G25 urges voters to come out in full force
PETALING JAYA: The G25 group of eminent Malays has urged eligible voters to come out in full force and exercise their right to vote on May 9, polling day.
It called on employers to be lenient in granting leave and to provide reasonable assistance for employees to travel to their voting districts.
"Although voting is not compulsory in Malaysia, it is a responsibility which all eligible voters should carry out for the sake of our future as a free, democratic country, with a government that is elected by the people and for the people," the group said in a statement on Sunday (April 15).
The group also called on the Election Commission to fulfil its responsibilities to the best of their abilities to ensure the election is free and fair as this election would be closely watched by the rest of the world.
"The Commission must be strictly professional so that the results will be accepted by the people and recognised internationally as valid," it said, adding that this would help to restore confidence in the future of the country as a stable and mature democracy.
"We, the people, hope and pray that the elections will be free of undesirable incidents so that after the elections are over, the country can put aside the divisive politics to concentrate on building a better future for all Malaysians," it said.
For political parties, the G25 called for clean politics and urged healthy competition when reaching out to the electorate â" without exploiting issues of race and religion.
"Whichever party comes into power, we expect it to carry out the pledges in its campaign manifesto to introduce the various reforms for good governance and rule of law, accompanied by specific measures to strengthen human rights and eliminate all forms of discrimination," it said.
It also called upon the police and the Malaysian Ant i-Corruption Commission (MACC) to ensure that all candidates obey the law in their electoral campaigns.
"The Malaysian elections are entering a new era where the results are getting close between the ruling and opposition parties," it said, adding that this trend should be welcomed as a sign of a healthy democracy.
"We believe that a government with a strong opposition will serve the country better in bringing economic and social justice to the people," it added.
The EC has fixed April 28 as nomination day, May 5 for early voting and May 9 as polling day.Related NewsSource: Google News