Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Prime Minister must make a guarantee that there will be peaceful transfer of power if there is a change of government at the next election.



Opening Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at the DAP Election Training Workshop held in Ipoh on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

The Prime Minister must make a guarantee that there will be peaceful transfer of power if there is a change of government at the next election. 

While we cannot be certain when  the Prime Minister will call for dissolution of the Parliament  to pave way for the nation’s 13th election, one thing that is obvious to all is that  Umno/BN is showing sign of increasing desperation that there will be a new Federal Government  helmed by Pakatan Rakyat at the next polls.
Desperate people will do desperate things and we can expect the next general election to be the dirtiest in the nation’s electoral history.

BN will surely go all out to hang on to power. Among the dirty tactics that it will employ will be politics of lies, politics of fear and politics of money.

In fact, over the last few months, we have seen all types of lies being propagated by BN.
DAP has been accused of wanting to create a Christian state, is anti Islam and Royalty.  We have also been accused of supporting hudud law.

MCA has of late talked a lot about Stability above Chaos.

Once Parliament is dissolved, there is no doubt whatsoever that BN will also employ politics of money to woo voter support.

Hence, Pakatan Rakyat must be totally prepared for more intensified dirty politics from BN when nomination day begins.

Not only our members must become effective publicity agents on social media, at coffee shops, factories and offices to debunk all BN’s lies, we need to ensure that the “Debunk BN Lies” efforts become a people power campaign.

 The next election is undoubtedly the most important in the nation’s history. It is the first election whereby the Opposition is seen as a serious contender to take over federal power.

 We must therefore ensure the golden opportunity of bringing about A Better Malaysia for All not be robbed by BN’s politics of lies, fear and money.

While Malaysians who want change and who have been waiting for change must play their part in fighting against BN dirty politics, the Election Commission too must play its role to ensure the next election is free, fair and clean.

EC must stop giving excuses and must implement the Bersih’s 8 demands before the next election is held.
Let me remind the Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib and Election Commission that the world community will be watching Malaysia’s next general election.

In fact, there are two important commitments which the Prime Minister and EC should immediately and publicly commit to.

The Prime Minister must make a guarantee that there will be peaceful transfer of power if there is a change of government at the next election.

EC must commit to the concept and practice of a caretaker government during election period and ensure that the care taker government does not abuse and misuse its power to woo voter support.



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