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Bersih 4 - Political parties order mass mobilisations

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Several political parties have ordered the mass mobilisation of their members for the upcoming Bersih 4 overnight rally on Aug 29 and 30.

The order for mobilisation was not only issued to the main body of political parties but also by their respective wings.

Today, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin called on all members to "come out in full force" for the Bersih 4 rally.

"This is our opportunity to stage a peaceful protest and demand that the government listens to the rakyat.

"Come this month end, PKR Wanita expects women to form at least 50 percent of the turnout at Bersih 4," she said in a statement.

Zuraida's directive came a day after PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said the party was targeting to mobilise 20,000 members nationwide to join the protest.

Yesterday, the DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng also announced the party's endorsement of the rally.

DAP Youth chief Teo Kok Seong announced that his wing was also aiming to mobilise at least 20,000 members.

In a statement, Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general A Sivarajan also announced the party's endorsement of Bersih.

"PSM will stand with the rakyat for two days and one night at Dataran Merdeka to demand genuine change and also call on the leadership of all other political parties to join the rally in full force if they truly appreciate the aspirations of the rakyat," he said.

PAS not in the picture

However, it is yet to be seen if Bersih 4 will be as successful as Bersih 3 in 2012 which saw over 100,000 people taking to the streets.

This is because PAS for the first time will not be mobilising its members for the protest.

The party said it will only send two representatives to the rally, citing that it is not involved in organising the protest this time.

PAS is traditionally known for its well-oiled machinery in mobilising members and also provides crowd control personnel from its volunteer corp Unit Amal.

In PAS' absence this time, Bersih said it will mobilise 2,000 of its own volunteer security personnel for the rally.

The rally comes amid several scandals plaguing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, including the deposits of RM2.6 billion into his personal accounts and an apparent bid to scuttle investigations into the matter.

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