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Federal Court Dismisses GOVT’s Leave To Appeal Over Bersih Property Damage Lawsuit

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PUTRAJAYA – The Court of Appeal ruling that the government has no right to sue organisers of the Bersih rally to recover losses for damaged public property incurred in the rally, stands. This follows the Federal Court decision today, in dismissing the government’s application for leave to appeal against that appellate court landmark decision. A…

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Jamal Wants To Start Bersih 7

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KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh from his release from remand, Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos (pic) announced that he would start a “Bersih 7” movement to “save Selangor” from the PKR-led government. He said the movement would be launched at 3pm Wednesday at the Selangor state secretariat building in Shah Alam. “The movement will involve…

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Bersih 5: A Gathering Of 3,000 Rally-Goers

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KUALA LUMPUR – 12.38pm: Due to police barricades, some 3,000 Bersih 5 rally-goers from the National Mosque are rerouting their march towards Masjid Jamek, to converge with another group there. 12.36pm: The first negotiation between Bersih 5 representatives and the police today failed as the police has rejected the group’s request to pass through Jalan…

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Bersih Adamant That Rally Will Go On This Saturday

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PETALING JAYA: The Bersih 5 rally planned for Saturday will proceed as scheduled despite renewed calls for it to be called off, purportedly because street demonstrations are against Malaysian culture. “Street demonstrations have always been in our culture,” said Maria Chin Abdullah, chairman of Bersih 2.0, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) behind the rally. “If you…

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Disciplinary Action Awaits Teachers Participating In Bersih Rally

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KUALA LUMPUR – All teachers have been warned not to participate in the Bersih rally scheduled for Saturday, or face disciplinary action. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said among the disciplinary actions that could be taken against the teachers was suspension from duty. “Apart from teachers, officers and staff of the Education Ministry, State…

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Bersih, Red Shirts Groups Not Registered Under Societies Act

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PUTRAJAYA – The Registrar of Societies today confirmed that the Bersih and Red Shirts groups are not registered under the Societies Act 1996, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said RoS director-general Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah felt that the two groups should register…

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Police Report Made Against Nov 12 Mantin Bersih Gathering

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NILAI – Twenty-five people lodged a police report today against the proposed Bersih 5 convoy and talk in Mantin on Nov 12. The group, comprising UMNO members and village development and security committee chairmen and led by Ghani Daud, chairman of the Barisan Nasional coordinating committee for the Nilai state seat, made the report at…

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Bank Negara Should Investigate, Freeze Assets And Accounts Of Bersih Organisers

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SHAH ALAM – Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) should investigate and freeze all assets and accounts, including personal ones owned by Bersih rally organisers as they may have been used to store the group’s funds, says Confederation of Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) Malaysia chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunos. He said the move was important following the disclosure…

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Investigate Info That Soros Is Funding Bersih

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KUALA LUMPUR – The information that hedge fund billionaire George Soros is funding Bersih, Merdeka Centre and Malaysiakini must be investigated, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said. He said the investigation must also be done empirically, that is by means of observation and scientific experimentation. Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home…

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Rahman Dahlan: Bersih Just Another Tool For The Opposition

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PETALING JAYA: It’s time to stop pretending that Bersih is non-partisan and apolitical, said Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic). The Barisan Nasional strategic communications director said DAP’s Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming had asked him to prove that Bersih is out to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional government. “It is time to call a…

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Call Off Further Rallies, Red Shirts And Bersih Urged

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JOHOR BARU: The organisers of both Red Shirts and Bersih have been urged to call off further rallies, for lack of public support. In making the call, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said both sides did not get the numbers they expected at their gatherings on Saturday. “This shows that the rakyat cannot…

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Green Light For Bersih 5 Rally

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PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 confirms that it will be holding a Bersih 5 rally to protest the issues affecting 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). However, Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said that no date had been fixed yet. “We need to do awareness at the present moment. At the ground level, the impact of 1MDB is…

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EC Chairman Denies ‘Plan’ To Call On BERSIH Chairman

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PUTRAJAYA – Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah has denied a Malaysiakini report that he ‘plans’ to call on BERSIH chairman Maria Chin Abdullah. “My statement was general in nature and was not specifically about BERSIH as reported by news portal Malaysiakini,” he said in a statement here, Thursday. Mohamad Hashim hopes…

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Bersih 4 Organisers To Remain Silent On Account Of Public Donations

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KUALA LUMPUR – The organisers of the Bersih 4 rally said they would remain silent on the account details of the public donations they received until the police charged them in court. Bersih 4 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, however, said the total amount of money collected from the public was about RM2.45 million. “They (police)…

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Bersih 4 Rally Ends Peacefully

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KUALA LUMPUR – The two-day Bersih 4 rally ended peacefully at midnight as scheduled with the thousands of participants dispersing in an orderly manner under the watchful eyes of the police. Although the police received 27 reports and opened five investigation papers, the situation was under control throughout. The protesters who had gathered around Dataran…

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Dr M Drops By To See What It’s Like

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali paid a visit to Dataran Merdeka, hours after the former prime minister told a crowd in Johor that he was thinking of joining the Bersih 4 rally. The couple arrived at the square at about 7.30pm and were greeted by…

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Bersih 4 Rally Continues With Many Returning From Break

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Bersih 4 rally has grown larger, with many returning from a break and others joining the crowd for the first time at Dataran Merdeka and the Song Kheng Hai field in Kuching. In Sabah, the gathering held at the Taman Awam Likas in Kota Kinabalu dispersed at 9 pm yesterday, but…

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Coalition Of Malaysian NGOs Against Holding Bersih 4.0

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KUALA LUMPUR – A coalition of Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGO) is proposing to gather its supporters here this Saturday as a protest against Bersih 4.0 assembly which has been considered illegal by the police. Its chairman, Datuk Jamal Md Yunos who heads the group dubbed ‘Bersih 4.0 Loves Peace’, said they viewed the holding of…

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No Go For Bersih 4.0 Rally

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KUALA LUMPUR: City police will not allow the Bersih 4.0 rally to go on now that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is not allowing the gathering to be held at Dataran Merdeka and Padang Merbok. City police chief Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said the organisers have not got back to police to give notice…

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Bersih 4.0 Organisers List Five Demands, Propose Institutional Reforms

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KUALA LUMPUR – The organisers of the upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally have put forth a list of five demands and 10 proposed institutional reforms. Speaking at the Bersih forum yesterday evening, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said: “The demands are for free and fair elections, a transparent government, the right to demonstrate,…

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‘Selfish’ Bersih 4.0 Organisers Focused On Toppling Govt

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BATU PAHAT – What’s so ‘bersih’ (clean) about Bersih 4.0? These are the sentiments of the inspector-general of police who has deemed the organisers of Bersih 4.0 as nothing less than selfish and fuelled by an agenda to topple the government. He said this was based on their willingness to go ahead with demonstrations which…

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Crackdown On Bersih 4.0 Rally If Plan Is To Topple Govt

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police will intervene if the proposed Bersih 4.0 rally on Aug 29 and 30 is about toppling the government, said Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim. The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said police will allow the rally to take place according to the laws but would not tolerate calls to topple the government illegally.…

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Govt. Loses Suit Against Bersih Over Property Damage

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Government has lost its claim against the Bersih 2.0 steering committee for damages to public property during the Bersih 3 rally on April 28, 2012. This is the first time the Government had filed a civil suit against the organiser of a rally under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012. Former…

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