Bersih rally: PAS promises 100,000 supporters
K Pragalath | May 21, 2011
PAS promises to bring 100,000 supporters for the rally, which is scheduled to be held on July 9.
KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has pledged its support and 100,000 supporters for the polls watchdog Bersih 2.0′s rally, dubbed the “Walk for Democracy.”
This was announced by PAS central committee member Mohamad Sabu and Kuala Krai MP Dr Hatta Ramli at a press conference here this afternoon.
“We will mobilise 100,000 members and supporters from PAS alone,” said Sabu who is eyeing the party’s number two post.
He revealed that the rally would be held on July 9 at 2 pm in Kuala Lumpur.
Asked on the motive behind the rally, Hatta said the government had not agreed to the demands made in the first rally four years ago.
“The Election Commission is trying to curb us. The government also doesn’t know how to differentiate whether an action constitutes bribery,” he added.
In 2007, Bersih, which is made up of more than 60 NGOs, demanded for the use of indelible ink, registered voters roll clean-up, abolition of postal votes and access to the government-controlled print and broadcast media for opposition parties.
This time around, the Bersih 2.0 rally would see an addition of two more demands.
One was to end the misuse of government machinery as seen during the various by-elections and the recently concluded Sarawak state election.
“People get confused on whether the programmes are coming from political parties or the government,” said Sabu.
The second demand concerned the use of certain laws such as the Official Secrets Act and Internal Security Act for electoral advantage.