13 Facts About Bersih


Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections or Bersih is a coalition of non-governmental organisations which seeks to reform the current electoral system in Malaysia to improve its democracy by ensuring free, clean and fair elections among other reforms.

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Idea of Bersih was initiated by five opposition parties in 2005 which later included other NGOs in this as well.

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Bersih accused the Election Commission under Prime Minister's Department for manipulating the electoral process to give an unfair advantage to the ruling National Front coalition.

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Bersih claimed that the electoral roll was marred by irregularities such as gerrymandering, phantom voters, malapportionment and postal vote frauds.

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On 10 November 2007, Bersih organised the first rally with 10,000 to 40,000 turnout and held a public demonstration at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

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Supporters of Bersih were urged to wear yellow T-shirts as a symbol of protest.

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Bersih started out as a Joint Action Committee for Electoral Reform which was formed in July 2005.

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On Saturday 10 November 2007, Bersih held the first mass rally to make four demands to ensure a clean and fair electoral process in Malaysia:.

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Bersih estimated the turnout to be at least 30,000, while the official claimed there were 10,000 protesters.

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Ahead of the anticipated 2012 13th general election, Bersih scheduled a second public demonstration at Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 2011.

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Bersih was unsatisfied with the PSC reports as the existing Election Commission was tasked to carry out the recommendations; many of the recommendations asked for a lengthy implementation period; many allegations of electoral frauds were not acknowledged in the report.

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Global Bersih is a movement by Malaysian diaspora communities to lend support to Bersih and its cause.

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On 23 November 2006, Bersih issued its first joint communique with the endorsement from 25 non-governmental organisations and 5 political parties:.

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