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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24, 2015:

The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) has received over RM 1.5 million in donations to date.

Its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said the amount far exceeded its initial RM200,000 budget which was based on shoe-string estimates.

The overwhelming support of the rakyat, she said, had given the group more options, allowing them to lease better and more equipment than originally planned for the upcoming Bersih 4.0 protest between Aug 29 and 30.

Such equipment includes portable toilets, communication devices, sound systems, lighting and generator sets.

She said a large portion of the expenses would be used to ensure that the security personnel and logistics volunteers at the rally would be able to carry out their duties safely over the two-day protest.

“We will also fund bail money and litigation costs for participants and organisers, and provide compensation for leased equipment which may be confiscated.

“We will use the remainder of the donations to fund our operational expenses, public interest litigation, publicity and our various programmes such as the re-delineation monitoring programme, the upcoming Sarawak state elections and voter education programmes throughout the country,” she said in a statement today.

Due to the overwhelming support, Maria said Bersih 2.0 would not be holding its annual fundraising dinner this year.

She added the group would publish its accounts after the rally.

“We will continue to make financial decisions after collecting and reviewing the views and suggestions of members of the coalition as well as from supporters at large.

“We welcome all suggestions and queries and invite the public to hold us accountable and transparent,” she said.

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