PAS: We will not waver from pursuing polls reforms

(Harakah Daily) – PAS leaders have reiterated that the party would continue to put pressure on the government to implement all the eight demands for electoral reforms as listed by Bersih 2.0 before the 13th general election.
“To date, none of them has been fulfilled,” said PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang.

Among Bersih’s demands include a total reform of the controversial postal votes, the use of indelible ink and a minimum campaign period of 21 days. It also wants a more inclusive mainstream and broadcast media, reform of public institutions including the police and Attorney General’s Chambers, eradication of corruption and vote buying practices, and a stop to “gutter politics”.

Hadi warned Barisan Nasional not to take the easy way out by carrying out undemocratic practices to win the polls.

“The wave of change cannot be stopped,” he added.

PAS Youth head Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi (left) meanwhile said BN should brace itself for the third phase of Bersih rally if it held elections before fulfilling the eight demands.

“As long as the government fails to fulfill the eight demands by Bersih 2.0, we will not hesitate to mobilise Bersih 3.0 with other NGOs,” Nasrudin told The Malaysian Insider.

He said BN’s refusal to give an undertaking that elections would only be held after the parliamentary select committee (PSC) had completed its work, only showed the ruling coalition’s insecurity over fair polls.

The PSC comprising of both sides of the political divide is currently in its public hearing roadshow to gather opinions from Malaysians, lawmakers and experts on the electoral system.