In the final lap to 13GE, PR leaders should focus single-mindedly to win support of majority of Malaysians for PR Common Policy Programmme and not fall into Umno/BN “Divide and Rule” trap


In the final lap to the 13th General Elections, Pakatan Rakyat leaders should focus single-mindedly to win support of the majority of Malaysian voters for the Pakatan Rakyat Common Policy Programme and not fall into the Umno/barisan Nasional “Divide-and-Rule” trap.

Let us be guided by the Joint Statement of Pakatan Rakyat leaders when Pakatan Rakyat was formed in 2008 which reaffirmed the solidarity, commitment and consensus basis of PR to implement an agenda to develop the nation and create a prosperous society based on justice, freedom, democracy and good governance, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and culture.

The Joint Statement of PR leaders dated 12th April 2008, bearing the signatures of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Ismail, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang and myself, states:

“The policies of Pakatan Rakyat are centred on objectives that have been agreed upon and accepted by the leaders of the three parties that are keADILan, DAP and PAS. Among these are to develop this country on the basiss of justice, create opportunities for all citizens to enjoy national prosperity and to accord priority to those who are poor and marginalized.

“Pakatan Rakyat is not the forum nor is it the place for any group or individual to champion personal ideologies or that of its component parties. Although there have been individuals who express personal views that differ from the agreed agenda of Pakatan Rakyat, those views are clearly personal. They do not represent that of any of the Parties in Pakatan Rakyat. As such, all leaders and members of Pakatan Rakyat have been directed to desist from expressing views that contradict those that have been mutually agreed upon by Pakatxan Rakyat.

“There is no one party that is the backbone of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, the strength of Pakatan Rakyat is based on principles of equality and spirit of co-operation among leaders of Pakatan Rakyat in keeping with the mandate that has been given to us by the people during the 12th General Elections.”

For more than two years, the country has been waiting for the holding of the 13th GE but the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s indecisiveness and vacillations because of his lack of confidence in the outcome of the polls have seriously sapped economic confidence in the immediate future for the country.

Time is running out for Najib for the window for him to choose the best timing for dissolution of Parliament has been reduced to a pitiable five months as come April 27, 2013, the current 12th Parliament stands automatically dissolved even if Najib out-Hamlets everyone and still cannot decide when to call for polls.

However, I do not believe Najib wants to make world history as belonging to the rare breed of government leaders who could not even decide when to hold general elections and have to hang on until there is an automatic dissolutuin of Parliament under the Constitution.

I would expect the 13th General Election to be held in February or March next year. With the final three or four months to the 13GE, this is the time for all Pakatan Rakyat leaders, members and supporters to make the supreme effort to mobilise voters throughout the country to rally behind the PR Common Policy Programme and not to allow Umno/BN and their media, whether printed or electronic, to drive a wedge of division and dissension among and between Pakatan Rakyat parties.

In this connection, it must be pointed out that recant reports that the DAP had agreed that hudud would be implemented if Pakatan Rakyat captures Putrajaya in the 13 GE is completely untrue and baseless.

The DAP stand that hudud is not suitable nor appropriate for Malaysa because it is against the Constitution and the plural characteristics of Malaysia is an open, constant and consistent DAP position for the past 46 years of the party history.

DAP has made our stand clear and this is why it is not part of the PR Common Policy Programme, which can only be amended if there is consensus by all the three PR parties.

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  1. #1 by Winston on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 11:44 am

    Well said.
    In fact, is it so very difficult to choose between UMNO/BN and the PR?
    The former has more baggage than that of a cargo plane.
    On the other hand, PR has done a good job in the states governed by them for the past four years.
    Especially for Penang & Selangor while Kedah and Kelantan have shown improvements.
    This, according to the AG’s report over the years.
    Such simple facts alone will make the decision a cinch!!

