Thursday, November 08, 2007

DAP supports BERSIH's gathering on Nov 10


DAP leaders led by Secretary-General Sdr. Lim Guan Eng, will take part in the BERSIH People's Gathering on this Saturday, 10th November at Dataran Merdeka.

Parliamentary Opposition Leader Sdr. Lim Kit Siang will also attend the gathering.

As an endorsee of BERSIH, the DAP supports the key immediate demands of BERSIH, viz:

* The use of indelible ink to prevent double-voting;
* The abolishment of postal votes;
* Clean-up of the electoral roll;
* Equal and fair access to national media.

DAP also supports BERSIH's demand for a longer campaign period (minimum 21 days) to provide the citizenry sufficient time to choose the government and representatives they prefer.

DAP urges the Police to herald a new era by adopting a paradigm shift that will see the Police cooperating with participants of public gatherings to safeguard their fundamental freedom of expression.

To put it crudely, if Burma, the most repressive regime in the world, tolerated public gatherings for two consecutive weeks before the harsh crackdown, it is hard to see why the Malaysian authorities cannot stomach a four-hour peaceful gathering.

I invite members of public who are concerned about the state of democracy of the country can turn up in full force to support a worthy and noble cause, i.e. electoral reform.

As yellow is the designated protest color, participants are encouraged to wear yellow items of clothing, armband or a ribbon from today until Saturday, 10 Nov.
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