Tuesday 4 March 2008


Badrul Hisham Shaharin


Biodata edited from his blog.

Badrul or as he is generally known "che'GuBard" is a political and social activist.

He became active in politics after the 1998 Reformasi.

Badrul holds a diploma in education from the Raja Melewar Teachers' College in Seremban.

After graduating in 2000, he taught in various schools.
He left his stable teaching career to be actively involved in politics and was formerly the Youth Information Chief for People's Justice Party.

An energetic and resourceful leader, che'GuBard is well-known for his vocal statements and actions on various issues affecting society at large.

Che'guBard has attended numerous international seminars and training programs organized by NGOs all over the world. In July 2003, he attended the Comprehensive Training "Fit for Appearances in the Electronic Media" organized by Friedrich Nauman Stiftung (Bangkok) and the International Conferences on The Relevance Of Social Democrat Parties and Progressive Movements in East and Southeast Asia organized by FES Regional Office (MANILA) in October 2004.
Apart from that, he also receives invitations to be a speaker at both national and international forums.

In September 2006, he was invited to participate in the Gwangju Asian Human Right Folk School 2006 in South Korea. Badrul emerged as the best participant for the program and was offered a full scholarship from May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju to continue his studies in Masters Degree at the Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, Korea Republic in February 2007. Badrul furthered his studies in South Korea for a year and graduated in early 2008. During his stay there, he used the opportunity to expand his network with the peoples' movements and NGOs in South Korea, to interact actively and be involved in mass mobilization program there.

Badrul also has vast experiences in marketing and public relations, having been appointed as marketing manager and consultant to private companies since 2003. He is very active in social and welfare work.

He is also actively involved in state and national level activities and programs. He has received various awards for his achievement in youth and arts program at national levels.

Badrul's involvement as an activist reached its peak when he was directly involved in setting up Movement for Democracy and Anti Corruption (GERAK), an NGO mooted by Ezam Mohd Nor (he was detained under ISA and OSA for 2 years for exposing two senior minister's corruption cases). Badrul is now GERAK's Executive Coordinator. GERAK has established itself to become an important movement in Malaysia in combating corruption. It now has a network of about 5000 volunteers and has made a presence on the international level.

Badrul made history when he emerged as the youngest Supreme Leadership Council for People's Justice Party (PKR) at the 2007 Annual National Congress. The experience was sweeter when he contested for the post and got elected without his presence at the Congress, as he was in Korea furthering his studies.

It will be a hard battle for the Parliamentary seat of Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

But take heart Chegubard will be a worthy candidate for the Parliamentry seat P131, in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

The thinking voters will definitely support him.

This is what Tun Dr. Mahathir had to say about che'GuBard's opponent in P131, who is from BN (UMNO)

When he was recently interviewed by Singapore's TODAYonline, Tun Dr. Mahathir was asked this question:

Interviewer's QUESTION:

‘What do you think of the possibility of Mr Hishamuddin Hussein or Mr Khairy Jamaluddin playing a bigger role in UMNO after the elections?’

Tun Dr. Mahathir's : ANSWER:

“I think if you follow them, it will be disastrous for the party.”

CheGuBard is a walker of the talk, the authorities have detained him almost 20 times (once for two years, under the Official Secrets Act and the draconian Internal Security Act, without trial) for speaking out, walking the talk and expressing his opinion.

There is no freedom of peaceful assembly of speech in Malaysia, however some who are close to, or involved with UNMO are often allowed to get away with demonstrating against even visiting foreign diplomats, such as the Secretary of State of the USA.
Che'GuBard's opponent in the Rembau Parliamentary Constituency is such a person.
Furthermore, UMNO politicians often express racial threats with impunity, this has been well documented in the media.

However, Chegubard received this brutal treatment, when he was arrested as a result of one of his peaceful stands for freedom.

The police arrest cheGuBard, once again

CheGuBard kindly presents pillows to the tired PM




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