ROSE In The Borneo Post: ROSE to launch voter registration drive for 14th General Election

KUCHING: Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE), a local citizens action group working on voter empowerment and free and fair election, will launch a voter registration drive for the 14th General Election. “We are starting the 2017 voter registration drives with the hope that more Sarawakians will be able to participate in the upcoming general election. We will set up a booth at Lao Fu Zi Kopitiam in Stutong (next to Unaco Supermarket) from 9am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading

Volunteer Experience : Rural Work is Hard Work!

"Pilihanraya apa?" (What election?) "Undi apa?" (What vote?) "Saya tidak minat". (I’m not interested) Last December, I volunteered with ROSE for a new voters registration exercise in Sarikei. ROSE set up a booth at a youth conference, a big gathering of about 1,500 people. We managed to register 44 new voters in two days, most of which were under the age of 30. Honestly, I expected way more than 44, only to realize that rural work is hard work. This is my first experience in a rural area for voter registration, and the effort needed to secure one new voter is 10 times the effort as in the city. As compared to city folks who thank us for our effort in bringing the voters registration counter to them (so that they need not go to the post office to do it), I struggled with talking to these rural young people (partly due to the Iban language barrier) and had to explain to them what pilihanraya is. Continue reading

Sarawak Festival of Rights 2016

PRESS RELEASE   SARAWAK FESTIVAL OF RIGHTS AT THE OLD COURT HOUSE, KUCHING IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 10 DECEMBER 2016 The Sarawak Festival of Rights is being held at the Old Court House, Kuching in conjunction with International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016 from 10.00 am – 8.00 pm. This festival is the first of its kind in Sarawak. Its uniqueness is that it will group a coalition of national and state civil society groups from various sectors of society to share their work, their campaigns and their aims to showcase the rich diversity of social life in Sarawak. In line with it being a festival, all the groups will highlight their work via film screenings, small group discussions, music, poetry, fun activities and mini-exhibitions. Continue reading

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