THE Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) – along with the coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), youth movements and student bodies – has expressed its disappointment and anger regarding the latest developments in the implementation of the reform agenda in this country.
BERSIH further claimed that the ‘gift’ of DNAA (discharged not amounting to acquittal) in corruption cases involving political elites – including the reduction of the sentence and fine by the Pardons Board for former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak – has fuelled the people’s anger.
“For one, the government’s failure to be transparent regarding the advice submitted to the Pardons Board indicates a disregard for the people’s right to know the truth,” BERSIH pointed out in a media statement.
“This seems to suggest that promises and commitments to reform, including combating corruption and its perpetrators, have been mere lip service.”
Echoing the sentiment of discontent raised by the Malaysian Bar, BERSIH contended that the current situation sends a strong signal that the people can no longer remain silent as the trajectory for institutional and political reform in the country veers off course.
“The primary concern lies in the prospect that the remaining four-year mandate of the current government will elapse without the implementation of any meaningful structural reforms including electoral reform, anti-corruption measures, and other institutional changes,” it suggested.
Emphasising that Malaysia is currently in a critical period of democratic transition which requires the collective participation of all parties to fully realise the “Reform Agenda 100%”, BERSIH has pledged to reinvigorate the people and the grassroots to shed light on the progress of this reform agenda through various actions and activities.
“BERSIH will not hesitate to mobilise the people to take to the streets if this is the language best understood by those comfortably in power regardless of the various excuses given,” it warned.
“The people urge the government to implement the 100% Reform Agenda without compromise!” – Feb 7, 2024
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