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[Updated 7th September 2016: Maria Chin Abdullah of BERSIH 2.0 [OFFICIAL] has confirmed today that the fifth Bersih rally will be held in November. Exact details such as the date and venue will be shared on September 14th at a press conference.]

The Bersih 2.0 Official Facebook page had just broken the news that Bersih 5.0 would be a reality. The Bersih 2.0 chairperson alongside the Pemandu committee members organised a media briefing attended by the press earlier today. The conference was also uploaded on the official page’s Facebook ‘live’ function.

In the video, it was mentioned that Bersih 5.0 would be a peace rally to request for accountability in the 1MDB scandal. The Bersih representative mentioned in the video, “They have allowed the 1MDB scandal to go on for 5 years without any accountability.”

As such, the committee believes that going to the streets is a right choice to take for the citizens. It was also mentioned in the video that as Malaysians, we should take a stand against corruption in our nation. This came on after not just the scandals surrounding the nation, but also the switching of the Peguam Negara, the Ketua SPRM as well as 2 Pegawai Kanan SPRM.

Image Credit: QZ.com
Image Credit: QZ.com

As of now, the date of the event has yet to be disclosed but the Bersih committee announced that a date would be confirmed in the coming days, and further details would be disclosed when they are ready.

The Bersih committee would be launching a roadshow as well as a series of protests which is part and parcel of the build-up towards the event. Due to this, their priority now is to raise awareness in the public.

The Bersih 4.0 event saw an estimate of  79,919 — 108,125 people attending the event. With Bersih 5.0, the committee are looking to surpass 500,000 attendees.

Watch the live Facebook video of the Bersih 5.0 announcement here:

Feature Image Credit: Straits Times

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