JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT BY PERAK PAKATAN RAKYAT LEADERS

Dato’ R. Ganesan is not the Legitimate Speaker of the Perak State Legislative Assembly. Even if he had been legitimately elected, he is now disqualified by virtue of the Perak State Constitution as Dato’ R. Ganesan continues in his profession as an Advocate & Solicitor

We all know that Dato’ R. Ganesan was never properly elected as the Speaker of the Perak State Legislative Assembly at the sitting on 7/5/2009 where the lawful and legitimate Speaker YB V. Sivakumar was illegally and forcibly removed from the State Assembly.

The purported election of Dato’ R. Ganesan by the BN elected representatives holding a sub-assembly within the Assembly was carried out before the opening of the session of the Legislative Assembly i.e before the opening speech of his Royal Highness the Regent of Perak. How can a proceeding or a decision made prior to the commencement of a meeting be valid? Moreover, at the material time the legitimate speaker YB V. Sivakumar was still holding the chair of the Speaker at the State Assembly sitting.

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Political Power Is All About Public Interests Above Private Benefit.

DAP Penang state leaders and members will not seek state awards of titles and medals in this year’s state honours list. Penang DAP will only recommend the state awards and medals to civil servants, NGOs and those actively contributing to society and not to DAP leaders and members who are active politically.

This internal DAP policy was instituted last year to highlight that serving the community is the basis of joining the DAP and not the expectation of rewards of titles or medals. To highlight the difference between DAP and other political parties especially BN, this policy by DAP will be continued to be applied this year. However those DAP members who are also active or serving as leaders in NGOs that serve the community can qualify if they are recommended by NGOs on their basis of community service and not political involvement.

As Penang Chief Minister I wish to record my appreciation to Penang DAP State Chair Sdr Chow Kon Yeow for making this recommendation to the state government for this year’s Governor’s state awards. Clearly this selfless approach by DAP leaders and members conforms with DAP’s credo of public service of “Public Interests above Private Benefit”.

In the one year that DAP has been in the Penang state government, no DAP leaders have approached or harrassed me for state awards, medals or lobbied directly or indirectly to be made the YDP of MPPP or MPSP. I wish to records my gratitude to all DAP members and leaders for making this sacrifice again this year who has made not only the party but all our supporters proud; in realising DAP’s ideals, ideas and principles that political power is not about posts nor about medals/awards but about the placing of public interests over private benefit.

The DAP’s socialist streak (Press Comment by Himanshu Bahtt, The Sun)

Press Comment by theSun’s Penang bureau chief, Himanshu Bhatt on 16 April 2009:

WHEN the Penang government announced late last month that it had eradicated hardcore poverty within its borders, the news raised quite a few eyebrows. It seemed an incredible, if not impossible, task to achieve. On hindsight, however, when one looks at what the Pakatan Rakyat government executed, the solution seems common-sense.

But though it may appear simple, the move was instituted with such impudence and guts it could only come from a political element that is part of the origins and makeup of the DAP – its democratic socialism.

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DAP Reaffirms Support For PR To Establish An Alternative Government That Is Democratic, People-Centric And With An Ethical Leadership

DAP’s commitment towards a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysia is not only an article of faith but a deep conviction in Bangsa Malaysia. DAP is inclusive of all races and religions. We represent the interests and fight for the rights every Malaysian.

In the effort of being representative of all Malaysians, including both Malays and non-Malays, the party is willing to undertake a transformational process that may be painful but necessary. We have no alternative but to grow without compromising our basic principles.

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DAP Postpones National Leadership Retreat For KT By-election

DAP has decided to postpone the annual national leadership political retreat in Selangor slated on 10-11 January 2009 to allow DAP leaders to campaign and assist the PR candidate in the KT by-election. This annual national leadership political retreat is an exclusive conclave for MPs, ADUNs, CEC members and key state leaders to

1. Review past performance, identify mistakes and steps taken to correct them;

2. brain-storm and map out the party’s growth strategies for the new year; and

3. exchange views and interact with distinguished speakers selected from various fields on how to improve the performance of the party.

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DAP Opposes The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill That Does Not Promote Judicial Independence

Excerpt from Speech During Sarawak State Annual Convention

DAP Opposes The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill That Does Not Promote Judicial Independence And Affects The Constitutional Rights Of Sabah And Sarawak In The Appointment Of Judges.

Similarly, DAP opposes the JAC bill that does not promote judicial independence and affects the constitutional rights of Sabah and Sarawak in the appointment of judges, including the Chief Judge of Borneo. The JAC is still a body controlled by the Prime Minister who decides not only appointments of its members but also who to recommend for consideration.

There have been concerns that by establishing a new body that decides on judicial appointments, Sabah and Sarawak’s rights have been affected without due consideration to the constitutional provisions under Article 122B and Article 161E(2)(b). These two articles in the Federal Constitution serves to preserve, protect and promote the rights of Sabah and Sarawak over the appointment, removal and suspension of judges for the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. In other words the rights of Sabah and Sarwawk are not consulted or taken into account as required under the Federal Constitution as agreed to when Sabah and Sarawak joined to form Malaysia in 1963.

