Bersih Netherlands Gathering

A small group of us gathered today in Dudok (Den Haag) to catch up with like-minded friends. This meeting was special because we to get to know new people we met from the movie screening in September. Among other things discussed are :

  1. Report on total donations collected so far from the charity movie event. It was agreed that some of the proceeds will be given to the movie maker and Global Bersih, and remaining will be used to cover our operational costs
  2. Proposal from Global Bersih on teleconferencing build up towards the GE14
  3. Demo of the progress of our Incident Reporting tool
  4. Planning for the next event

It is always energizing to exchange ideas!  Do come and join us for our next events. Email us at [email protected]

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Malaysia Day Charity Movie a Success!

We would like to thank all our members today for making Malaysia Day Charity Movie a success! Thanks to Erik Pauser (Film Director) and Clare Brown for joining us on Skype. We had a great sharing session and discussed on what we can do for Malaysia.

More than 75 people turned up despite all the challenges – rain, public transport not according to schedule, etc. Kudos!  All prepared food were sold out within 30 mins and we had good time getting to know new friends and contacts.

Lets continue to believe that we can change things through our little contributions!

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MALAYSIA DAY CHARITY MOVIE

PROGRAMME DETAILS
16 September 2017
11:00-13:30
Filmhuis Lumen, Delft

With Panel Discussion (Live on Skype) with Erik Pauser (Film Director) & Clare Rewcastle-Brown (Founder of Sarawak Report)
Entrance is free but donations are welcomed. Seats are limited! Get your tickets from us or our networks now!
Email us for more details: [email protected]

Directions and parking instructions to Filmhuis Lumen can be found in this guide: How to get to Filmhuis Lumen.

Malaysia Day is held on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the historic union of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak as the Malaysia that we know today. Nevertheless, Malaysia Day is also an opportunity for us to come together and hope for a more just, peaceful and
democratic Malaysia.

Documentary filmmakers Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams spent five years intimately following the trail of an unlikely group of activists whose aim is to investigate how profits from the illegal logging that has annihilated more than 90% of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest have been money laundered into property portfolios all around the world.

While the movie exposes money laundering and environmental crisis in Sarawak, it is actually a manifestation of the broader nationwide crisis of power abuse, corruption and impunity, backed by the current regime in Malaysia. With the heat of the 1MDB global scandal and the 14th Malaysian General Election taking place anytime soon, this year’s celebration is not only about remembering the past, but ensuring that real change is possible in the country.

A recent review in Sydsvenskan one of Sweden’s biggest newspapers said:

“The Borneo Case is a hair-raising thriller that brings to light crimes of an enormous scale and moral decadence, told through personal stories of friendship, love, revolution and engagement. Its main characters couldn´t have been better written in a fiction film”.

Website: http://theborneocase.com/

Link to more materials about the Film Director (Erik Pauser) and Sarawak Report Journalist (Claire Brown), and Fair Finance.

Deforestation Report (Wetlands International)

 

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Movie that Matters – The Borneo Case

The Borneo Case – Poignant documentary about how the world’s oldest rainforest has been felled piece by piece to make way for dams and palm oil plantations. The filmmakers filmed the clear cutting over a period of 25 years and followed activist Mutang during that time. He grew up in the jungle and has campaigned for years against the logging and the corrupt government of Malaysia. More…

We had the privilege to watch this documentary again in Den Haag on 25 March 2017. It has reminded us again what we are “fighting” for and our cause for a better Malaysia.

Meeting Mutang Urud (Penan Activist) and shaking his hands was another special moment for us. He mentioned that he felt many times that he was alone “fighting” this cause, we told him that we are all standing along with him and encouraged him to be strong and continue the “good fight”!

 

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

An international filmmaker, Erik Pauser is releasing a film on corruption in Borneo and 1MBD at the Film Festival Amsterdam. This will be in conjunction with our Bersih 5 Rally to create awareness on the corruptions in Malaysia.We would encourage all who participate in the rally to also watch the movie when it is released in Amsterdam on 19 Nov, @ 6:30pm.

Title : The Borneo Case – Dylan Williams/Erik Pauser (Sweden/Germany/Wales, 2016, 78 min.)

Website : https://www.idfa.nl/industry/festival/film-list.aspx…

Screening times

Saturday 19 November 18:30 Tuschinski 6
Monday 21 November 16:30 EYE Cinema 2
Wednesday 23 November 17:00 Brakke Grond Expozaal
Thursday 24 November 21:00 Munt 12
Friday 25 November 14:00 Munt 10

Do spread the word!

