PETALING JAYA, 6 Nov 2009: The public’s response to programmes by Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) has been more encouraging than from political parties, a SABM core group member said.
Jayanath Appudurai said “grassroots response has been very encouraging” to previous public activities organised by SABM.
However, in a recent attempt to engage political parties on the SABM charter, only representatives from three political parties turned up, out of 22 parties that were invited.
They were PAS, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), and the recently-launched Human Rights Party.
Expressing disappointment, Jayanath, however, said that SABM had a good dialogue with the three political parties. “They have agreed to work with us to promote our charter,” he said in a phone interview today.
The SABM charter was launched on 16 Sept 2009 and upholds the ideals of a constitutional democracy where all citizens are “first and foremost Malaysians”. The movement has been described as “non-partisan”.
Apart from the political parties, SABM has also held dialogue with its partners to promote the charter.
Additionally, SABM is kicking off a nationwide roadshow in Penang on 15 Nov.
“As we gain momentum, we hope the other [political] parties will join in our effort,” Jayanath said.
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