Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wear black tomorrow for ‘anniversary of minority government’, Bersih tells Malaysians

Published: 4 May 2015 5:30 PM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib (centre) celebrating Barisan Nasional's victory in the general election held on May 5, 2013. Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 calls for Malaysians to wear black in protest against the Najib administration in conjunction with the second anniversary of the 13th general election. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 4, 2015.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib (centre) celebrating Barisan Nasional's victory in the general election held on May 5, 2013. Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 calls for Malaysians to wear black in protest against the Najib administration in conjunction with the second anniversary of the 13th general election. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 4, 2015.
















Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 wants Malaysians to wear black tomorrow to protest the “minority” government’s crackdown on the May Day rally-goers, and in conjunction with the second anniversary of the 13th general election.
Bersih said “Ops Hitam 505” (Black Operations 505) is also aimed at protesting the goods and services tax (GST), electoral fraud, and to call for the formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), said Bersih.
"We appeal to all Malaysians to wear black or to put on black ribbons or cloth on their vehicles, buildings or personal belongings on May 5, 2015.
"This is a sign of rejection of the arrogant provocation by Najib’s minority government' in the arrest, detention and harassment of the leaders and participants of the May Day rallies in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu," Bersih said in a statement today.
An estimated 10,000 people, many dressed in red, thronged the streets of the capital for the May Day rally. They were mainly there to oppose the GST.
Following the anti-GST rally on Friday in Kuala Lumpur, police had picked up PR leaders including Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad, Batu MP and PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, Pandan MP and PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabum #KitaLawan secretariat member Fariz Musa, former president of the Malaysian Bar, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and others.
Among others who were picked up were 23 youths and six minors. The youths, who were accused of spraying graffiti at business premises and using smoke bombs, were remanded for four days since yesterday to help investigation.
“We hope tomorrow the people will form a sea of black in all corners of the country, especially in Permatang Pauh and Rompin, where the people have a chance to state their stance through the ballot paper,” said Bersih.
“This is to show their rejection towards the GST, dirty elections and a police state.”
In a separate statement, DAP said it supported “Ops Hitam 505” and urged all its party members and supporters to take part in it.
“Let’s make the protest a strong reminder to Barisan Nasional and Najib that Malaysians were denied a legitimate Pakatan Rakyat federal government, having been given the vote by 52% of the electorate exactly two years ago,” said DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
He said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would have been Malaysia’s prime minister for the past two years, and not locked up behind bars in Sungai Buloh.
“Let us all remind Najib that he is not only a minority prime minister leading a minority government but he has also failed to provide leadership in every aspect of governance in the country for the past two years!” – May 4, 2015
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