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Malaysiakini: Barisan Rakyat vs Barisan Nasional

Posted on: February 23, 2008

Soon Li Tsin | Feb 23, 08 4:02pm
No three cornered fights, no individual party manifestos and no divisive politics between opposition parties.

barisan rakyat 230208 harris ibrahimThese are the ideals of a civil society movement who created a Barisan Rakyat (People’s Front) – endorsees of a People’s Declaration – to take on the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (National Front) in the coming general election.

Convene by The People’s Parliament initiator Haris Ibrahim (right) at the Blog House in Damansara Heights today, six political parties- Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), PKR, DAP, PAS, Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP) and the United Pasok Nunukragang National Organization (Pasok) – expressly voiced their support for the initiative.

PAS central committee member Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud got the crowd cheering when she said her party is supportive of the People’s Declaration.

Strong backing from PAS

“When our president (Abdul Hadi Awang) announced our manifesto recently, the press was angry because there was no ‘Islamic state’ in it because they (the press) wanted to hang us over this issue.

“When we used Islamic state last time, people called us extremists so we transformed it into a 12-core manifesto which coincides with many points in this declaration,” she said to a rousing applause.

Meanwhile DAP NGO bureau chief Ronnie Liu announced that the opposition has reached a pact to ensure all seats will be contested on a one-to-one basis dispelling concerns over three-cornered fights.

The 19-page People’s Declaration calls for national unity, genuine democracy, enhanced administrative transparency, strengthened economy and fulfilling the social contract.

While its sister document called The People’s Voice calls for race-based political governance of the country to be rejected and to have in its place a non race-based system of governance.

It also urges for the original aims of the New Economic Policy to eradicate poverty regardless of race be immediately given effect and implemented.

Haris – a renowned human rights lawyer – revealed that the declaration was in fact based on a joint election manifesto prepared for the Alternative Front in 1999 which was not publicised in the elections at that time.

About 100 people mostly decked in yellow t-shirts holding a copy of the declaration were seen nodding as Haris said the state of politics in the country today has raised concerns among the public.

People the boss

“Barisan Rakyat is the hope for the people. Civil society will no longer be a passive component in the political, electoral process.

“We want quality candidates to take their place in the electoral process. We want the ability to be fully informed of candidates that are worthy of our choice.

barisan rakyat 230208 memo“Under the constitution, the people are the boss and when you come to us for our vote and offer to serve us, you must move from Yang Berhormat (the Honourable) to Yang Berkhidmat (the Servant),” he said to claps from the audience.

He told the crowd that the document belongs to the people and urged them to spread the word.

Also present to endorse the declaration was PKR central committee member Badrul Hisham Saharin and MDP secretary-general Wee Choo Keong.

Both will be contesting in the elections with the former facing deputy Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and the latter in Wangsa Maju under the PKR ticket.


2 Responses to "Malaysiakini: Barisan Rakyat vs Barisan Nasional"

i personally believe after Dr.M the next best person to help Malaysia to face the new challenges in a more globalised & highly competitive world is none other than D.S.Anwar bcos he is a welcomed personality & a favorable political figure in the world stage.after what he had gone through all these years there is no doubt he would be more wiser than his previous self.what Teng SeowPeng was to modern China is what Anwar is to a new & dynamic Malaysia.I hope i would be at least politically correct.

Aye to Anwar.
But the people must ensure he keeps his promises when in power.
We will think with him all the time.
He must be made accountable for all policies and decisions with his cabinet.
No BN cult-like culture with ampu here, there and everywhere.

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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