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Feb 2, 2008

BERSIH: Tearing Rashid’s photo was an act of protest


The tearing of the photo of Rashid was a symbolic act by the BERSIH leaders as a protest for his arrogance, weaknesses and wrongdoing as the chairman of SPR. Nothing more, nothing less.

I joined the other BERSIH leaders readily yesterday because I too believe that Rashid has been and continued to be the biggest stumbling block in the cause of electoral reforms.

This is no difference from the burning of effigies of political leaders in the streets by demonstrators all over the world.

AAB is making an issue out of it as he has ran out of issues to attack BERSIH. No?

I hope to find out how many Malaysians actually agree with AAB.

There’s no big deal, Mr AAB.

To me, there are so many burning issues which AAB should comment as the prime minister of this country. But he usually kept his ‘elegant silence’.

Back to the issue of Rashid’s failures as the EC chiarman. If he thinks that BERSIH was wrong to put him in disrespect and disgrace, I challenge him to state clearly what were his contributions as the EC chairman all these years. List them out, Rashid.

If he likes, accept our challenge for a public debate. Many has challenged him for a debate. But he has no guts to face it.

Yes, Rashid. You can name any one of us in BERSIH for the debate.

We are waiting for you.

( Those who are not very clear about how Rashid has betrayed out trust as the EC chairman, log on to the official BERSIH website.)

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Tearing up Rashid’s photo: PM mulls action

pak lah abdullah ahmad badawi talking 131106Abdullah Ahmad Badawi believes that the government should take action against electoral reforms pressure group Bersih for tearing up photocopies of Election Commission chairperson’s picture.pak lah abdullah ahmad badawi talking 131106“We should take action if there are laws that provide for punishment for such an action,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by Bernama today.

Several Bersih leaders tore pictures of Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman yesterday to protest the latter’s apparent lack of commitment towards electoral reforms.

Commenting on this, Abdullah said that Bersih leaders had been “disrespectful” and had gone overboard in their actions, which he believes is unprecedented.

“They’re rude and disrespectful. There are other ways to air their disapproval,” said Abdullah after attending the Universiti Malaya Alumni Day today.

PM defends Abdul RashidDefending Abdul Rashid’s track record, Abdullah said that he had discharged his duties well and had conducted fair, clean, transparent and democratic elections.

abdul rashid abdul rahmanAbdullah also hit out at Bersih members for tearing Abdul Rashid pictures even when the EC had met opposition demands to introduce indelible ink and transparent ballot boxes.

“If all these while, what it has been done is not good and the changes being made now (in this elections) are also not good, bring the matter to court,” said Abdullah, reportedly in a stern voice.

During the last parliamentary sitting in December, Abdullah’s administration had amended the Federal Constitution to extend the 65-year-old age cap for EC Board members to 66.

Critics including Bersih hit out against the move, claiming that it was an attempt to retain Abdul Rashid as EC chairperson for the upcoming general election. Abdul Rashid turned 66 last month.

jom bersih venue change 010208 abdul rashid poster tearing sequenceAbdul Rashid has served as EC since 1979, starting as the commission’s secretary before being appointed chairperson in 2000.

FrustrationExplaining the purpose of tearing up Abdul Rashid’s photo yesterday, Bersih secretariat member Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad said that the coalition wanted to send a message to the former that he was hampering electoral reforms efforts.

Elaborating, Dzulkifli said Abdul Rashid had yet to fulfil Bersih’s demands for ‘clean’ electoral rolls, extending campaigning periods and abolishing postal voting.

Dzulkifli however stressed that the move to tear the picture was merely a symbolic act and not meant to be a personal attack.

Abdul Rashid had previously warned that he would take legal action against those who spread slander against him.


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