Opposition will devise plan to make country graft free
Last updated on 14 January 2012 - 06:22pm
ALOR SETAR (Jan 14, 2012): The Pakatan Rakyat will come up with an action plan to combat corruption, should they win the next general elections.
DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang said leaders of the three member parties – PKR, PAS and DAP - will discuss the matter and come with the plan prior the general elections, which must be held by April 2013.
"We will discuss the matter. And probably before the 13th general elections, we will come out with a proposal," he at the PR's 3rd annual convention at the Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim here.
"We want a graft free country," he added in response to a query by guest speaker Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, who is also Bersih 2.0 chairman,
Also present were Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, DAP vice-president Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Abdul Hadi Awang and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
Ambiga, who was invited to address the gathering as an NGO leader, had asked for the opposition's plan on corruption.
"I want to know if PR is looking at setting up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission For Corruption," she said, stressing that such commissions had been set up in countries like South Africa and Hong Kong.
Ambiga also said the country should have a policy to pardon those who had committed minor graft offences, to help facilitate transformation in the government administration.
She noted that Malaysia's ranking in the world Corruption Perception Index dropped to 60th place (out of 182 countries) in 2011, from 56th in 2009 and 2010.
She also asked what PR plans to do to have assets that have been lost due to corruption to be returned.
She said more than RM1 trillion has been reported to have flowed out of the country. "What are PR's plans to bring back the money?" she said adding "This is the people's money."
Asked by reporters later, Anwar said the PR leaders were open to ideas about formulating an anti-corruption plan.
"I will meet her (Ambiga) and listen for suggestions," he added.
Meanwhile, Hadi expressed hope that the freeing of Anwar through the recent judicial decision pronouncing him not guilty in his sodomy trial, was a turning point for the independence of the judiciary, as well as the separation of powers between the political and executive segments.
PAS vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar explained that the coalition partners will gather pertinent points and important issues that are also raised in the convention, to formulate a single manifesto dereved from the Orange Book which highlighted the opposition's plan and aspirations if they take over government.
The PR leaders also agreed to hold the coalition's next convention in 2013 in Putrajaya.