Saturday, February 23, 2008

Opposition Promises "One-To-One" Contests

Opposition parties have agreed on only straight fights in all seats to be contested across the country.

The assurance was given by DAP's Ronnie Liu.
He said this was consistent with the "hasrat rakyat".
Candidates engaged in three or four-cornered fights will be doing so without the support or endorsment of their party leaders.

Liu said this at the launching of the PEOPLE'S DECLARATION or DEKLARASI RAKYAT at Blog House in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

Present were representatives of six political parties who have endorsed the declaration .

Besides Liu, present were Dr Siti Mariah (Pas), lawyer Wee Chee Keong (Malaysian Democratic Party) and Badrul Hisham Shaharin or better known as Cikgubard (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) .

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Sabah-based Pasok were not able to send representatives but expressed full support of thePeople's Declaration.

Liu will be contesting in Pandamaran, Wee in Wangsa Maju, Dr Siti in Kota Raja and Cikgubard in Rembau (against the KHAIRY).

The People's Declaration is the initiative of Barisan Rakyat which is a civil society initiative.

Lawyer activist Haris Ibrahim who is the Barisan Rakyat man, told the gathering that "things must change" and "it is in our hands" to effect changes.
He said that civil society will no longer be a passive component in the political electoral process.

Haris asserted that the Barisan Rakyat is not founded on any assumption of race but on justice and equality for all.

He described the parties that civil society hadembraced as Barisan Harapan Rakyat.

We want quality candidates to take their place in the electoral process.

"We are worthy of our choice, we ask that you no longer take our votes for granted, we will work with parties that accept and appreciate that under the Constitution the rakyat is the Boss. and when you come out for the vote, you offer to serve us in Parliament, you have to move from yang berhormat to yang berkhidmat."

Read Haris' Hidup Barisan Rakyat in his blog The People's Parliament.

And what the People's Declaration is.


Pak Zawi said...

The first time ever this seems to be happening. Should there be a 3 cornered fight, it only means one that is planted by one of the two. Should this prevail, we will know that people are coming to the senses and will be sending a clear signal.

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't be but I'm too disillusioned with the way of politics and heap of lies that continue to be shovelled our way in this beloved nation of ours that I no longer pay any heed to the promises of politicians from both sides.

The level of intelligence(?) of some of these blokes shout out to you through catchphrases like "pembangkang sifar". Clearly, what they'd like most is to have no opposition that they ecah can run their constituencies like their own private fiefdoms, to do as they please. Puhleeeze!