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    PSC: BERSIH 2.0 ticks off Info Ministry for silence over PSC Report

    Info Ministry ticked off for silence over PSC report
    Nigel Aw 3:06PM Apr 14, 2012

    Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan today questioned the Information Ministry for its silence over the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform report's recommendation fair media representation for all political parties.

    "Has the Information Ministry come out to comment publicly (on this matter)? They can do it (implement the recommendation) now.

    “They just need to pick up the phone (to issue a directive) and it will change the whole scenario," she said during a chat session in Bangsar organised by UndiMalaysia.
    The government's refusal to act on even the simplest recommendation in the PSC report, she said, does not inspire confidence in its seriousness for reform.

    "They say they are sincere about reform, I don't believe them, they are not doing the things that are so easy to do," she told some 50 mostly youths participants.
    Though the Information Ministry has expressed willingness to allow fair access to media to all political parties in the PSC report, it is specified that this would apply only during elections.

    "When you say access to media, it is not just about (election) advertising, when someone makes an accusation about somebody, they must be given the right to respond with equal prominence," said Ambiga.
    'No crackdown expected for Bersih 3.0'

    She added that the Election Commission too continues to behave like a government department when it fails, it claims to be helpless in addressing electoral flaws despite having the power to do so.
    These half-hearted measures, she said, ultimately led to the decision for Bersih 3.0 rally scheduled to be held at Dataran Merdeka on Apr 28.

    Asked why the movement has opted for a sit-in this time as opposed to the previous street demonstrations, Ambiga said this was to ensure that the event will be peaceful.

    "But we will never know until the day comes," she added, confessing that she was "stunned" by the government and police crackdown on last year's July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally.
    On claims that the event will disrupt people's livelihood, Ambiga said small businesses are already benefitting from the proposed rally.

    We will ensure people make loads of money, people are already printing T-shirts with the Bersih logo and we will invite stalls to be set up at Dataran Merdeka," she said

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    The basic mistake the Pakatan trio made is in not consulting with civil society. If they had done that, they would have put up a very strong minority report, which even if shot down by the PSC and Parliament, would serve as a framework for future reform of the EC should PR come to power.

    All is not lost. PR should come forward to endorse the Memo no. 2 submitted jointly by BERSIH 2.0 and Tindak Malaysia and commit to implement it if they win in GE 13. Then the people have a clear-cut choice: Do you want Free and Fair Elections or not?

    Pakatan PSC trio did stress on GE deadline, says Loke

    Nigel Aw 4:41PM Apr 15, 2012

    Rasah MP Anthony Loke today defended the three Pakatan Rakyat MPs who had been slammed for allegedly not stressing enough in their work on the parliamentary select committee (PSC) for electoral reform that changes must be implemented before the 13th general election.

    When contacted, Loke said the three Pakatan MPs had on several occasions made clear to the PSC that its core recommendations, particularly relating to Bersih 2.0's demands, should be implemented before polls are called.

    “You can check the Hansard, we have said in almost every PSC meeting that the recommendations must be implemented before the general election.

    “But we must accept the fact that we are a minority in the PSC and we cannot overrule the others,” he said.

    Loke (left in photo), together with Gombak MP Azmin Ali and Kuala Krai MP Hatta Ramli (right in photo), are the three Pakatan MPs who sat on the seven-member PSC.

    He was responding to Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s complaint that Pakatan MPs in the PSC failed to emphasise in the PSC report and particularly in its minority report that key election reforms must be implemented before the next general election.

    ‘Short deadline for minority report’

    While admitting that the minority report did not specify its five proposals should be implemented before the next general election, it did include a fairly short time frame that would allow them to be carried out before the 13th general election.

    “If you look at the report, most of the recommendations, we fixed a time frame of 15 to 30 days, the highest was 45 days, so even if the election is held in June all this can be done before then,” he said.

    This was in contrast to the PSC report which provided for a time frame extending several months and would render the recommendations impossible to implement before the next general election if early polls are called.

    Loke added that other long-term reforms such as political funding would also require more time.

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