The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Bill Should Outlaw Closed Or Negotiated Tenders And Clause 58 Amended Or Removed

Excerpt from Speech During The DAP Sarawak State Annual Convention In Kuching On 14.12.2008.

The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Bill Should Outlaw Closed Or Negotiated Tenders And Clause 58 Amended Or Removed So That The Public Prosecutor or Attorney-General (AG) Can Not Interfere In The Prosecution Of Corruption Cases By The MACC.

The MACC Bill should outlaw closed or negotiated tenders and Clause 58 amended of removed so that the Attorney-General can not interfere in the prosecution of corruption cases by the MACC. Clause 58 states that a prosecution for an offence under the MACC Act “shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Public Prosecutor(AG)”.

DAP opposes clause 58 to establish the MACC Chief Commissioner’s sole powers of the prosecution to ensure MACC’s independence from executive interference and the integrity of its investigations without external influence. Even though DAP is inclined to support the MACC, the removal or amendment of Clause 58 would go a long way towards full and unqualified support from the public.

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DAP Proposes A RM 50 Billion Economic Stimulus Plan To Fight The Recession

Speech During The DAP Sabah State Annual Convention In Kota Kinabalu On 13.12.2008:

DAP proposes a RM 50 billion economic stimulus plan to fight the recession instead of BN’s puny RM 7 billion plan that Malaysians cannot see, can not touch and can not feel. No one knows how this BN RM 7 billion expansionary economic plan is going to help 27 million ordinary Malaysians. What we know is that the few BN cronies will benefit from a failed system that permits financial malpractices and abuses of power.

Malaysia economic growth in the third quarter this year, with a real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.7% compared with 6.3% and 7.1% in the second and first quarter, respectively, is the lowest quarterly growth in three years. The BN government must wake up from its denial mode that Malaysia will not slip into recession following the global financial crisis.

Malaysia must follow China’s aggressive fiscal and monetary measures of both fighting the oncoming economic recession and looking beyond towards economic recovery. China announced the largest economic stimulus plan of USD 586 million over 2 years. However its 30 local governments has announced a larger USD 3.5 billion spending over 5 years. With total USD 4 trillion spent by China, this is almost double its international reserves of USD 2 trillion.

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A New RM 50 Billion Expansionary Economic Plan That Is Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs And Pro-Poor To Fight The Recession And Prepare For A More Prosperous Future.

We meet in a spirit of hope and optimism. For the first time in a generation, it is the BN that appears lost and disillusioned. From marginalised opposition parties, DAP have finally attained our objective of becoming a full partner in government with our allies PKR and PAS in Pakatan Rakyat.

Let me congratulate everyone of you, especially the members who worked tirelessly without any expectations of reward for making history possible. This people’s victory belongs to you, who kept faith in the party during those difficult 42 years.

Malaysia economic growth in the third quarter this year, with a real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.7% compared with 6.3% and 7.1% in the second and first quarter, respectively, is the lowest quarterly growth in three years. The BN government and Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz must take heed of these warning signals and wake up from its denial mode that Malaysia will not slip into recession following the global financial crisis.
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Speech during The Penang DAP State Ordinary Convention

Completing The Economic, Political And Ethical Transformation Of Penang Into An International City That Serves As An Enduring Symbol Of Hope And Optimism For The Nation – That Even During The Bleakest Of Times, People Have Faith In The Future.

We meet in a spirit of hope. For the first time in a generation, it is the BN that appears lost and disillusioned. From marginalised opposition parties, DAP have finally attained our objective of becoming a full partner in government with our allies PKR and PAS in Pakatan Rakyat.

Let me congratulate everyone of you, especially the members who worked tirelessly without any expectations of reward for making history possible. This people’s victory belongs to you. We have won the last general elections for three reasons:-
• Discipline and a shared purpose towards realising our vision of transforming Penang into a dynamic state that leads again based on public integrity, competency and an ethical leadership;
• Intellectual confidence in offering new ideas based on principles, innovations and sound logic; and
• A common purpose of realising a people-centric government that can win over detractors, fence-sitters and skeptics that we can rule as a democracy based on the principles of justice, freedom, truth, social welfare and universal values.

DAP has the ideas, ideals and imagination that has inspired the electorate to vote and gave us and Pakatan Rakyat a resounding 2/3 majority in the last general elections by winning 29 out of 40 seats with DAP winning all our seats and increasing from one to 19 state seats. Our ideas of civil liberties and political equality, ideals of socio-economic justice and equal opportunities and imagination of empowering all through democracy and integrity has captivated and inspired Malaysians especially the young.

In contrast BN, UMNO MCA and Gerakan suffer from AIDs – Acquired Intellectual Ideals, Ideas and Imagination Deficit syndrome. For the past 50 years BN has exploited racial extremism to win votes where only the ruling BN elites from UMNO, MCA and MIC dominate.

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