A fight for clean and fair election remains the single most important fight that any Malaysians should embrace, says Anwar Ibrahim.
The recently concluded 13th General Election was marred with unprecedented electoral fraud.
Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Election Commission have chosen to ignore the wishes of the rakyat at their own peril despite their earlier pronouncements towards free and fair elections. This was despite massive popular support for the cause of clean and fair election.
Pakatan Rakyat won the popular vote by a large margin (50.3 per cent, compared to BN’s 46.8 per cent) confirming the mandate given to us. We won the election. This outcome also highlights that electoral fraud is the only way that BN and Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak can claim victory in the 13th general election.
Therefore, the Election Commission shall be held responsible for being complicit in the worst electoral fraud in our nation’s history. A fight for clean and fair election remains the single most important fight that any Malaysians should embrace. I will devote my time and utmost energy towards working with Bersih and the people of Malaysia to ensure that a newly constituted and independent Election Commission shall be in place as soon as possible to rectify the electoral fraud that has taken place.
Our conscience does not allow us to accept election results conjured through fraud and cheating. My heart is with every Malaysian who does not accept these results. I will work towards a national consensus to question the legitimacy of the BN’s government achieved through such electoral fraud.
The movement for change is unstoppable. The simple demand of the rakyat for a clean and fair election to ensure our elected government is accountable, transparent and incorruptible will continue to echo loudly in spite of the rigged 13th general election.
I shall address the rakyat for the first time post the general election on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 at Kelana Jaya Stadium in Petaling Jaya, Selangor at 8.30pm. Information about the event is here.
I call upon as many Malaysians to join hands and express our rejection and disgust at the unprecedented electoral frauds committed by Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Election Commission.
Anwar Ibrahim leads the People’s Alliance coalition