Friday, August 24, 2012

Bersih Wants to Raise RM250k

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has issued a public appeal for donations to its 'Make a difference with RM1' campaign to be used for the medical and legal expenses of victims of police brutality during the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally.

The fund will be provided to victims of police brutality who took legal action against the authorities as well as to pay for their medical expenses, the electoral reform coalition said in a statement on Thursday.

Bersih said its goal was to raise RM250,000, from which RM150,000 would be used to cover bail money, legal administrative expenses and medical costs, whereas another RM100,000 will be used to fund Bersih's awareness campaign and communications.

Ten members of the Bersih steering committee have been hit for damages amounting to RM122,000, which the authorities claim was caused during the rally.

In addition, DBKL has ordered Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan and committee member Maria Chin Abdullah to pay RM351,203.45 for damages caused during the same event. The said damages include "landscaping and trees, the cost of setting up metal barricades, cost of transport and support staff, damage to signboards and barriers, as well as overtime allowances, food, drink and transport costs for law enforcers". BTW, the term “law enforcers” shouldn’t be used – it should be “government-sanctioned thugs”!

Donations for Bersih's RM1 campaign can be made through its CIMB account: ‘Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor', account no 12380000661-10-0.

"The funds collected will be regularly updated on our website with audited accounts made available," said Bersih. As GE13 looms closer, the Bersih coalition needs sponsorship from Malaysians! Their work still needs to continue and we need to show solidarity and support. Malaysia Boleh!

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