|Bersih is vindicated, says steering committee|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:58am|
©The Sun Daily (Used by permission)
by Himanshu Bhatt
KUALA LUMPUR (July 24, 2012): The steering committee for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) has urged the federal government not to appeal against today's High Court decision quashing Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein's declaration on July 1 that it was an unlawful society.
"As said by Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson A. Samad Said earlier, while we are relieved that Bersih has been vindicated, the entire process has been a waste of time, energy and public resources to make make us illegal," the committee said in a statement this evening.
"We recognise that the government has a right to appeal today’s decision, but for the sake of our country, we sincerely ask them not to pursue with an appeal and to drop all the civil suits against us as it is a waste of public funds.
"Instead, we hope that the government will take cognisance of the political realities in our country and deal with Bersih 2.0 as a legitimate representative of the interests and demands of the people for free and fair elections."
It also said the authorities should now return Bersih 2.0's assets and materials seized on 30 June 2011, ranging from computers, video camera, yellow T-shirts, posters, placards, pictures and members’ list.
In welcoming the decision of High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division) judge Rohana Yusof earlier in the morning, the committee expressed its desire to see the government and the Election Commission (EC) focus on the message of improving the nation's electoral system "rather than shooting the messenger".
"Bersih 2.0 wishes to thank all Malaysians who have continuously supported the cause of free and fair elections. The people have made their voices heard when they courageously came out for the peaceful assemblies on 9 July and 28 April."
"While today marks a great victory, the cause at hand requires your renewed support for us to ensure a truly democratic Malaysia," the statement added.
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