Maria Chin Appointed as the New Chairperson of Bersih 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Nov: Activist Maria Chin Abdullah was appointed as the new Chairperson for the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) after winning uncontested in the first election of the coalition which will be held on 30 November.


Maria Chin received support from 13 NGOs after the nomination period, which ended on 8 November.

A straight fight for the position of Vice-Chairman of Bersih 2.0 will witness a clash between Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa and Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

Meanwhile, there is a one-on-one match for the position of treasurer, between Masjaliza Hamzah and Nahar Md Nor.

Five candidates will be vying for the two seats as committee members; K.Arumugam, Ng Chak Ngoon. Farhana Halim, Hishamuddin Rais and New Sin Yew.

A total of six committee members will be later appointed for the state level, adding to the five-member team at the national level.

They will all campaign until midnight on 29 November and the election will be held at the Petaling Jaya Library on 30 November.

The election this time involves postal voting for NGOs in Sabah and Sarawak. Ballot paper will be sent starting today, and they would have to return it to the Secretariat before 30 November.

A total of 90 organisations in Bersih 2.0 will have one vote each in the election this 30th November.

Member of the Bersih 2.0 Election Committee,Stanley Yong, said that the formal announcement on the steering committee will only be made on 30 November, even though there is no competition for the position of Chairperson.

He added that it is up to the new leadership of Bersih 2.0 to decide the status of Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Datuk A Samad Said, who previously led Bersih 2.0.

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