10 Jul '11, 4am

(TTR) What Bersih 2.0 means for Singaporeans

Some readers have been asking why we are giving extensive coverage to Bersih 2.0 which is essentially a Malaysian movement calling for free and fair elections in Malaysia. It’s a pity that not many Singaporeans realize the relevance of Bersih to us. Singapore was once part of Malaysia and both inherited the same political and legal system from the British. Contrary to popular belief, Singapore’s elections, like Malaysia’s, are neither free nor fair which explains the 14 consecutive freak elections we had since independence enabling the ruling party to sweep into power with overwhelming majority. Let us take a look at the list of demands put forth by Bersih: 1. Clean the electoral roll 2. Reform postal ballot 3. Use of indelible ink 4. Minimum 21 days campaign period 5. Free and fair access to media 6. Strengthen public institutions 7. Stop corruption 8. Stop dirty politics...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/07/10/what-bersih-2-0-m...

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