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

ROSE Press Statement - Sarawak Delimitation of Boundaries

FC’s Decision Has Only Emboldened ROSE’s Resolve to and Increase Awareness of Voters’ Rights and Enlarge Democratic Space Rise of Sarawak Efforts is very disappointed but not entirely surprised with the decision of the FC today on the Sarawak Delineation challenge brought by ADUN for Batu Lintang See Chee How and Pauls Baya, a voter in Baram constituency. Continue reading

ROSE Rallies With BERSIH 4 Kuching!

ROSE volunteers at BERSIH 4 Kuching The urgent call for volunteers to man the ROSE voter registration booth at BERSIH 4 Kuching went out at 11pm on the 25th of August. On that same night, we had 1 response. By the next morning we had 2, then 5, then 7 and finally we had 12. Out of the 15 who responded, at least half were first-time volunteers at events of this nature. One volunteer came all the way from Miri and answered our call for volunteers. Despite the trepidation that things could get ugly, despite the heat, despite the discomfort, ROSE is proud that with the help of these passionate Sarawakians, we managed to register 100 voters in 3 hours! The ROSE voter registration booth at Song Kheng Hai Hawker Center, BERSIH 4 Kuching The following is a reflection from one of our first-time ROSE volunteers, Li Ern. Her first contact with ROSE was through the Beyond Kliktivism forum organised way back in May. (If you missed our event, the videos are up here!) Continue reading