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Monday, October 17, 2016

Bersih praises police, demands Najib's resignation


Bersih has commended the police for facilitating its convoy in various states and arresting those who harassed journalists in Kuala Selangor over the weekend.
On the same note, the electoral watchdog called for the resignation Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his cabinet ministers for "failing the nation".
The movement criticised the government for remaining silent on the violence and distancing themselves from the perpetrators, instead of putting an end to such acts.
"Bersih extends our thanks to PDRM for facilitating our Bersih 5 convoy in all states. Their response to the violent Umno red shirts is commendable.
"Malaysians have looked towards the BN government, ministers and the institutions to correct the wrongdoings but they have failed to do so," it said.
"The blame game and sweeping violence under the carpet do not bode well for good governance and integrity of this country," it added in a media statement.
In two separate incidents in Kuala Selangor, several members of the media wereroughed up by members of the anti-Bersih group.
A Malaysiakini photographer was called "Cina babi" and assaulted while recording images of several members of the group.
Three reporters from The Star were also accosted and manhandled by members of the same group, as they were covering the Bersih convoy at its pit stop near a local retail outlet.
'Jamal, Liow missed the point'
Meanwhile, Bersih also disagreed with red shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos and MCA president Liow Tiong Lai who argued that the red shirts would not exist if there were no yellow shirts.
"They have missed the point as to why Malaysians took to the street. What they should have said was that if we have better laws and policies, there will not be any Bersih rallies," it said.

In a related development, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJM) strongly criticised the attacks against journalists.
Both media groups demanded an immediate investigation into the attacks and swift action against those responsible.

The union reiterated that all journalists must be accorded proper justice and be protected at all times from threats such as this which would interfere with their right report.
"We will be lodging a police report against this anti-Bersih group," said the union.

Also calling for action was the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), which monitored the Bersih 5 convoy in Kuala Selangor.
"Suhakam hopes this incident will be promptly investigated and the perpetrators held to account.
"In this regard, Suhakam notes that no person has yet been charged for the attacks on Bersih supporters in Sabak Bernam," said its chairperson Razali Ismail. -Mkini

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