PENANG, 8 April 2009: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is urging Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to adopt six reform measures in order to make the “One Malaysia, People First and Performance Now” concept work.
Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said Najib must first ban racial-based political parties that restrict membership to one race, such as Umno for the Malay Malaysians, MCA for Chinese Malaysians and MIC for Indian Malaysians.
“Political parties must be open to all races,” he said in a statement issued here today.
He also hoped that Najib would walk the talk on human rights and liberties by abolishing and not review the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“The third is abolishing the Sedition Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act to build an independent press, establish freedom of information and build a democracy responsive to the people’s needs,” he said.
Lim said Najib must also renew the commitment to fight corruption, “which means that Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who was found guilty of money politics by the Umno disciplinary board, should be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission”.
His proposed fifth reform measure is for Najib to reduce electricity tariffs, stop the gas subsidy to the independent power producers and stop toll increase by buying over the highways to help ordinary Malaysians.
The final reform measure is to institutionalize democracy and return power to the people by agreeing to the dissolution of the Perak state assembly.
“The prime minister must boldly admit that it was wrong to effect a change in the state government through unconstitutional methods and not through elections,” he said. — Bernama