Friday, August 7

‘Tindak Malaysia’ challenges Election Commission, PSC to public debate


KUCHING: A civil society movement Tindak Malaysia has challenged the Election Commission (EC) and Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to a public debate on electoral reforms.

The proposed date for the debate on “how clean is the electoral roll” is April 20, 21 or 22.

In a press statement here yesterday, Tindak Malaysia founder Wong Piang Yow said over 100 proposals on how to improve the electoral process to safeguard the interest of voters’ rights have been submitted.

“It is time that both the EC and PSC debate with concerned members of the public (Tindak Malaysia) on this important topic which, if broadcast live on RTM will allow Malaysians from all walks of life to decide on the commitment of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s administration in cleaning up the electoral roll.

“We are prepared to even debate in Bahasa Malaysia.”

Wong said the debate would address key issues such as redelineation and a more even seat size in the Federal Constitution, preparation of the electoral roll and conduct of elections under the election laws and regulations.

He claimed that Tindak Malaysia had done a lot of groundwork on electoral reforms, but very few of its recommendations to the PSC had been adopted.

He also condemned the PSC report saying that nearly 90 per cent of the recommendations either had no timelines or were set to timelines past the 13th general election.

“Although we are not funded by any political parties or organisations, trainers from Tindak Malaysia have travelled throughout the country to conduct voter education programmes.”

He urged members of the public to sign up for the next “voter education” session on its website

Tindak Malaysia, together with the Bersih 2.0 steering committee, recently submitted a list of proposed amendments to the electoral laws and regulations to the PSC.