ROSE in The Borneo Post Seeds: Should Malaysia adopt automatic voter registration and compulsory voting?

In many countries around the world where people have the right to choose to vote or not, there are also some countries that practice compulsory voting where by a certain age, eligible citizens are automatically registered in the system to vote. Currently, there are 31 countries that practice compulsory voting – Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Philippine, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay. Countries such as Venezuela and Netherlands, on the other hand, once practiced compulsory voting but since had it abolished. Continue reading

ROSE Condemns Entry Restrictions during Sarawak Elections Period

Whoever becomes the ruling government after Polling Day of the Sarawak Elections runs the risk of being labeled as illegitimate. In a democracy like ours, free and fair elections are integral and governments elected into power are deemed legitimate as a result of being there by the ‘will of the people’.  ROSE has received reports from various west Malaysians entering Sarawak in the last couple of days  have not been given the 90-days social visit pass but instead have had this shortened ridiculously to the 5th May 2016. Those affected appears to be opposition political parties and activities and according to DAP it is designed to stop campaigners and polling and counting agents to come in from West Malaysia. If so this will certainly have an impact on manpower and resources of the political parties who might be handicapped by such seemingly arbitrary and unreasonable restriction. Continue reading

ROSE slams barring of politicians as illegal and undemocratic

ROSE views with grave concern the statement of our Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem which implied that he had given the orders to ban politicians from entering the state for the purposes of election campaigning, in the name of protecting the people of  Sarawak from ‘unsavoury elements’. He had said that they were free to enter the State once the state elections are over. The latest opposition politicians to be barred from the State is DAP MP for Kulai, Teo Nie Ching and Penang state Exco member Abdul Malik Abul Kassim (PKR) Others featured in the list of barred persons include DAP national publicity secretary, Tony Pua, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, and Amanah president, Mohammad Sabu.   Continue reading

Who Can Be PACA?

 What does a PACA look like? Seasoned veteran of many elections past? Social activist? Political party member? Registered voter? Answer : None of the above. To be eligible to volunteer as PACA, you need to be a non-bankrupt Malaysian citizen of at least 21 years old with a clean criminal record. You do not, I repeat, you do not, have to be a Registered Voter. If you forgot to register as a voter the minute you turned 21, you can still Get Involved in the upcoming Sarawak State Elections as a Polling Agent/Counting Agent (PACA). As a PACA, you will get an exclusive, behind the scenes peek at how Malaysian elections really work, something that the public will normally never to see. Continue reading

ROSE Launches "Siapa Tok?ADUN 2016" - A Voter Education Initiative

Sarawakians will soon be able to get up close and personal with candidates in the upcoming State Elections. In a bid to bridge the gap between voters and constituency representatives, civil society group, Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE), has launched Project “Siapa Tok? ADUN 2016.” Continue reading

ROSE in The Star Metro : Training for Polling and Counting Agents

In preparation for the upcoming State Elections , Rise of Sarawak Efforts  (R.O.S.E.) a local civil society organisation working on free and fair elections and rural community transformation  has started training citizens and members of the public to serve as Polling and/or Counting Agents in the coming elections.   Continue reading

ROSE goes North!

Training PA/CAs for Sarawak Elections In preparation for the upcoming State Elections , Rise of Sarawak Efforts  (R.O.S.E.) a local civil society organisation working on free and fair elections and rural community transformation  has started training citizens and members of the public to serve as Polling and/or Counting Agents in the coming elections.   Continue reading

Say YES to being a PACA volunteer for the 2016 Sarawak State Elections

The Sarawak State Elections are expected to be called within the first quarter of 2016, likely end of March 2016. Come election time, we will need TRUSTWORTHY, DEDICATED & INCORRUPTIBLE Polling Agents, Counting Agents & Booth Agents (PACABA) to combat the wave of election fraud. YOU can be the eyes, ears and mouth for the candidates that YOU believe in. Continue reading

Rose In The Borneo Post : Civil action group wants return of political party Assistant Registration Officers

The Borneo Post 25th December 2015 KUCHING: A civil action group Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE) is calling upon the Election Commission (EC) to allow Assistant Registration Officers (ARO) from political parties to be appointed to deal with new voter registration immediately. ROSE believes that it is not impossible to get a 2/3 vote for any change in the constitution if there was a proposal for automatic registration of voters. Continue reading

ROSE in the BORNEO POST : Court’s go-ahead sign of ‘poor health’ in democratic process — NGO

KUCHING: A civil rights movement expressed its disappointment over the Federal Court’s dismissal of the application for leave to challenge the proposed re-delineation of the state’s electoral boundaries. The Rise of Sarawak Efforts (Rose) believed that the court’s decision was reflective of the current ‘poor health’ of the democratic institutions in Malaysia. Continue reading