Bersih: Let Malaysians abroad vote

(The Malaysian Insider) – Bersih 2.0 today called on the government to give Malaysians living abroad the right to vote in the upcoming general election.

“The government, instead of arguing why it cannot be done, has a duty to ensure that it is done,” Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told reporters today at a press conference on overseas voting rights here.

“It is their duty to enfranchise Malaysians, not to stop them from voting but to make sure that they can vote,” she added.

The former president of the Bar Council also announced “Global Bersih”, a global movement of Malaysians abroad gathering in solidarity tomorrow “to demand their right to vote as overseas voters”.

“This is one of the eight demands of Bersih 2.0 in relation to postal voters,” Ambiga said, adding that 10 cities around the world have confirmed their participation.

Speaking via Skype, London-based group MyOverseasVote said “it is a day of reflection rather than direct action. It is a day for us to think about the importance of our vote and the importance of getting people around the world interested again in charting the future of our country.”