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Bersih rep’s deportation indicates Taib’s fear of high voter turnout

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) condemns in the strongest terms the deportation of Maria Chin Abdullah, the fourth Bersih leader (to suffer the fate), by the Taib Mahmud State Government of Sarawak.

Maria Chin went to Kuching to prepare for the launching of the JOM100 campaign, a campaign aiming at achieving 100 per cent turnout to defeat electoral frauds. Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s act clearly shows that he is terrified by high turnout of Sarawakians in the coming General Elections.

In May 2011, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan and steering committee member Wong Chin Huat too were deported by the Sarawak State Government. They were then advocating for Sarawakians’ right to vote in state elections via absentee voting facilities and campaigning against election corruption.

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has abused the immigration control power rested in the hand of the state governments, which is meant to prevent economic transmigration but not political and social integration between East and West Malaysians.

Section 67 of the Immigration Act clearly protects the right of “a citizen entering the East Malaysian State for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity”.

What Maria Chin Abdullah and other Bersih 2.0 leaders have been doing are promoting universal suffrage and clean elections in Sarawak. Sarawakians and other Malaysians must stand up and demand that Taib Mahmud to reverse the denial of entry order.

Steering Committee Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0)

The Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0 comprises:
Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Co-Chairperson), Datuk A. Samad Said (Co-Chairperson), Ahmad Shukri Abdul Razab, Andrew Khoo, Arul Prakkash, Arumugam K., Dr Farouk Musa, Liau Kok Fah, Maria Chin Abdullah, Richard Y W Yeoh, Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon, Dr Wong Chin Huat, Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh and Zaid Kamaruddin.

The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

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Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ
28 Apr 2012 2.14pm

Now our ultimatum response. We take this opportunity to call a curse on UMNO, PBB, Taib’s families, on all his cronies and supporters, not forgetting Speaker Asfia who blocks and switches of PA mircrophones against opposition…

The wealth stolen from Sarawak is endless & countless. Morgan Stanley in Singapore as saying that the Malaysia might have lost as much as US$100 billion since the early 1980s to corruption (RM300 billion = RM300,000 million.
Alan Newman, NZ

Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ
24 Mar 2012 2.08pm

RM800million a day! Malaysia Chronicle: “For the first decade… Malaysia has lost a staggering RM1.08 trillion (US$338 billion) (RM800million a day) in illicit outflows which is the fourth highest in the developing world……The Global Financial Integrity (GFI) reported in January that RM930 billion flowed out of Malaysia from 2000 to 2008…The report elaborated further by stating that the increase was “at a scaled seen in few Asian countries” .Economists Sarah Freitas and Dev Kar, who is a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund, stressed that these illicit outflows are basically illicit transfers of the proceeds of bribery, theft, kickbacks and tax evasion.” In other words, it refers to corruption money or black money that is obtained illegally…… ENOUGH … NOT ANOTHER DAY!

Gopal Raj Kumar
3 Apr 2012 2.47pm

And you rely on the IMF a discredited organization for your “facts”.

Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ
24 Mar 2012 2.05pm

Political leaders should never think and behave like they own the country. They were only elected to serve the electorates! The likes of Mubarak, Gaddafi & Ashad weren’t even elected. UMNO, BN, PBB & their cronies’ … plundering and preying on the people with gerrymandering, vote-rigging, controlled deceptive media and muti-billion (scandals) are crime and evil of the highest degree, because these destroy the livelihood of many, or millions. These criminals must be severely punished.

Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ
24 Mar 2012 2.04pm

A registered letter, which we sent in December 2011 and was signed by 15 NGOs from eight countries calling on Malaysia’s authorities to arrest Taib and 13 family members, has been left unanswered. Has the PM got any trace of moral, dignity and sense of shame left? Watching from NZ, rated top for democracy, and transparency, this is despicable, this is a disgrace to the whole Country Malaysia. Why are Sarawakians & Malaysian tolerating this rot & stench? This reflects on the people too.

Gopal Raj Kumar
3 Apr 2012 2.53pm

NGO’s are undemocratic swill who are not elected, have no valid mandate and serve single purposes. Why have they not called for or demanded the trials of people like Bush and Blair and Howard for their war crimes in places like Irak, Afghanistan and now Iran?

Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ
24 Mar 2012 2.04pm

Am writing from NZ, rated among the world most democratic, uncorrupt countries:
Sarawak’s biggest criminal & his cronies have stolen directly or indirectly, billions of $ from the people. … without the slightest trace of humility or remorse. He still stands & speaks proudly. Gosh! How can you tolerate this another day! Sit-ins, stop-work, blockages, protests, marches, should have started 30 years ago by NZ’s standard. Has no one in Sarawak got any guts? …

Gopal Raj Kumar
3 Apr 2012 2.50pm

Clearly you were never around during the time of … Robert Muldoon and his cronies like Robert Jones.

Don’t flatter yourself with the term “cleanest uncorrupt” countries. New Zealand was instrumental in destabilizing Fiji, an act of corruption of itself.

Its actions throughout the Pacific with Australia exceeds and enlarges the meaning of the term corruption.

The Chief Minister of the state in his internal immigration chief in their estimation have decided these people are a nuisance.

The word “legitimate political activity” does not have a definition within the Malaysian constitution. Therefore it is discretionary and that discretion lies squarely in the hands of the Chief minister and his officers.

And if it must be known it is people like Bersih’s martyr in chief Ambiga Sreenivasan and her membership in the Malaysian Bar that draft Malaysian legislation but are too dumb and vain to know of or acknowledge their shortcomings and their mistakes in this regard.

The Malaysian Bar is (an allegedly) corrupted organization with little unmeritorious coeteries working within. Its called “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch my back”.

tun saifuddin
tun saifuddin
12 Mar 2012 5.41am

So idiot the bersih wen they are all dirty n racist

12 Mar 2012 12.22pm
Reply to  tun saifuddin

Tun saifuddin, you speak on behalf of Taib? Did he say Bersih is dirty and racist?

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