Groups warns of 'largest mobilisation of rakyat' if polls held before reforms


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Nov 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: A new coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Saturday warned it would organise the "largest mobilisation of the rakyat" the country has ever seen if the Government proceeds to call for snap polls without implementing electoral reforms.

The yet-to-be-named coalition said it was concerned over speculation and alleged "inside information" claiming that a snap general election would be called as soon as next month.

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairman and PKR leader Badrul Hisham Shaharin, also known as Chegubard, said the public expected the Government to live up to its promise of implementing "serious reforms" in Malaysia's electoral system.

"It does not matter who gave us the information. What is more important is that the general election must not be called without total reform that can convince the people they will have free and fair elections," he said at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here.

Others present were Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim, P Jenapala of the Indian Justice Party, Parti Rakyat Malaysia representative Dr Rohana Ariffin and Devadas Silvaraju from the League of Unemployed Graduates.

Haris claimed they had received "credible information" that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak was "intent" on dissolving Parliament on Nov 11 to make way for polls on Dec 10.

He said if the Government did not want to suffer a public backlash, Najib should come out and reassure all Malaysians that polls will not be called until the promised electoral reforms were in place.

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