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

Beyond Kliktivism Videos

If you missed the Beyond Kliktivism forum last May at The Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching, you can now watch the videos of the talk by our invited speakers (YB Hannah Yeoh, Thomas Fann and Dr Faisal Hazis) including an introduction to R.O.S.E by Ann. Watch and get inspired by how these ordinary citizens got out of their comfort zones and stood up for change in their own capacities; and don't forget to share it! "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead Continue reading

ROSE Training for Polling and Counting Agents (PACA) 2015 (ROUND 2)

On 1st August 2015 ROSE trainers conducted a follow-up session of Polling and Counting Agent (PACA) Training with special focus on Counting of ballots. The small number of participants this time (about 5 new participants and 2 who came for a refresher) more than made up for it as they were very attentive and enthusiastic. More than half of them were retirees.   The main part of the training was on the roles and responsibilities of a Counting Agent (CA) as well as an overview of what happens at a Polling Station on election day.   The session was conducted by Ann Teo and facilitated by Tiffany Lim. Again, the use of role-play in the training was well received and the participants gained a lot of knowledge from it. They had great fun too from volunteering/participating in the role-play. Continue reading

Inaugural ROSE Training for Polling and Counting Agents (PACA) 2015

Experienced ROSE trainers kicked off the session with a quick introduction on the roles of PACAs ROSE  kicked off our  inaugural Polling and Counting (PACA) Training Session in Kuching  on the 27th June 2015 with 22 attentive participants of varying age-groups. Most were from Kuching and Bau areas while two came from as far as Betong, a good four hours away. The main part of the training was on the roles and responsibilities of a PA and CA on election day interspersed with voter education and rights.     Continue reading

Getting Sarawak Urbanites to Move ‘Beyond Kliktivism’

The following is a response piece by our member, Lynn Cheang for MalaysiaKini regarding the media's skewed coverage (here, here and here) on ROSE's public forum - 'Beyond Kliktivism':  Rise of Sarawak Efforts (Rose) organised its inaugural public forum entitled ‘Beyond Kliktivism’ on the evening of May 18, 2015 at the HIP Café, Kuching. It had a very good turnout of about 85 persons, mostly the young and from different backgrounds, but all urbanites. I was there as a volunteer with Rose to assist in books and T-shirt sales. Laura, the volunteer in charge of registration had made great efforts in contacting and reminding those who had pre-registered for the event to come on time and so they did. There was an excited buzz as the arriving crowd helped themselves to refreshment of lovely cheesecakes, chocolate cakes and bruschetas, accompanied by coffee and tea. One could sense the camaraderie of strangers and friends alike coming together in a such a socio-political set-up. Continue reading

Stampin Voters Object Again to SPR Electoral Re-delineation

29th April 2015 Once again, 116 voters from P196 Stampin being dissatisfied with the SPR's work of delineating the electoral boundaries of the state of Sarawak, submitted their objections at the close of the period designated for objections to SPR's revised recommendations in the '2nd display' on the 30th March 2015. Continue reading

EC Constituency Boundary Review Proposals Deeply Flawed; Violate International Conventions

5th February 2015 The end of the month-long objection period of the recent Constituency Boundary Review in Sarawak has shown that the Election Commission's (EC) current method and process of delimiting and delineating constituencies is deeply flawed. The record number of objections (56) this time round as opposed to only 26 in 2005, to the EC's proposals and one judicial review of the whole delimitation/delineation process (along with of possibilities of lawsuits to come) indicates deep voter dissatisfaction with the EC's current manner of undertaking constituency boundary reviews. The process - and indeed the EC itself - requires serious and substantive reforms. Continue reading