Avoid Three-cornered Fights, Demi Rakyat

It is good to have reached an understanding, a compromise, a meeting point.

Yang paling penting, perjuangan untuk menegakkan keadilan diteruskan!

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17 April 2013
MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PSM Decision: Hopeful Prelude to Opposition Avoiding Three Corner Fights

We, civil society leaders and activists, applaud the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) decision to use the symbols of other Pakatan Rakyat parties instead of its clenched fist logo in next month’s general election.

We fully understand that this is a difficult compromise made by a Party that has struggled to get registration for the past 11 years. However it clearly demonstrates PSM’s willingness to listen to, and bow to the aspirations of the Rakyat to avoid three corner fights. It is an act of compromise which reflects a deep political maturity.

We hope that this is a prelude to a general agreement between all opposition parties not to engage in three corner fights in the coming election.

Such a general agreement will clearly reflect the aspirations of the Rakyat and the sentiments of voters at the grassroots who want a regime change and are concerned that three corner fights involving PR parties and other anti BN parties will result in victory for the BN candidate at the expense of the opposition in their constituency.

We are of the opinion that three or more corner fights will only undermine the opposition’s prospects of capturing power at national level. We hope that the PSM decision can serve as a basis for electoral agreements within the opposition to ensure that there will be only two party contests against the BN at the state or federal level.

We note from media reports that PR component parties may land up contesting each other come nomination day. To avoid this unnecessary conflict that goes against the aspirations of the Rakyat we are prepared to establish a Committee of civil society members to act as mediators.

We urge the PR and other opposition parties – as well as all voters – to be especially vigilant of BN tactics in putting up independent candidates – with or without party affiliation. Such a strategy will be employed with the intention of splitting the opposition vote. This election ploy has been used by the BN during previous elections and is likely to feature strongly in the coming elections especially in East Malaysia.

Finally, we feel strongly that the voters in the country want a clear choice between the BN and PR in the coming elections. Therefore in the spirit of “Ketuanan Rakyat” espoused by the PR, we intend to use our collective influence and clout – publicly as well as behind the scenes – to ensure that the opposition parties avoid three corner contests at all cost.

Issued by Group of Concerned Citizens:-
Ahmad Syukri Ab Razab
Al-Jafree Md. Yusop
Anne Ooi
Arthur Toh
Bernard Khoo
Dr.Azmi Sharom
Dr. Lim Teck Ghee
Dr.Kua Kia Soong
Dr.Toh Kin Woon
Dave Low
Fuad Rahmat
Haris Ibrahim
Ho Yock Lin
Janice Ti
Jayanath Appudurai
Kee Thuan Chye
Liau Kok Fah
Nalini Elumalai
Patrick Teoh
Raja Rohaisham Raja Muheiddin
Ronasina
Steven Ng

17 April 2013
KENYATAAN MEDIA: UNTUK SEBARAN SEGERA

Keputusan PSM – Kemungkinan mengelak daripada pertandingan tiga penjuru

Kami, para aktivis dan ketua masyarakat sivil, menyanjung keputusan Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) untuk menggunakan simbol parti parti Pakatan Rakyat dan bukan logo parti sendiri di dalam Pilihan Raya Umum bulan depan.

Kami faham betapa sukarnya kompromi ini bagi sebuah parti yang telah bertungkus lumus selama 11 tahun untuk didaftarkan. Bagaimanapun, ini menunjukkan dengan jelas keupayaan PSM untuk mendengar dan menunduk kepada aspirasi rakyat untuk mengelakkan pertandingan tiga penjuru. Ia merupakan satu tindakan kompromi yang mencerminkan kematangan politik yang mendalam.

Kami berharap ini merupakan satu permulaan kepada persetujuan di antara semua parti politik pembangkang agar tidak melibatkan diri didalam pertandingan tiga penjuru di pilihanraya akan datang.

Persetujuan umum sebegini semestinya akan mencerminkan aspirasi Rakyat dan sentimen pengundi di peringkat akar umbi yang mahukan penukaran rejim dan khuatir bahawa pertandingan tiga penjuru akan hanya menguntungkan BN di kawasan mengundi mereka.

Kami berpendapat bahawa pertandingan tiga atau lebih penjuru akan menjejaskan prospek pembangkang untuk menawan kuasa di peringkat kebangsaan. Kami berharap keputusan PSM boleh berfungsi sebagai asas untuk perjanjian pilihanraya pembangkang untuk memastikan pertandingan dua penjuru dengan BN di peringkat DUN atau Parlimen.

Daripada laporan media, kami difahamkan bahawa datangnya hari pencalonan, parti komponen PR mungkin bertanding antara satu sama lain. Untuk mengelakkan konflik yang bertentangan dengan aspirasi rakyat ini, kami bersedia menubuhkan sebuah Jawatankuasa Masyarakat Sivil untuk belaku sebagai pengantara.

Kami menggesa PR, parti parti pembangkang yang lain dan juga pengundi untuk berwaspada dengan strategi BN menggunakan calon bebas dengan atau tanpa mengira parti politik. Strategi sebegini akan digunakan untuk membelah undi pembangkang. Helah ini telah banyak kali digunakan BN pada pilihanraya sebelum ini, dan dijangka akan digunakan di pilihanraya alan datang ini, terutamanya di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Kami percaya sesungguhnya bahawa pengundi di Malaysia inginkan pilihan yang jelas diantara BN dan PR di Pilihan Raya ini. Justeru itu, atas semangat “Ketuanan Rakyat” yang dilaungkan oleh PR, kami ingin menggunakan pengaruh dan kekuatan kolektif, secara terbuka awam dan juga di belakang tabir, untuk memastikan bahawa parti parti pembangkang elak daripada bertanding tiga penjuru.

Dikeluarkan oleh Gabungan Rakyat Prihatin:-
Ahmad Syukri Ab Razab
Al-Jafree Md. Yusop
Anne Ooi
Arthur Toh
Bernard Khoo
Dr.Azmi Sharom
Dr. Lim Teck Ghee
Dr.Kua Kia Soong
Dr.Toh Kin Woon
Dave Low
Fuad Rahmat
Haris Ibrahim
Ho Yock Lin
Janice Ti
Jayanath Appudurai
Kee Thuan Chye
Liau Kok Fah
Nalini Elumalai
Patrick Teoh
Raja Rohaisham Raja Muheiddin
Ronasina
Steven Ng

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