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Bersih 3.0 update: Venue for April 28 rally in Melbourne announced

Sumisha Naidu

Wed Apr 18 2012

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UPDATE 28/4/2012: More than a thousand rally in Melbourne for Bersih 3.0.

Follow @meldmagazine for updates from the rally as it unfolds in Melbourne.

You may also wish to read our interview with Wong Chin-Huat,Bersih steering committee member, former ISA detainee and journalism lecturer about Bersih 3.

UPDATE: The venue for the upcoming Bersih 3.0 rally has been announced. Bersih Australia’s organiser David Teoh says the April 28 rally will be held at St Paul’s Court, Federation Square.

A BERSIH 3.0 rally will be held in Melbourne amid claims a parliamentary select committee failed to introduce meaningful electoral reforms in Malaysia. Sumisha Naidu reports.

Bersih, a Malaysian movement for free and fair elections, announced Wednesday it will be holding a sit-down protest in Kuala Lumpur later this month amid claims parliamentary select committee failed to introduce meaningful electoral reforms.

The 84-member coalition of activists and NGOs have set the rally for April 28, more than nine months after their last demonstration in July which brought tens of thousands of activists, politicians and citizens into the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Bersih Australia’s organiser David Teoh said a rally would be held concurrently in Melbourne in solidarity.

Last July, hundreds of Malaysians descended on Federation Square for Melbourne’s Bersih 2.0 rally, donning yellow t-shirts and holding placards outlining Bersih’s eight “demands” for a clean electoral roll, reformed postal ballots, the use of indelible ink, a minimum of 21 days for campaigning, free and fair media access, strengthened public institutions, a stop to corruption and an end to “dirty politics”.

“Malaysia cannot go to elections with electoral rolls as it stands,” Mr Teoh said.

“We want overseas voting addressed and we also call for Malaysia to allow full access to international observers, just like in Timor and Burma.”

Keep checking Meld Magazine for the latest developments on Bersih 3.0 in Melbourne.