‘Back-door government’ is undemocratic, a betrayal of voters

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We, the undersigned civil society organisations, are extremely distressed by the break-up of the elected Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition that was voted in at the 9 May 2018 general election through the departure of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and the defection of 11 Parti Keadilan Rakyat members of Parliament.

We view the attempted formation of a ‘back-door’ government as undemocratic and a betrayal of voters who voted for change. The Rakyat voted for Pakatan Harapan and its coalition parties based on their promises and policies in their respective manifestos.

Such reconfiguration of the component parties mid-term through the shifting of alliances and defections has nullified the election manifesto of PH, the Buku Harapan.

As voters, we are utterly disgusted by such political machinations by both the government and opposition MPs who defy democratic norms of responsible party politics.

Parties are to compete with each other to offer the Rakyat meaningful choices, not to sabotage each other after elections and form a government that the people did not vote for at the general election.

We demand the following actions be taken:

All PH MPs who won on the PH ticket but have changed alliance to resign immediately as they no longer have the mandate of the Rakyat.

Failing which, we call for a dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections to be held to seek a fresh mandate from the Rakyat. We urge the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to give his consent for such a dissolution.

We call on all citizens to voice out their anger and disappointment and make the two demands together with civil society at this betrayal and abandonment of the mandate given to the PH government. They could express this through social media, writing to their MPs and even organise peaceful assemblies wherever they are.

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The formation of any back-door government must not be tolerated and cannot go down without any form of protest.

Bersih 2.0, as the lead issuer of this statement, will call for Bersih 6 if our above two demands are not met.

Statement jointly issued by:

  1. Bersih 2.0
  2. Kryss Network
  3. Monsoon Malaysia
  4. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
  5. Amnesty International Malaysia
  6. Persatuan Ikram
  7. Tindak Malaysia
  8. Tenaganita
  9. Global Bersih
  10. Action for Justice and Unity Foundation (Maju)
  11. Engage
  12. Gerak
  13. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)
  14. All Women’s Action Society (Awam)
  15. Gerakan Pembebasan Akademik (GPA)
  16. TI Malaysia
  17. Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim)
  18. Asylum Access Malaysia
  19. IDC
  20. Article 19
  21. Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  22. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth (KLSCAH Youth)
  23. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita
  24. Foreign Spouses Support Group (FSSG)
  25. Freedom Film Fest Network (FFN)
  26. North South Initiative (NSI)
  27. Sisters in Islam
  28. Empower
  29. Umany
  30. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
  31. Community Action Network (CAN)
  32. Pusat Komas
  33. Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4)
  34. Patriot
  35. LLG Cultural Development Centre
  36. Baram Kini
  37. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
  38. Movement For Change, Sarawak (MoCS)
  39. Oriental Hearts and Minds Study Institute (OHMSI)
  40. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)
  41. MyPJ
  42. Our Journey
  43. Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos)
  44. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
  45. Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)
  46. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
  47. Aliran

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
25 Feb 2020 10.23am

If ‘Back door’ government is undemocratic and a betrayal of voters’ then
how would one describe
‘GOVERNMENTS BASED ON ELECTED REPS JUMPING FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER’ especeially when THE JUMP MAY BE PERCEIVED TO BE HAVE BEEN DUE TO MONETORY CONSIDERATIONS AS THERE MAY BE A HIGH PRICE FOR ‘JUMPING’?