PETALING JAYA: Thomas Fann has announced his resignation as chairman of Bersih, shortly after his re-election to the post.
“As of today, I have tendered my resignation as chairman of Bersih. To ensure a smooth transition of leadership until a new chair is elected, I will remain in the post for two months. I am committed to this smooth handover,” Fann said in a statement.
“Though I won the chairmanship uncontested for another term, it is clear to me that my efforts to evolve Bersih into a people’s institution were rejected by the majority of the endorsing NGOs of Bersih.”
He said there were five other senior committee posts up for re-election. With four of these posts taken up by a rival faction, he saw it as a “clear message” that his vision and direction for Bersih had been rejected.
“It was a vote of no confidence,” he said.
Fann also said he and former student activist Wong Yan Ke had opposing views on the direction Bersih would take, so he could not continue.
“It’s only fair for Wong and his team to have a free hand to take Bersih in the direction they see fit over the next two years,” he said.
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