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Instead of arguing who will take up which position when Pakatan Rakyat is voted to power, it is important that Pakatan Rakyat makes known to its electorate what the three parties, COLLECTIVELY, can offer Malaysians, and how the coalition can bring positives changes to each and every Malaysian in their lives, home and workplace.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Some1 is cousulting bomoh/witch 2 decide on d best day 2 hv GE13, mayb 31.1.13 (a palindrome)
    Also happy 2 let 21.12.12 (Mayan calendar) ensure dat he is d last peeM fr UmnoB
    Rakyat astounded by his elegant silence over many mis-handled n corrupt issues
    He’s still busy dishing out rakyat duit, left, right n centre, pok kai lor

  4. #4 by Loh on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 2:41 pm

    ///It would be unfair and un-Islamic should PAS apply hudud law solely on Muslims, says the former PM in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.///–Malaysiakini

    To Mamakthir Hudud is not a gift to Muslims, and it is even restrictions which Muslims are not happy to accept. That is why he wants non-Muslims to subject to Hudud so that they can also be made to suffer. Mahathir is a racial extremists and he is only interested to see non-Malays suffer. He does not see UMNO racial discrimination policies against non-Malays as un-Islamic, because they are against non-Malays’ interest. In Hudud, Mamakthir is quick to claim that it would be un-Islamic if Hudud is not applied to non-Muslims, because he considers that Muslims suffer under Hudud. Why make Muslims suffer Hudud if Mamakthir thinks that it is not in Muslims’ interest to implement Hudud?

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 4:05 pm

    I don’t know what nAjib or muhyiddin, Soi Lek & Liow tiong lai or are saying or what palanivel is not saying.

    Everywhere I hear the rakyat say they want to finish UMNO, MCA, MIC, for good this time.

    So Najib, what are u saying?

    The fact Najib dares not cAall the GE after some 3 years (?) as PM is not because he has no b*lls, but because he knows BN is a lost cause. Sorry, bro.

  6. #6 by waterfrontcoolie on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 5:28 pm

    This is the only option the self-appointed spokesman for BN to create fears among the non-Muslims, indeed he himself and his family hold more fear than others! Surely losing either hand for theft is frightening! BN or the PM has nothing to offer except candies to scattered pools of those who are happily holding out for them. I believe, PKR will give MORE than just a fight to BN this time around! The only rational thing to do is not to create unnecessary unexpected views which will be exploited by BN. Besides, cash and candies, PM himself has nothing to offer in policy issues except the policy of not turning a blind eye to corruption among the political leaders and their cronies!

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 6:50 pm

    While rakyat (bosses) making a long march to hv their voices heard by their servants (MPs) 人民正义起义斗争, moo was away in Osiland launching MSDN (Malaysian Scientific Diaspora Network), trying 2 con M’sian scientists abroad 2 return 2 M’sia
    Aiyah, Y no cow sense 1, surely he must know dat most of them left M’sia bcos of racist n corrupt UmnoB/BN, harakiri 1st lah, then mayb some of them might return 2 M’sia

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Why every time order harakiri 1? Harakiri can die 1,you know? At least let him repent 1st by saying in public ‘I am Malaysian first…’then all the Malaysian scientists abroad will sure come back 1 leh.Sure 1,what say you.moo? Mooooooooooo

  9. #9 by tak tahan on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 8:06 pm

    Yeah focus on the coming Ge13.But this time PR,no more hudud and confusion statements again to confuse the Rakyat.

  10. #10 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 8:21 pm

    What I can say is that when I look at the faces of the top leaders of Pakatan, I see really strong determination. When I look at UMNO/BN leaders, I see nervousness. In particular whenever Najib speaks I see faces all around him that are unconvinced..

    Its a sight to behold Anwar building momentum and its amazing to see him, at his age, go from town to town to huge stadiums to small rooms gathering bigger and bigger crowds even in the strongest UMNO stronghold..

    There is no doubt HE IS STILL the no 1 Malay leader and Mahathir’s biggest mistake and that is saying something because Mahathir has made quite a lot and whoppers…

  11. #11 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Ahoi Ah Jib Kor just signed ASEAN human rights declaration.

    Now, hoi Ah Jib, when are u going to start moving for Human Rights Act? IPCMC ACt?
    Abrogate Sedition Act? Abrogate ISA?

    Funny, I thought Ah Jib doesn’t believe in human rights at all? Would Ah Jib respect human rights when he loses his pants in GE 13? Hmmmm…?

  12. #12 by monsterball on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 10:03 pm

    So much have been exposed after 12th GE.
    Never seen Umno B leaders keep defending and site tracking issues after issues.
    Never seen an unelected PM talk so much and yet keep delaying 13th GE…revealing what Umno B is….what he is.
    Delaying to last last moment…is like a drowning man catching a straw for the love of his life.
    Never seen…never know…how thick their skins are.
    Najib knows…Malaysians cannot be fooled by his tricks and treats…except fooling school children.
    Close to 3 million young new voters are sick of him.
    He knows it.

