Friday, April 6, 2012

Numbers don’t matter, says Nurul

Regardless of the turnout for the Bersih 3.0 rally, the PKR vice-president says the people belief that the electoral roll is tainted.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said she was not concerned whether 500,000 people would turn up for the Bersih 3.0 rally.

Regardless of the turnout, Nurul added that there is a deep rooted believe among the masses that the Election Commission’s (EC) electoral roll is filled with irregularities

“We are going to face the dirtiest general election as the polls may be held before any of the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reforms are implemented,” said the Lembah Pantai MP.

On Wednesday, Bersih chairperson S Ambiga announced that the electoral watchdog would hold its third rally on April 28, saying the PSC had failed to live up to expectations.

Bersih co-chairperson A Samad Said said they expected 500,000 people to turn up for the “duduk bantah” (sit down protest) at Dataran Merdeka.

PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told reporters yesterday that the Islamic party would mobilise hundreds of thousands for the rally as well.

Himpunan Hijau 2.0, which is against the Lynas rare earth plant in Kuantan, had also voiced support for the rally.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, however, said that he was confident that Bersih 3.0 would be able to achieve their target number.

“Even with all the obstacles placed for Bersih 2.0 last year, we managed to get about 100,000 people to participate,” he said.

The Kubang Kerian MP urged the public to join the rally, saying: “It’s time for Malaysians to express their dissatisfaction on the PSC report.”

Echoing Salahuddin’s sentiments, DAP national vice-chairman M Kulasegaran, via a text message, also said he was confident that 500,000 would turn up for the rally provided there were no prevention from the authorities.

“Why make it difficult for the people to rally? I suggest that the government announce that everyone can attend the rally,” he said.

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