November 27, 2011
PKR Delegate: Go Forward with BERSIH 3.0
by Aidila Razak@http://www.malaysiakini.com
Debating the president’s policy speech at the PKR congress in Johor, Azmizam Zaman Huri even urged the leadership to call for BERSIH 3.0 to be held as early as next month. “Let’s not entertain the PSC. We know they will not entertain the BERSIH demands…this congress believes that the best path to Putrajaya is to jolt BN….by holding BERSIH 3.0, do you agree?” he asked the delegates to loud agreement.
He said that supporting the PSC is supporting the government’s delay tactics and that holding BERSIH 3.0 later would allow more room for cheating in the months leading up to the general election.
“We must hold it next month. Can we?” he asked the excited delegates during his fiery speech. Pakatan Rakyat has three members on the PSC, including PKR Deputy President and Gombak MP Azmin Ali.
Supporting his case, Azmizam claimed he has evidence of migrants naturalised in droves elsewhere and registered in Kota Raja and Hulu Selangor. “(The BN government) knows that they will go down in the next general election, so they will engage in more cheating. So we need to join BERSIH, clean the electoral roll, use indelible ink, demand fair and free access to media, stop corruption and stop dirty politics,” the PKR Youth Vice-Chief said.
‘No reform, no GE’
Azmizam also invited the delegates, who by then were whipped up into a frenzy, to show their support at an event on electoral reform on December 4.
“We will gather in the Shah Alam Stadium at 8pm on December 4 to send a message to (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) and (wife) Rosmah (Mansor) that we do not want an election before BERSIH’s eight demands (are fulfilled),” he said.
Earlier during the PKR youth congress on Nov 25, the youth wing’s Deputy Chief Khairul Anwar Ahmad Zainuddin in his winding-up speech said BERSIH 3.0 is tentatively scheduled for next February.
“We support BERSIH because we don’t want to enter the battle ring if the ring is not the same size and if the goal posts are shifted,” he said.
The youth wing has also promised street demonstrations if they discover polls are rigged. BERSIH 3.0 is touted to be the follow up – should the government fail to act towards electoral reform – to the BERSIH2.0 mega rally for electoral reform organised by civil society, that saw an estimated turnout of 50,000 in the streets of Kuala Lumpur.