Amid political jostling, Bersih calls for fresh elections

Bersih chairman Thomas Fann rejects moves to form a new government coalition.

PETALING JAYA: The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) today called for fresh parliamentary elections to be held to seek a fresh mandate from the people in the wake of the latest political developments in the country.

Bersih 2.0 and 31 other organisations made the call at a press conference at which Bersih chairman Thomas Fann said moves to form a “back-door government” should not be tolerated.

He called on MPs who had won on a Pakatan Harapan ticket but who had since changed their alliance to resign immediately as they no longer had the mandate of the people.

On Sunday, political leaders of various parties sought an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in what was seen as a move towards forming a new federal government comprising PPBM, Umno, PAS and a faction of PKR members led by Azmin Ali.

The moves were condemned by leaders of PKR, DAP and Amanah, and Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned this morning as prime minister as well as chairman of PPBM.