Angkatan Muda Keadilan
9 November 2009
9 November 2009
Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia (AMK) welcomes PAS President Tuan Guru Hadi Awang’s repeated rejection of cooperation with UMNO and PAS’ commitment to past and future Pakatan Rakyat policies at the recent PAS political seminar.
AMK believes that the five motions passed to strengthen Pakatan at the seminar show PAS’ unequivocal and united commitment towards augmenting Pakatan Rakyat in preparation for the 13th General Election. The March 8 political tsunami which formed Pakatan Rakyat were the first stirrings of hope towards a long-awaited two-party system Malaysia.
As a part of Pakatan, PAS will not discard or violate the rights of any ethnic group or people. It is unfair that many internal Pakatan issues have been played up by the mainstream media and certain quarters. There are different opinions in any normal coalition or organization, what more a political alliance that supports democracy and freedom of speech.
Leaders from all three Pakatan Rakyat parties will meet this 19 December in Shah Alam to formulate a Common Policy Framework. This seminar will streamline political positions and policies, discuss governance issues, improve interparty cooperation, and outline a national agenda should Pakatan Rakyat win Federal power.
Political consensus with the best interests of the rakyat at heart can only come about through honest, egalitarian, and respectful dialogue between all parties. Discussions like these prove that Malaysians are politically mature and sophisticated. Juxtapose this approach with UMNO’s hegemony in Barisan Nasional – more often than not UMNO policy is BN policy by default, while other component parties either become yes-men or scapegoats for UMNO’s arrogance.
The establishment of Pakatan Rakyat, therefore, has laid the foundation of a more democratic and progressive approach to Malaysian politics. Pakatan has never given up on the spirit of its original movement despite many machinations against it. Rather, Pakatan continues to seek the support of the rakyat to realise a two-party system in Malaysia and to set up a democratic, egalitarian, and just society.
Lee Khai Loon
Angkatan Muda Keadilan Malaysia