Press Statement, 27 September 2012
Konsert BERSIH 8T – Time to renew the call for CLEAN electionsFive months have now passed since more than 250,000 citizens stepped forward to join the BERSIH 3.0 : Duduk Bantah event on 28 April 2012. These everyday Malaysians exercised their right to assemble in order to urge the government to clean up the electoral system.
However, it appears that the government is still unwilling to heed the voices of the people. The BERSIH 2.0 eight demands and the 22 recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) report have yet to be fully implemented. Thus, BERSIH 2.0 is organising a fun-filled concert on 13 October 2012 at Stadium Kelana Jaya aimed at reminding the Election Commission that the 8 demands remain unfulfilled.
In the months since the historic BERSIH 3.0 peaceful assembly, the government has focused its attention on attacking the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee in various ways instead of getting down to the much-needed electoral reforms. The authorities are pursuing legal actions against the steering committee and the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) has threatened to issue hefty summons to the committee.
Despite this, BERSIH 2.0 has persisted in its efforts to raise awareness on the many instances of serious discrepancies in the electoral roll. Our work so far has been made possible because of the generous support of regular Malaysians who have donated to the cause. However, more needs to be done.
Some of the performers lined up so far are Ito, Julian Mokhtar and the Gang, Soul Saviors (the winners at Pesta Lagu Jalanan), Republic of Brickfields, punk band Dum Dum Tak punk band, Canto rock band Hui Se De Dai and Ray Cheong. There will also be BERSIH 2.0 activities for all ages to participate in and a special song by the BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee. National laureate A. Samad Said who is a co-chairperson of BERSIH 2.0 will also read a special poem at this event.
This concert event will not only be for fundraising but will be fun and memorable and also serve as a reminder to the government leaders of their duty to heed the call for urgent reforms. Malaysians will not accept anything less than a thorough clean-up of its electoral system and we will not hesitate to come together once again to make our voices heard.
The details are as follows:
DATE : 13 October 2012
VENUE : Kelana Jaya Stadium, Petaling Jaya
TIME : 6.00pm – 11.30pm