The speaker that night was Raja Petra, and one of the things he spoke about was the necessity of electoral reforms in Malaysia.
There are 2 deposits a candidate needs to put in if he wants to run for a seat.
Regulation 5(1): Election deposit for the House of Representatives is RM10,000
and for the State Legislative Assembly it is RM5,000.
Section 24B(4): Candidates and political parties shall only distribute and display election campaign materials to members of the public in the constituency they are contesting after having paid to the State Director of Elections a deposit of RM5,000 for an election to the House of Representatives or RM3,000 for an election to the State Legislative Assembly.
so, if you run for Parliament, you would have RM15K tied up as deposit, and for the State seat, RM8K.
what Lulu didn't know was that there were many candidates, especially those from PKR who could not afford it and had to borrow to meet this deposit, and other expenses incurred. RPK higlighted this to the audience.
It is not cheap to run a campaign, especially when you do not have access to "free" media via the TV, radio or newspapers.
Some of you may look at it at RM15K only, RM8K only, but for people from the rural area, people who work in NGOs, teachers with sincere hearts like those from the early independance era, this is a large sum of money.
Bersih has identified this flaw [aka "the arguably highest election deposit in the world"] and seeks to have it corrected.
the key immediate demands of BERSIH, are:
* The use of indelible ink to prevent double-voting;
* The abolishment of postal votes;
* Clean-up of the electoral roll;
* Equal and fair access to national media.
A memorandum will be presented to the Agong. And from what Lulu read, His Royal Highness is expecting us.
Will you be there?
Will you be part of the people's movement?
click here to read What the Bersih march means to Lulu - Part 1