  13. #13 by monsterball on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Races thrown into politics.
    Religions thrown into politics.
    35 years intensified to con…to fool….to poison minds.
    As time passes by..weak minds became strong….the blind sees…the liars…cheaters…murderers…all exposed.
    Nothing happen…nothing will….for they know they hold the power…to do as they like.
    They never behave like elected politicians.
    All past GEs are for show….but the 12th GE shocks them…..for with their formulas to win it again and again with ghost riders…frauds..yet they lost 4 States.
    It shows at 12th GE…much much more voters …voted for change.
    Now…is all about the same old story..same old songs…fishing for votes.
    Malaysians cannot be easily fooled now.
    Umno B ministers are clearly divided.
    Some are ready to accept what comes may.
    Some are greedy for more money…thinking they can buy their way out.
    Some are afraid..very afraid to be investigated for corruptions and murders.
    Most do not respect their PM too…but support him on anything…any ideas he has to get the crooks off the hook.
    4 more months..to Judgement Day.
    What can he do…except the last smart idea…to declare Emergency Rule…upsetting the people and country.
    Millions of eyes are watching him closely.
    When you watch a crook like a hawk…the crook has no power to do as he likes.
    It still depends on the ghost riders….but that failed at 12th GE.
    13th GE will be worst for BN.

  14. #14 by tak tahan on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 10:26 pm

    yalah..c..g h..i

  15. #15 by tak tahan on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 10:28 pm

    sorry,non-intentional sending post before full-typing

  16. #16 by drngsc on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 10:38 pm

    Yes, let us all unite for the good of Malaysia. We have to save Malaysia from UMNO. Anything but UMNO / BN. Let is be focus, and single minded.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is coming. Let us unite for Malaysia. ABU. First to GE 13, then to Putrajaya.

    Change we must. Change we can. Change we will.

  17. #17 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Change the style you naughty boy. The country certainly needs a big change.

  18. #18 by boh-liao on Monday, 19 November 2012 - 8:23 am

    Don’t we C AhCheatKor changing, now aping BO by saying “d best is yet 2 come” – Best of what?
    Corruption? Self-enrichment?

  19. #19 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 19 November 2012 - 10:17 am

    Woow. Looks like GE13 will not be held any time this year.

    Umno’s pre-election wayangs are meant to last the pre-election duration only. We all know that. Take the sudden-once-in-five-yr road paving efforts for instance. Right after election, as sure are night will follow day, the re-surfaced roads would break up and those old potholes underneath, yeah, they would all show up again. To signify the end of umno’s election wayang.

    Any different this time? Sure. Those short duration wayangs by jib’s umno ended before election has started. Many of those suddenly-once-in-five-year resurfaced roads have their top surface peeled off already. All the monies distributed as election bribe by jib have been spent by now – a few hundred ringgit cant last forever.

    In other words, umno’s cheating ways are showing up in a manner umno never quite expected them to.

    So there jib, lets face it. Umno is finished (past tense). GE13 will serve to formalise umno’s end and nothing more!

  20. #20 by cseng on Monday, 19 November 2012 - 1:09 pm

    For decades Ms’aian wree boxed down into race & religions, race and religion issues are magnet of votes. These are the ‘responses’ toward decades of BN-style of mind indoctrination.

    Umno is obsessed with race and racist policies. PAS is obsessed with religion and hudud. All these aimed at winning the votes of ‘majority’.

    Why, after 5 decades of independence,
    1) Umno and PAS race for hudud, as if, its prize is tenancy of Putrajaya?
    2) Why right of religion freedom became toxic of politic, lost all if you say it?

    It only amplify m’sian indeed are boxed into race & religion. The society are obsessed with these and intolerant on these.

    The curse is running its cause, the devil showing off his evil power and preparing his toxic potion…. and warn “better devils you know that angel you don’t”…

  21. #21 by waterfrontcoolie on Monday, 19 November 2012 - 2:55 pm

    All the Printed Toilet Papers will distort the news to mislead the average Malaysians who have been mis-fed with half-truth all these years. Hence any one stupid enough to want them to mis-report, they will be happy to do it. It is the hope of most thinking Malaysians that with all the Gates that we have come to witness, even those dull readers of the Toilet Papers will come to realize what should be done!

  22. #22 by monsterball on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 7:50 am

    Style need not change.
    Second comment approved!!

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