Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vote Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a new Putrajaya government

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Ceramah held in Buntung, Ipoh on Saturday, March 2, 2013

Vote Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a new Putrajaya government 

Cacapity crowd. Ambiga gave a great speech.

Some people view her as a number one enemy.

She has been a target of hate speeches and internet articles.

There was an attempted break-in at her office.

Some army veterans and burger sellers staged protests in front of her house to voice their discontent over the Bersih rally.

Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz had called for her to be hanged for the “treasonous Act of organizing the Bersih rally.

Despite all these attacks, threats and harassment, she has not wavered at all in her pursuit for free fair and clean election.

Dato S Ambiga will certainly go down in history as one of the greatest fighters for democracy in Malaysian history.

What is democracy when there is no guarantee that the election will be free, fair and clean?

Some people can continue to attack her, but Ambiga will certainly continue her pursuit because not only she is a woman of steel and with great convictions, she knows she has the backing of Malaysians who know what is right and wrong.

If the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib is sincere about wanting to be a reformist, there is no reason why he cannot accept the 8 Bersih demands, which are:-

  1. Clean up of the electoral roll
  2. Reform of postal ballot
  3. Use of indelible ink
  4. Minimum 21 days of campaign period
  5. Free and fair access to mass media for all parties
  6. Strengthening of public institutions
  7. No corruption
  8. No dirty politics
Crowds outside the Hall
If Najib is a true reformist, he  should have the courage to accept the Bersih demands and fight the Opposition fair and square.

It is obvious that BN fears holding a free, fair and clean election and hence will not be committed to implement al the Bersih demands before the next general election .

We can expect BN to continue to attack Ambiga and Bersih.

Last month, former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir has even called for the revocation of Amiga’s citizenship.

He was quoted by media as saying that the government needs to amend the constitution if it wants to strip citizenship of lawyers such as Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga, who go against the government.

"To strip a person's citizenship, you need to amend the constitution. And to amend the constitution you need two-thirds majority in Parliament."So, I ask that you give two-thirds majority to the BN government".

Mahathir’s remarks have made many people to think that what would have happened to Ambiga if Mahathir is still the prime minister and BN still commands two third parliamentary majority.

Thanks to the 2008 political tsunami, BN today does not have the two thirds parliamentary majority.

But merely denying BN its two thirds parliamentary majority is not sufficient to ensure protection of Malaysians fundamental and constitutional rights, what Malaysians should do is to vote a new Putrajaya government that is sincerely and totally committed to human rights.

Come the general election, Malaysians should rise to the occasion vote Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a new Putrajaya government helmed by a new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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