MALAYSIANSKINI | In March 2018, human rights activist Yap Swee Seng became the first-ever executive director of Bersih, an organisation that has been instrumental in bringing the expression of public dissent to the mainstream.
But Yap's activism started long before Bersih, including a stint with NGOs Suaram and Bangkok-based Forum Asia.
When he became Bersih’s executive director, little did he know that the decades-long work by activists like him was about to bear fruit.
Two months later, the six-decade-long hegemonic rule of BN and Umno came to an abrupt end in the 14th general election.
"I didn't believe that there would be a change of government, what more with Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the prime minister...