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Sabah Bersih chairman Jannie Lasimbang (centre) and her team, holding up four fingers in a gesture to indicate the Bersih 4 rally to be held simultaneously nationwide on Aug 29. -- TRP pic by Sandra Sokial
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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 19, 2015:
Sabah Bersih is looking forward to better cooperation with authorities as it proceeds with a day-long democracy-fest at the Tanjung Lipat waterfront esplanade on Aug 29.
Dubbed Bersih 4, it will run simultaneously with a main rally in Kuala Lumpur but the Sabah edition will run for slightly shorter hours
Sabah Bersih chairman Jannie Lasimbang, in confirming this, said it picked the Likas bay stretch which was popular among joggers, cyclists and sightseers for its scenic views and facilities which included toilets, playgrounds, shelters and open grounds.
She explained the location as being suitable as it could also accommodate overnight camping and the number of interactive programmes planned.
“The police have accepted our ‘borang pemberitahuan’, so we hope there will not be any interference this time,” said Lasimbang, adding that apart from the police, it had also notified Kota Kinabalu City Hall about the rally.
Hoping the police would be able to assist in facilitating the event and ensuring the participants’ safety, she said the scheduled programmes on the day included activities from women, youths, arts and music groups.
“We are hoping that we can move on from the tragedy of the May Day rally, where authorities prevented us from having a peaceful rally by preempting our efforts and suspected us of negative elements.
“Our intention is not to topple the government, we just want a platform to be able to voice our concerns.”
The Bersih 4 rally was organised to push for five demands — clean elections, a clean government, the right to protest, strengthening parliamentary democracy and saving Malaysia’s economy.
“We are calling on the public to join the campaign by taking selfies to express their willingness to participate in the overnight rally, aside from wearing yellow and putting up yellow ribbons on trees, fences and anywhere else.”
Lasimbang added that the group had just started the “hang yellow ribbons on trees” campaign today, and hoped more would participate to show support for democracy.
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