Bersih 5 is set to happen this Saturday, 19 November. This will be the fifth rally that the coalition for free and fair elections will hold since their first in 2007.
Bersih 5 is being organised as a response to the 1MDB scandals and here are the coalition's five institutional demands:
a) Clean Election
b) Clean Government
c) Strengthening of Parliamentary Democracy
d) Right to Dissent
e) Empowering Sabah and Sarawak
If you are planning to join the rally this year, here are some information that could come in handy:
1. What time will Bersih 5 start at?
2. What are the gathering points and route for Bersih 5?
In a press statement that was released on 1 November, Bersih 2.0 named two main meeting points for the rally this Saturday:
i) Dataran Maybank 1, Jalan Maarof, Taman Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Bank Rakyat-Bangsar LRT Station)
ii) Masjid Negara, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The group will then proceed to walk peacefully to Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is the route that the Bersih 5 rally goers are supposed to take:
3. What should I wear to the Bersih 5 rally?
Typically most rally goers would wear the signature yellow Bersih t-shirts that you can buy through their official site here.
There were four designs available initially but as of now, there is only one that in still in stock:
The t-shirt costs RM18 each.
Alternatively, you can head to the Bersih HQ at B-G-15 , Blok B, 8 Avenue, Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1, Seksyen 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor to buy the t-shirts.
They will be open from 11am till 6pm.
If you plan to go for the rally, be dressed in comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement - shorts, t-shirts, sweat pants, running shoes.
Avoid wearing jewellery or bringing any unnecessary valuables along. Also, bring a change of clothes in preparation for any untoward situation.
Put on your glasses instead of contact lens as it is a lot easier to handle if you get caught in a tear gas situation.
4. What is the best way to get to the meeting points?
As the chances of the most of roads in KL being blocked on 19 November is pretty high, it would be advisable to avoid driving to the meeting points.
Leave your car at home, hitch a cab to the nearest train station to get to any of the meeting points.
5. What do I need to bring to the rally?
a) Bring enough drinking water.
c) Cash - if possible do not bring any of your bank cards.
d) Wash cloth, wet tissues
e) A hand towel
g) A mini medical kit
Keep all your things in a backpack securely.
6. What are the global meeting points for the Bersih 5 rally?
For more details on the exact venue of the rallies at these locations, check out Bersih's global Facebook page.
Meanwhile, a message about road closures and ban of red or yellow clothing on Bersih 5 day, that is supposed to be a traffic news alert has been circulating on social media.
However, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has declared the news false.
According to the Rakyat Post's Facebook page, a traffic news alert has been issued by the authorities warning members of the public to avoid wearing any yellow or red clothing on Saturday, 19 November, the same day as the Bersih 5 rally.
It was also mentioned that people should avoid being in the vicinity of the gathering points named by Bersih - Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara on that day.
Responding to that, IGP Khalid said to The Star that these messages are untrue and that the authorities have not issued anything on road closures yet.
The viral fake message also said that more than 20 roads in Kuala Lumpur will be closed on the same day
It said that in conjunction with the planned Bersih 5 and red shirts rally, these roads will be closed from 5am till 6pm on 19 November:
1) Jalan Kuching / Jalan Mahameru
2) Jalan Mahameru / Jalan Kuching
3) Jalan Tun Ismail / Jalan Kuching
4) Jalan Kuching / Jalan Sultan Ismail
5) Jalan Ipoh / Jalan Tun Razak
6) Jalan Raja Laut / Jalan Ipoh
7) Bulatan Pahang
8) Jalan Pahang / Jln R Muda Abd Aziz
9) Jalan Tun Razak / Jalan Ampang
10) Jalan Ampang / Jalan P.Ramlee
11) Jalan Tun Razak / Jln Bkt Bintang
12) Jalan Pudu / Jalan Pasar (Bomba)
13) Jalan Dewan Bahasa / Rem PD 10
14) Jalan Loke Yew / Jalan Hang Tuah
15) Jalan Hang Tuah / Pudu Sentral
16) ‘U’ Turn PD 11 / Jalan Pudu
17) Jalan Bukit Bintang / Jalan Pudu
18) Jalan Pudu / PD 11
19) Jalan Imbi / Jalan Sultan Ismail
20) Jalan Sultan Ismail / Jln Bkt Bintang
21) Jalan Sultan Ismail /Jln Raja Chulan
22) Jalan Raja Chulan / Jalan Gereja
23) Jalan Sultan Ismail / Jln P. Ramlee
24) Jalan Sultan Ismail / Jalan Ampang