Free, Fair And Peaceful Elections – A Message From Anwar Ibrahim

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Parliament has been dissolved and the people of Malaysia finally will have the opportunity to decide on a government of their choice. Pakatan Rakyat calls on all Malaysians to make use of this golden opportunity to choose a new government, one that is not just competent and effective to move the nation forward but also trustworthy and determined to cleanse this nation of corruption and power abuse.

Throughout the 12th Parliament, Pakatan Rakyat has laid out clear options for the people and offered a comprehensive blue print for economic, political and social reform. At the same time, it has administered four State governments with a commendable record in terms of economic and social progress, accountability, and transparency.

We believe the people are capable of evaluating the positive changes that have been and will continue to be brought by Pakatan Rakyat.

We are confident that the people will choose a government that is committed to fighting corruption, placing their interest as paramount and placing at their service a corps of young leaders side by side with those of vast experience to answer their aspirations. We believe the people will choose a government that will act justly and fairly in all matters to all communities and across every strata of society.

Throughout the campaign period, Pakatan Rakyat will continue to take a matured political approach in presenting its case to the people. It will be a campaign that will reflect the aspirations of a nation to be civil, progressive, fair and just.

In this regard, we urge all sides, particularly our friends from the Barisan Nasional to observe the proper ethical standards and honour the democratic process and principles governing the conduct of political campaigns. We pledge to do the same and to defend the security and peace of the nation and warn against irresponsible elements out to create trouble and mischief. Indeed, we welcome the statement by Dato’ Seri Najib Razak and hold him to this word that there will be a peaceful transition of government in the event Pakatan Rakyat wins the 13th General Elections.

Pakatan Rakyat indeed has all confidence that the security forces will act professionally and fairly in the interest of maintaining public order and safety throughout the campaign period. This is in line with the duty and responsibility entrusted them by Federal Constitution to safeguard the democratic process and ensure that people continue to have the freedom to determine a government of their choice.

We once again extend the invitation to Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to engage in a proper and healthy debate in order for the people to have a better opportunity to make a proper and informed choice as to who should be given the mandate to rule.

ANWAR IBRAHIM
Opposition Leader

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