Much has been said about the phenomenal and inspiring response by Malaysians to the Bersih 3.0 rally in KL. While much of the media attention focused on KL, two Bersih-related events organised by Aliran in Penang on 28-29 April escaped public notice.
In our cover story, Francis Loh writes about the first event, Penang Bersih 3.0 solidarity gathering at Esplanade on 28 April, which received substantial public support.
In our centre pages, we have a photo-story of the rally by Lye Tuck-Po. We also reproduce a poem by Pak Samad that was read out by the crowd at the Penang event.
At the second event in Penang, a high tea organised by Aliran, Pak Samad and other Bersih Steering Committee members spoke about what happened at the huge rally in KL. Lucia Lai has the story. P Ramakrishnan, in his speech at the high tea, reproduced on the back cover, stressed that Malaysians must reclaim their democracy and never, ever surrender our freedom.
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Turning to KL, Hope reflects on her short walk in KL during Bersih 3.0 and concludes that Malaysians really want a change for the better. The police brutality that marred the rally, however, has stripped KL of her innocent allure, observes Tan Ban Cheng.
Bersih gatherings were held in over 80 locations globally in an amazing show of solidarity. Radin Faizal Arif reports from the successful Canberra Bersih gathering while Lim Chee Han writes of a warm and spirited gathering at Berlin Bersih 3.0.
Finally, we carry Bersih’s enlightening response to the Parliamentary Steering Committee on electoral reforms.