Phase 1 Step 2 of the 52% Strike Back : Dear Pakatan

Posted on December 12, 2014


many-colours-one-dreamB034f_malMaria Chin Abdullah of Bersih 2.0 has come out and publicly said to Pakatan Rakyat : No  seat increase.

Tindak Malaysia has publicly said the same.

You and I have written to our MPs to tell  them to vote down any bill in parliament that seeks to increase the number of parliamentary seats from the present 222.

That was step 1 of Phase 1.

And, as I promised to you, I have, this week, sent a memorandum to the 3 Pakatan parties to say the same.

That was step 2 of Phase 1.

We don’t want them to assent to a seat increase.

We have noted their public response to both Bersih 2.0 and Tindak Malaysia, that they will consider any of the proposals from the Election Commission and will only accept them if they will lead to a more equitable distribution. In this regard, I have asked that they engage Bersih 2.0, Tindak Malaysia and ABU before they make any decision to accept any of the proposals by the Election Commission.

I also noted that rumours had abounded for some time now that that some opposition MPs were already in negotiations with BN and the EC to ‘share’ these additional seats. Such collaboration would, in our view, amount to a betrayal of the majority of voters who wish to see a regime change in Putrajaya, given that any parliamentary seat increase would be, as have been pointed out by Bersih 2.0 and Tindak Malaysia, favourable to Barisan Nasional.

I have reminded them that their wins in GE13 were not entirely their own effort and would not have been possible without the backing of the rakyat and without civil society organisations campaigning on their behalf throughout the country.

The memorandum, in pdf, is linked below.

The ball is in the court of Pakatan Rakyat.

ABU memo to PR