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Dear Friends, Clients, Media Agents and Enthusiasts,

Strategic Information Research and Development Centre(SIRD) and KLSCAH-Civil Rights Committee(CRC) cordially invite you to the launch of DEMOCRACY AT STAKE?: EXAMINING 16 BY-ELECTIONS IN MALAYSIA, 2008-2011, edited by Wong Chin Huat & Soon Li Tsin. We are pleased to have Pak Samad Said to launch the book.

This launch will include a discussion panel on PROSPECT OF CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTION IN GE13 AND ITS IMPLICATION ON DEMOCRACY IN MALAYSIA. Attached are the details for your kind perusal.

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8.00PM24 October 2012 (Wednesday)
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese  Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), 1 Jalan Maharajalela, KL. (MAP)

1) Dr. Wong Chin Huat, research fellow of Penang Institute
2) Dr. Arnold Puyok, political scientist from UiTM Sabah
3) Dr. Mavis Puthuchearyresearcher and co-editor of the book Elections and Democracy in Malaysia
4) Zulkifli Sulong, editor of & weekly newspaper Siasah
Moderator:    Ibrahim Suffian, programme director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research

Foreword by Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

Democracy at Stake? draws together information from 16 by-elections that took place in Malaysia since the 12th General Elections in 2008, in an important assessment of the current health of Malaysia’s electoral system. The chapters have been written by journalists, activists and researchers. Through painstaking data collection and detailed analysis, this volume documents the by-election process and identifies some significant flaws in the electoral system.

Key to parliamentary democracy is the question of legitimacy. If there are clean, fair and free elections, then the government can be confident in the knowledge that it is in power with the backing of the people. When clean, fair and free elections do not take place, this legitimacy is simply not there and the government does not have a mandate to rule.

Please grace the occasion with your presence and participate in the discussion. Hope to see you there!

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