PETALING JAYA: Veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has set up a non-government organisation (NGO) which he claims is to revive the true spirit of independence as envisioned by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Father of Independence.
The organisation called Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), which will be launched tomorrow, aims to propagate Tunku's core Merdeka address which called for sincerity among races.
Razaleigh, the founding president, said the setting up of such an NGO was to revive the legacy, promise and ideals of Bapa Malaysia and the Founding Fathers to promote a just, fair, progressive, united and happy multi-racial Malaysia.
He claimed that the NGO, which is open to Malaysians across racial and political divides, was set up to check divisive partisan politics and regressive petty politicking.
Razaleigh, the founding president of Amanah, will unveil the names of eight deputies from various political parties during its launching.
The NGO aims to ensure national institutions respect and uphold the rule of law, democratic principles, rights, and universal values.
The NGO will also support a government and administration that is transparent, accountable, truly competent, efficient, free of corruption and cronyism, clean and honest, as well as fair and trustworthy.
Amanah central committee member Wan Saiful Wan Jan said it would also support an economic policy that would help achieve and sustain a high standard of living based on principles of justice, fairness and balance.
“We need to work together to promote a better Malaysia. We cannot afford to be divided along the partisan line.
“Currently, both the ruling Government and the Opposition are playing up petty issues that are counter-productive for the rakyat,” said Wan Saiful.