Civil Societies and Selangorians to hold a public rally to pressure the Chief Secretary to declare Khusrin’s appointment null and void

Press release

Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor

Civil Societies and Selangorians to hold a public rally to pressure the Chief Secretary to declare Khusrin’s appointment null and void

Civil society groups and Selangorians have come together to form a Rakyat initiated effort called Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor (HSRS) to demonstrate their disappointment and anger over the appointment of Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new Selangor State Secretary.

This group, formed on January 11, 2011, will soon hold a public rally to pressure the Chief Secretary to the Barisan Nasional federal government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Haji Hassan, to declare Khusrin’s appointment null and void. At least 10,000 people are expected to participate in this public rally.

The Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor public rally details are as follows:

Date:                January 23, 2011 (Sunday)

Time:               4pm to 7pm

Venue:             Kelana Jaya Stadium

Khusrin’s appointment is a culmination of the relentless attempts by the BN federal government to frustrate the Selangor Administration in carrying out their policies and programmes.

The fact is Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim did not receive the recommended list from the Public Services Department. Since this have been revealed, it is only imperative that Sidek declare the appointment of Khusrin as null and void, as due process and convention was not followed.

The Rakyat in Selangor deserves the right to expect their elected Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State Government to provide the best services. By denying the MB the choice of the top civil servant, the Rakyat in Selangor are also denied their rights.

HSRS’s maiden effort in organising this rally is to get the Rakyat to come together to voice their dissatisfaction on the current state of affairs and to show the many instances where the Pakatan Selangor Government policy implementation has been sabotaged by civil servants still loyal to their previous political masters.

At the rally, we will highlight the many instances where local issues for residents could not be resolved due the non-cooperation of the BN federal agencies such as Public Works Department (JKR), police, SYABAS, Social Welfare Department (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarat) and the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

The issues that will be raised include:

  • Deserving individuals and groups not receiving welfare / aids services and allocations;
  • Ignoring measures to relief traffic congestion proposed by civil societies;
  • Abandoned housing projects;
  • Rejection of local government proposal to provide auxiliary police personnel to provide security for Selangorians and reduce crime;
  • Water coupons meant for low-cost flats and high-rise housing not reaching their intended residents; and
  • Arbitrary demolition of traders and hawkers stalls and place of business.

The groups that form Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor are:

  • BERSIH – a coalition comprising civil society organisations and political parties with the objective of campaigning for clean and fair elections in Malaysia.
  • JERIT (Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas) – Oppressed People’s Network
  • SABM (Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia) – a group committed to actualising the spirit and substance of Anak Bangsa Malaysia – “One People, One Nation”
  • CONPAC – Coalition of NGO and Professional Councillors comprising councillors from all 12 local authorities in Selangor who are not members of any political parties and make up 25% of councillors.
  • CGG – The Coalition for Good Governance comprises 55 NGOs involved in a wide spectrum of social justice issues.
  • Malaysians for Teoh Beng Hock – a coalition of 52 groups echoing the call by Teoh’s family for a Royal Commission of Inquiry
  • HAKAM – national human rights organisation
  • GEL – Growing Emerging Leaders consists of a group of young people who study ways to apply leadership and faith-based principles in day-to-day living
  • JIM (Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia) – an Muslim-based group promoting development and peace
  • Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement – a group taking the lead role in realising our forefathers’ aspirations and encouraging the wider participation of civil society in shaping the future of our nation.

For further details, please contact Aloysius Pinto at 016 2778418.

Haris Ibrahim


Malaysian Civil Societies Movement

On behalf of Hormati Suara Rakyat Selangor