Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Concrete Aspirations of All Ethnic Communities - "Malaysian Civil Society GE13 Demands" (Updated on 8 Mar)

The Concrete Aspirations of 
All Ethnic Communities —
"Malaysian Civil Society 
GE13 Demands"
(Updated photo and description on 8 Mar 2013, 10pm)

Statement issued by
Sahabat Rakyat Johore Working Committee
6 Mar 2013

Comic: Dump BN Into the Dustbin of History!     Comic By: Nythan

The following is a 5-point statement issued by Sahabat Rakyat Johore Working Committee on the release of the "Malaysian Civil Society GE13 Demands" ("20-point GE13 Demands") by the Malaysian NGOs on 6 Mar 2013:

1. Since its inception in 2001, Sahabat Rakyat Johore Working Committee, as a grassroots organization under the banner of SUARAM, has been actively striving for democracy and human rights in Johor for the past 12 years. Today, we have freed ourselves from the fetters and bondage of Western democracy and human rights organization. We will pursue the theoretical construction for the promotion and realization of genuine democracy and human rights policy in our country. We have on our own volition decided to participate in the promotion of the "20-point GE13 Demands". We will work together with like-minded fellow-countrymen for realizing the common goal of the "20-point GE13 Demands".

2. The "20-point GE13 Demands" represent the strong aspirations and concrete demands of all ethnic groups in the context of current political, economic, social and cultural conditions in Malaysia. This has been another "agenda for reforms" proposed by non-partisan civil society for the imminent crucial election, since the introduction of a working agenda of "Racial Eyesores on the Malaysian Landscape" in 2001. These demands are for fairness, justice, equality and democracy. It is hoped that such document will be endorsed by all democratic political parties and independent candidates.

3. The "20-point GE13 Demands" were drawn up by Dr. Kua Kia Soong in the second half of 2012. They were then deliberated upon and perfected by the NGOs based on democratic principles. The concrete demands cover far and wide the various aspects of life.

The document may be regarded as a "working programme" by civil society and democrats for the next 20 to 30 years. Civil society regards this as General Election Demands for the purpose of expressing the common desire of all ethnic communities to struggle and challenge the UMNO racist hegemonic domination. The release of "20-point GE13 Demands" also reflects the expectations and aspirations of all ethnic communities for democracy and just rule, which will be brought about by a regime change.

4. We are of the view that, at this critical moment of impending GE13, the populace must unite, regardless of colour, class, political party or religion. They should not entertain any illusion about BN and its component parties, and be prepared to dump BN into the dustbin of history!

Civil society represents the interests of the people from all walks of life. At this critical juncture when the people are rising up, calling for a change of regime, the misleading slogan of "transcending political parties, but not transcending politics" or "campaigning for the people only, but not for any political party" should be totally discarded. We should throw in our lot with the masses, struggling for "strengthening the opposition parties, moving towards a two-front system", giving expression to the saying that "water can float a boat, and it can also capsize it".

5. Sahabat Rakyat Johor Working Committee endorses the "20-point GE13 Demands". It has now become our working programme for democracy and human rights movement. We look upon this document as the continuation and further development of our 2001 working programme, namely, "Racial Eyesores on the Malaysian Landscape".

With a view to making some contributions towards the imminent GE13 election campaign, Sahabat Rakyat Working Committee Johor (formerly known as Friends of Suaram Working Committee Johor) together with Hindus' Rights Action Force Johor (Hindraf Johor) jointly released the "Letter from Johore NGOs to the Johore people" on 19 October last year, in accordance with the spirit of  "20-point GE13 Demands" in the light of concrete conditions of the State of Johore. The clarion call is "Unite! People of Johore, Realize 3 Pressing Demands; Smash UMNO Hegemony, Form a Democratic United Front". We shall join forces with all democratic political parties, organizations and the masses in this endeavour.

Sahabat Rakyat Johore Working Committee delegated Lee Chen Feng to attend a press conference of releasing the "Malaysian Civil Society GE13 Demands" in KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) today. During the open discussion session, he read out the full text of our "5-point Statement". He was interfered unexpectedly and stopped from continue reading when he came to the third point. He was forced to pull-back. In spite of this, the full text of the “5-point statement” was sent to media via email thereafter.


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人民之友 对我国第14届大选意见书
(华 巫 英)3种语文已先后贴出

作为坚守“独立自主”和“与民同在”的立场的一个民间组织,人民之友在今年9月24日对即将来临的第14届全国大选投票,发表了一篇以华文书写的“意见书”,题为:投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!

这篇意见书的英文译稿(标题是:Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!)已于10月22日张贴在本部落格。马来文译稿(标题是:Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!)也已接着在11月13日在此贴出。



Pandangan Sahabat Rakyat terhadap PRU14 telah diterbitkan dalam tiga bahasa (Melayu, Cina dan Inggeris)

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa! " (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)dalam Bahasa Cina pada 24hb September 2017.

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut yang bertajuk Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”! telah diterbitkan dalam blog kita pada 22hb Oktober 2017 manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu telah diterbitkan pada 13hb November 2017.

Selain daripada itu, Sahabat Rakyat juga akan menyebarkan kenyataan ini seluas mungkin kepada pertubuhan dan individu semua bangsa, strata, profesyen dan agama seluruh Negara melalui email, wechat, whatsApp dan pelbagai saluran lain. Kami amat mengalu-alukan pertubuhan dan individu yang berpendirian dan pandangan sama dengan kami untuk turut menyebarkan kenyataan ini kepada lebih ramai orang!

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun amalan masa depan.

The Chinese, English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about GE14 have been published consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, on 24 September 2017, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!” (投票支持"反对国家伊斯兰化的候选人": 反对巫统霸权统治!莫让马哈迪帮派"复辟"!)

The English rendition of this statement entitled "Vote for “candidates who are against State Islamisation”: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent “the return to power of Mahathir’s faction”!" and the Malay rendition entitled "Undilah "calon yang membantah pengislaman negara": Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Mencegah puak Mahathir kembali kepada kuasa!" had been released on 22 October and 13 November respectively.

Apart from that, Sahabat Rakyat will also make every effort to disseminate this statement as widely as possible to organizations and individuals of all ethnic groups, religions and all walks of life throughout the country via email, WeChat, WhatsApp and other channels. We welcome organizations and individuals with the same position and views to spread this statement to more people!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the upcoming General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicity and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the 14th General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

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