Bersih 5: Clean Govt, Elections, Right To Dissent, Empowerment etc

A group of motorcyclists lead the convoy out of Sandakan. - Photos courtesy of The Bersih Sabah 5 Steering Committee
A group of motorcyclists lead the convoy out. – Photos courtesy of The Bersih Sabah 5 Steering Committee

LETTER: The BERSIH 5 Convoy was successfully launched on 1 October 2016. The launch took place simultaneously in 6 regions across Malaysia – Kangar (Perlis), Johor Bahru (Johor), Kota Bharu (Kelantan), Lumut (Perak), Sandakan (Sabah), and Miri (Sarawak).

In Sabah, the flag off was officiated by Bersih Sabah Chairperson, Beverly Joeman; together with Sandakan MP and the Chairman of DAP Sabah, YB Stephen Wong, at Bandar Letat Jaya.

Beverly, right, addresses the crowd as Stephen Wong, left, looks on.
Beverly, right, addresses the crowd as Stephen Wong, left, looks on.

After successful and encouraging outcomes from Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Semporna on the first leg of the Bersih Convoy, we will continue our convoy to Tawau, Kalabakan and Nabawan this weekend.

The good turnout during the flag off saw participations from DAP, PKR, Amanah, Dato’ Seri Shafie Apdal’s representatives and ARIF, who excelled in ensuring a smooth flow of traffic throughout the convoy in Sandakan.

We proceeded to distribute flyers at the Sandakan Central Market and Kim Fung Market populated by the Chinese community who praised Bersih Sabah’s effort to raise awareness through the five demands of Bersih 5.

After Sandakan, the convoy team distributed flyers at Darvel Bay Plaza in Lahad Datu, and continued to do so in Semporna town areas the next morning. The response in Semporna was pleasantly overwhelming especially with the latest development in Sabah’s political landscape, involving Semporna’s MP, Dato’ Seri Shapie Apdal.

A section of the Sabah Berish 5 convoy.
A section of the Sabah Bersih 5 convoy.

We also spoke to some residents who reiterated that the Red Shirt group is not welcomed in Sabah.

Bersih Sabah would like to commend the IPDs of Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna for allowing our convoy to proceed without any untoward interruptions, and hopes to receive the same support from IPDs in other towns that are included in the Bersih Convoy routes.

the convoy team distributed flyers at Darvel Bay Plaza in Lahad Datu.
The convoy team distributed flyers at Darvel Bay Plaza in Lahad Datu.

The five demands of Bersih 5 are clean government, clean elections, upholding parliamentary democracy, right to dissent, and empowering Sabah and Sarawak. We place an emphasis on upholding Sabahans’ rights, in reference to the MA63 and equal development.

The stop at Semporna where some residents reiterated they do not wish to see the Red Shirt culture in Sabah.
The stop at Semporna where some residents reiterated they do not wish to see the Red Shirt culture in Sabah.

The second leg of the BERSIH 5 Convoy will continue on 7-9 October 2016. We urge all Malaysians to stand united and continue our peaceful, non-violent momentum for a better Malaysia. We expect about 100 participants to join the convoy in Tawau, with DAP, PKR and Amanah Tawau confirming their support and commitment to Bersih Sabah.

The Bersih Sabah 5
Steering Committee