Jun 16, 2008
A group of us numbering 351 people of all races and from different trades and different strata of Penang have decided to join Parti KeADILan Rakyat after careful evaluation of the present political scenario of our country and a deeper understanding of the political objectives of PKR.
Our applications to join PKR as members had been accepted by the party as announced by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto leader of the Party, in Bayan Baru, Penang, last night.
We felt that a two-party system has emerged after March 8th, 2008, and it is healthy for Malaysia not to be dominated by any single party as before, if our aim is to achieve a true parliamentary democracy and a free society.
There are a few important reasons as to why we chose PKR:
Firstly, it is truely multi-racial in its set-up and is steadfastedly and consistently against racism, chauvinism and religious extremism.
Secondly, it practises politics of moderation, accountability and transparency and has proclaimed a war on corruption, croynism and nepotism.
Thirdly, its stance for social juistice made it more relevant to the middle and lower strata of our society which cut across race while it is pro-business and progress.
Fourthly, its fight for democracy, justice and freedom such as the exposure of Lingam’s video clip have contributed to a helthier growth of our judiciary system to become more independent and trusworthy.
Fifthly, it is very important to strenghten PKR and hence Pakatan Rakyat to assist them in their adminitration of the 5 states under their charge as popularly decided by the people on March 8th, and to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat is always a viable and credible alternate government to the Barisan Nasional.
We collectively and strongly beleive that our decision to join PKR is a matter of public interests and we should inform the public of our move. We also hope that more people could join the PKR in the process of causing constant social change which has been stepped up lately through the reform movement.
Some of us had been involved in politics but some are new blood in politics. However, all of us sincerely wish to see a better tomorrow for Malaysia as championed by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his team as comprehensively laid out in the New Malaysian Economic Agenda.
We look forward to the society’s support to carry out our political struggle so as to make Malaysia a better and safer place for everyone to live in.