Pakatan affirms sweeping reforms

By Beh Kay Hieng, Jaynne Koh and Suganya Lingan, Free Malaysia Today

One thousand five hundred delegates from PAS, DAP and Parti Keadilan  Rakyat converged at the MBSA auditorium here this morning to adopt the Common Policy Framework for  Pakatan Rakyat’s journey to Putrajaya.

Proceeding the debate on the Common Policy Framework, PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim set the pace for the convention with a loud call to Malaysians to wipe out the Umno-… “Ketuanan Melayu” concept and replace it with “Ketuanan Rakyat.”

Pushing the “Ketuanan Rakyat” agenda , he went on to quote American civil rights leader Martin Luther King call for democracy  where a nation and  her people are not measured by the colour of their skin, but the content of their character.

Anwar said the Barisan National had failed to realise that the people have become more aware of their rights and misdeeds perpetuated by the the ruling front. 

He paid tribute to the young generation whom he said formed the thrust of PKR’s move mentpremo and the women who …

Next at the podium was DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng whose fiery speech and direct digs at Barisan National’s many lop-sided policies and human rights guffaws got the delegates cheering.

“ We want a country that is fair to all Malaysians in its economic policies and in providing social benefits,” he said

Lim said the Pakatan coalition was  different from Barisan because BN leaders “fight for themselves but we are fighting for everyone … including a generation yet to be borne..”.