelineation THE YEAR AFTER the highly charged 13th General Election (GE13) remained a busy one for BERSIH 2.0. PEMANTAU & People’s Tribunal First, the report of PEMANTAU was published. The monumental civil society initiative to monitor GE13—by BERSIH

Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns About May 5th Election Require Sincere Investigation and Reform

  Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns Require Investigation and Reform   The 5th May 2012 general election in Malaysia, the country’s 13th, had an encouraging record turnout of 80 percent of eligible voters exercising their franchise and the election day processes of polling and counting were generally peaceful. But taking both of those

Election Observation Training for Civil Society organisations and Election Monitoring Groups in Malaysia

Election Observation Training for Civil Society organisations and Election Monitoring Groups in Malaysia [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Evaluation-Malaysia-Training-30-Jan-2013.pdf[/embed]   Election Observation Training for Civil Society organisations and Election Monitoring > Picture   authuser=0&feat=directlink"]

ANFREL coordinators in Kuala Lumpur to Meet with Election Commission

Two of ANFREL’s coordinators recently met with the Secretary of the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Malaysia, the Malaysian Election Commission, Datuk Kamaruddin bin Mohamed Baria. The two ANFREL representatives were in Kuala Lumpur to meet members of the election commission and other election stakeholders.  At the meeting with the SPR, ANFREL discussed

More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia

ANFREL Statement on Observer Accreditation in Malaysia For Immediate Release More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia BANGKOK, 28 June 2012 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to acknowledge the Election Commission of Malaysia’s (SPR) recent accreditation of several organisations to observe the upcoming elections. Official

ANFREL Press Statement : Malaysian Electoral Reforms Crucial for Democracy in ASEAN

ANFREL Press Statement : Malaysian Electoral Reforms Crucial for Democracy in ASEAN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Malaysian Electoral Reforms Crucial for Democracy in ASEAN BANGKOK, 04 May 2012 – While the significance of the rallies on 28th April will undoubtedly continue to be debated for some time, it is important that the debate

ANFREL Encourages Rethink of Proposed Electoral Law on Malaysians Living Abroad

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) encourages countries to allow citizens living abroad to be able to participate in their home countries’ elections. A citizen’s right to participate in their country’s election is a universal one and shouldn’t be restricted when good methods exist to allow voters abroad to participate.  This

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