The organization refers to itself as ‘The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections’, comprised of 84 Malaysian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that form a ‘coalition of like minded civil society organizations unaffiliated to any political party’ . The recent rally follows two previous mass demonstrations in November 2007 and July 2011, as organizers renew their demands for the Malaysian Election Commission to resign before the 13th General Elections scheduled for June 2012 . Although the coalition claims to be devoid of political affiliation, the movement is fully endorsed by Malaysia’s main opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim and the Pakatan Rakyat political coalition he oversees.
|Malaysian Riot Police near Dataran Merdeka maintained|
the security situation without the use of force until several
demonstrators attempted to take the area.
|Supporters of Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Rakyat opposition|
coalition march on side streets with banners calling
on people to reject dirty elections.
|Red-shirt supporters of pro-opposition|
security unit Jabatan Amal form human
chain in a commercial district of Kuala Lumpur.
|Demonstrators hold banners calling on Malaysians to reject|
the perceived corruption of the electoral system.
|Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim fully endorses Bersih, an|
organization that claims to hold no affiliation with any