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Bersih 2.0 Visits The Netherlands

We had the privilege to receive guests from Bersih 2.0 on 16-18 September 2016. Manager MandeBersih5 discussion1ep Singh and Advocacy Coodinator Zoe, fulltime staff of the Bersih 2.0 Secretariat, met with Bersih NL members in The Hague. Mandeep and Zoe were stopping by the Netherlands after attending an international conference in Brussels, and they were on their Bersih5 discussion2way to meet up with Bersih members and NGOs in London.

We discussed current issues and incidents in Malaysia, including the abuse of power by the current federal government and Bersih 5’s demands. The Bersih 5 rally will be held in Kuala Lumpur on 19 November 2016.

Prior to the rally, a Bersih Convoy will tour the country, departing from Kangar (Perlis), Johor Bahru (Johor), Kota Bharu (Kelantan), Lumut (Perak), Sandakan (Sabah) and Miri (Sarawak) on 1 October 2016. The convoy will traverse the nation and spend 7 weeks travelling to 246 cities, towns and villages across the country to raise awareness about Bersih 5 and its demands for institutional reforms and to impress upon all Malaysians the severity of the 1MDB crisis.

The demands for Bersih 5 are:

1. Clean elections
2. Clean government
3. Strengthen parliamentary democracy
4. Right to dissent
5. Empowering Sabah and Sarawak

We appeal to all Bersih NL supporters to donate generously to our preparations for Bersih 5 (IBAN: NL 53 SNSB 0928 3119 02). Those who donate €25 or more will receive a Bersih NL t-shirt which may be collected on 19 September or posted on request.

Special offer! One Bersih 5 t-shirt with Maria Chin Abdullah’s signature is up for grabs to the highest bidder! Come on, make a bid and email it to [email protected].

Maria signed t-shirt

 

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Bersih NL Summer BBQ Event

Bersih Netherlands had our summer Bbq picnic in the Westbroekpark, The Hague on 26 June 2016. It was great to see our friends and supporters once again and to catch up on how is everyone doing. The weather was excellent with great sunshine! Everyone brought some food and drinks to share. After satisfying our bodies with delicious food, Bersih Netherlands committePicnic small1e members shared about our newly setup Bersih Netherlands Network as a non governmental organization under the Dutch law. The idea of setting up the Bersih Netherlands Network is to bring like-minded Malaysians living in the Netherlands together to raise awareness on the social, economical picnic small2and political climate in Malaysia. With the new NGO (Stichting) registered, we are able to have our own bank account and all collections and spendings are done transparently as it is the requirement for NGOs in the Netherlands to publish the financial overview annually. With all the administrative work done, we are now ready to organize activities under the umbrella of the new stichting.

Among the items discussed were:-

1. Infrastructure to help activists for their publication work and other pemantau incidents reporting

2. Preparation for next GE14 : we need to compile / help Global Bersih to compile a proper brochure to guide overseas Malaysians on the voting process.

3. Approaching organizations in NL to discuss how they can work with Bersih NL and Global Bersih to promote clean and fair elections. Need to further explore and discuss in forum.

4. We have created a Bersih NL forum. We would encourage all of you to register online and start to utilize this forum.

5. Work together with Global Bersih in Geneva to achieve the same goals (the demands of Bersih 4 – Free and Fair Elections, A Clean Government, The Right to Dissent
Strengthening the Parliamentary Democracy, Saving the Economy of Malaysia)

The picnic ended with some action items agreed for us to move forward. We feel every overseas Malaysians has the responsibility to contribute in anyway they could for Malaysia to have clean and fair elections. If you are Malaysian and staying in the Netherlands, we would like to connect with you and to hear your point of view. Do contact us : [email protected]picnic small3bersih.nl

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Bersih 2.0 receives the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2016

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Congrats to Bersih 2.0 team and all!

This is indeed a very meaningful award. Gwanju has a big significance in Korean history. Gwangju Uprising,@ May 18 Democratic Uprising @ Gwangju Democratization Movement, refers to a popular uprising in the city of Gwangju, South Korea [1] from May 18 to 27, 1980. Estimates suggest up to 606 people may have died. During this period, Gwangju citizens took up arms (by robbing local armories and police stations) when local Jeonnam University [2] students – who were demonstrating against the Chun Doo-hwan government – were fired upon, killed, and beaten in an unprecedented attack by government troops. Our struggle is far from over!

Video: Acceptance Speech of the Gwangju Human Rights Award 2016

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Re-delineation of Electoral Boundaries in Sarawak – Making Goliath even bigger (our analysis)

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The eleventh Sarawak state election will be held on Saturday, 7 May 2016 after nomination for candidates on Monday, 25 April. The 82 members of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, will be elected in single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting. More than 1.1 million who have their names entered or retained in an electoral register for a particular electoral district in Sarawak are eligible to vote at the time of the election. Malaysia does not practice compulsory voting and automatic voter registration. The voting age is 21 although the age of majority in the country is 18. The election will conducted by the Election Commission of Malaysia.

