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Ooi Kee Beng, author of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman: The Reluctant Politician (Singapore:Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, 2006) says:
“The success of institutional reforms relies on them being carried out quickly, riding on a strong wave of popular support and on the idealism of young people enthused by a reformist leader. Reforms done slowly and cautiously are not reforms; they are merely the tweaking of the status quo. Reforms carried out over a long period of time amount to conservatism.” (see interview with Malik Imitiaz in http://www.malaysia-today.net)
PKR’s first leaflet (above—click )— Anwar Pemimpin Rakyat (Anwar, the People’s Leader)— is now inundating Malaysia. The party has printed one million copies of it, and its workers are distributing it in the knook and cranies of our country.
Party activists, riding on Anwar’s second wave, are beating the UMNO- BN strategy to isolate Anwar from voters and preventing them from listening his voice, ideas and programmes.
The party is printing leaflets on what Anwar has done for the country and what he will do when Keadilan win the elections and forms the government. Prime Minister Badawi is at a decisive disadvantage vis-a-vis Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar Ibrahim’s reform movement which began 1998 is about bold and signficiant mindset shift towards a civil government (kerajaan madani), where both efficiency and equity are in play in a market economy along with strong ethical principles. It is pro-business and foreign direct investment as well as people oriented agenda for change.
The party’s guiding principle is “Justice for All Malaysians” under a constitutional monarch, where the constitution guarantees their fundamental rights to free speech, free assembly, free expression and freedom of worship with Islam as the official religion.
My sense is that the momentum for change which PKR created during 2007 and which is ongoing with greater intensity is unstoppable. Come let us rally around Anwar Ibrahim, the Peoples’ leader and vote for Parti KeADILan in the 12th Elections. We will make the difference for decisive change.—Din Merican