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Buku Harapan must be the compass to reset nation-building policies, says Kit Siang

14 Dec 2019 / 13:35 H.

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang (pix) said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must rely on Buku Harapan – a list of election manifestos and promises that PH pledged to do should they become government – to be the compass to reset nation-building policies to return to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution.

This will ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia.

“We want the Pakatan Harapan government to succeed to reset nation-building policies for Malaysia to return to the founding principles of the Malaysian Constitution to ensure unity, justice, freedom, excellence and integrity in Malaysia, where there is separation of powers, the rule of law, public integrity and respect for human rights,” he said in a statement today.

“For six decades, we have strayed from the fundamental principles of the Malaysian Constitution. The resetting of nation-building principles to restore the original Constitution principles is an arduous process and will probably take a generation, but substantial efforts must be made in the five years before the next general election in 2023.”

He also said nineteen months have passed since the 14th General Elections (GE14) decision last year, where high hopes that there could be radical change overnight has been replaced by disappointment and disillusionment with the slow pace of change, with the perception that the PH government has relapsed to the sins and crimes of unaccountability, abuses of power and corruptions of the previous administration.

“Pakatan Harapan parties must guard against any such relapses, and firm remedial action are needed to ensure that the sins and crimes of the past, like unaccountability, abuses of power and corruption, do not occur in the Pakatan Harapan administration,” he said.

Lim also said it is vital and important that PH parties be able to convince members and core supporters that the trajectory towards a new Malaysia is on track, and that the promises towards building that new Malaysia, as contained in the election manifesto, remains their guiding principle.

He also said there are three recent events that serves as reminders that the country if on track towards a new Malaysia, namely the constitutional amendment bill on the two-term limit of the Prime Minister, and the two decisions by the Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas not to appeal against Rafizi Ramli’s case and the High Court decision that Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) denying bail to detainees is deemed “unconstitutional”.

“The two decisions by the Attorney General Tommy Thomas on Rafizi and Sosma are most welcome and appropriate,” he said.

“We must be mindful of increasing public impatience at the pace of change to keep in line with the promises in Buku Harapan,” he said.

He added that the PH Government must step up on its implementation of the promises in the new year of 2020.

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