In 2015, there were 11 new constituencies created in Sarawak for the coming State Election.

New state constituencies

N13 Batu Kitang (Under P196 Stampin)

N17 Stakan (Under P197 Kota Samarahan)

N18 Serembu (Under P198 Puncak Borneo)

N23 Bukit Semuja (Under P199 Serian)

N26 Gedong (Under P200 Batang Sadong)

N40 Kabong (Under P205 Saratok)

N57 Tellian (Under P213 Mukah)

N63 Bukit Goram (Under P215 Kapit)

N66 Murum (Under P216 Hulu Rajang)

N70 Samalaju (Under P217 Bintulu)

N78 Mulu (Under P20 Baram)

In Jan 2016, it was reported by MERAP (https://www.bersih.org/merap-analysis-reveals-shocking-results-on-sarawak-delineation/) that 9 out 11 new seats are in favour of BN. On other news, seats of Bukit Kota and Bukit Sari where Lawas and Limbang are located are won by BN uncontested.

With these information, we did our own analysis on publicly available data and put them on maps. After that, we did our own analysis to find out if that is indeed the case that BN will win more seats because of the re-delineation.

Figure 1 – shows a comparison between BN (Barisan National) ruled areas versus PR (Pakatan Rakyat). BN (Blue) / PR (Yellow)

The Red lines show the boundaries of the state constituencies before the re-delineation exercise where as the Black lines show the boundaries of the state constituencies after the re-delineation exercise.

Observation 1

It seems like there is an attempt to split the PR supporting area in Bekenu to smaller areas.

Figure 2 – Enlargement of the Bekenu state constituency to emphasize the change in boundaries from the re-delineation exercise

If we calculate the BN/PR ratio for these voting districts, they area breaking the already weak PR supporting area (0.81 BN/PR ratio).

Figure 3 – BN/PR Voting Ratio for the area of Bekenu

Observation 2

In Samalaju (new state constituency) the new boundaries showed that the BN supporting area has been increased – an attempt to convert this area to BN majority area?  This area was a Chinese majority area before the re-delineation (showed in the pie chart in Figure 1 above).

Figure 4 – Enlargement of the Samalaju state constituency to emphasize the change in boundaries from the re-delineation exercise

Figure 5 – BN/PR Voting Ratio for the area of Samalaju

From Figure 5 above, the PR supporting area in Samalaju was already having a weak / border-line voters’ support (0.9 BN/PR Voting Ratio). With the new boundaries, it was obvious that PR weight of influence in this area will be further weakened.

Observation 3

In Murum (new state constituency), the new boundaries showed that the BN supporting area has been increased – an attempt to convert this area to BN majority area?  This area is an Orang Ulu majority area with 7648 registered voters.

Figure 6 – Enlargement of the Murum state constituencyto emphasize the change in boundaries from the re-delineation exercise

Figure 7 – BN/PR Voting Ratio for the area of Murum (the new state constituency will reflect a stronger BN support constituency after the construct)

Observation 4

In Mulu (new state constituency), the new boundaries brought in highly BN supporting area into this new state constituency (1 – in the map below). This area is an Orang Ulu majority area with 8048 registered voters. The Telang Usan Area sees a split of a high PR supporting area to two (2 – in the map below).

Figure 8 – Enlargement of the Mulu and Telang Usan state constituencies to emphasize the change in boundaries from the re-delineation exercise

Figure 9 – BN/PR Voting Ratio for the area of Mulu / Telang Usan (the state constituencies will result in stronger BN support constituencies after the re-delineation process)

Summary

We have listed only a few of the observations from the 2015 re-delineation of the Sarawak State voting boundaries. Thus, this proved that the claim by MERAP that there is indeed a strong tendency of creating more advantages to the current ruling government to win the next State Election with a bigger majority, with the latest sentiments of the 1MDB scandals and strong discontent of the Rakyat with our current Prime Minister and other power abuse issues, we might still see more areas moving towards supporting the opposition parties. Nevertheless, we still feel that it is still a long way for Sarawak to give up BN ruling in the coming State Election.

 

Sources:

Sarawak State Election 2016 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarawak_state_election,_2016

Tindak Malaysia – https://www.tindakmalaysia.org/

Danesh Chacko – https://daneshatlas.blogspot.nl/2016/04/mapping-elections-malaysian-style.html

The interactive map can be viewed in full here. The creation of this map was made possible was possible with input from Tindak Malaysia and Mapping your way.

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