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Dr. Boo Cheng Hau's Trilingual Blog: SAY WHAT YOU LIKE


Tunku Aziz Should Stay

Posted: 17 May 2012 05:51 AM PDT


Speech by Dr Boo Cheng Hau, DAP Johor Chairman at Bersih 3.0 Sharing Session organised by DAPSY Johor at Cathay 88 Restaurant, Taman Molek, Johor Bahru on 16 May 2012.
Unlike its opponent BN leaders who used to call for "zero opposition"in Johor, as a mature political entity, PR Johor would not want a "zero opposition" if it ever comes into forming  government in Johor. 

In any normal democracy, we need a sustainable opposition to check and balance Government of the day to avoid abuses of power.

Bersih 3.0 is not only a mass social movement to urge the government of the day Barisan Nasional to respect people's right for peaceful assembly and fair elections, but aslo to remind PR that PR would respect human rights and implement a fair election process when we come to power.

It is a dream shared by Malaysians of all walks of life across racial and partisan divides. Notably Malaccan MCA Wanita Chief was threatened with sacking after having participated in Bersih 3.0. Therefore, Bersih inspires all Malaysians.

Even though I disagree with Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim"s view on Bersih 3.0 for causing violence and being illegal, Tunku Aziz is a soft spoken gentleman who always holds honestly to what he believes in. 

Rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of movement should NOT be defined totally by the Government of the day only as provided by our present Federal Constitution.

Our present Federal Constitution gives Government too much power to define what freedom of peaceful assembly and other human rights mean. We need a new constitutional reform to protect human rights regardless of whichever political parties are in power.

The Barisan Nasional, which has been in power since the Independence, should be whole responsbile for all the corruption and abuses caused so far.

Tunku Aziz should have stayed on in the DAP and PR to ensure that PR would uphold the spirit of Bersih to protect human rights and implement good governance when PR comes to power. 

With my brief interaction with Tunku Aziz as the DAP's Central Executive Committee members, we always have fond discussions and debates on various matters. His well articulated views are always appreciated.

I wish he would have stayed on in the DAP and Pakatan to give his views on various matters. He is also a man who respects others' opinion and is also humble enough to rectify his views if proven wrong. 

I am actually sad to see his departure from the fold of the DAP but still wish to discuss and debate with him on various matters if opportunities arise.

We differed on the view of Bersih 3.0  as peaceful civil disobedience beyond legality defined by powers-that-be. Usage of tear gas and chemical laced water canons showed that the Barisan Nasional has no will to change following abolishing the notorious Internal Security Act.

I personally did not  see any violence instigated by the Bersih participants but there was a carnival like mood where participants expressed their views in the form of creative songs, musics and slogans.  The police should have rallied together with the crowds and ensure uninterrupted peaceful assembly than the other way around.

I agree that Tunku Aziz is a man of principle and integrity. His departure and criticism should also make Pakatan Rakyat look more  seriously into our weaknesses. PR  also needs checks and balances within ourselves in regards to our leaders and members integrity. We cannot have double standards as far as integrity and transparency  is concerned.

I was surprised when DAP Johor was attacked to have ill intent to "embarrass top leadership" when its State Convention passed a resolution to require all future candidates to declare their assets. Our members and leaders must live up to the expectation of the public to realize a good and transparent governance. And good and transparent governance must begin from individual leaders' integrity first.

The main purpose of DAP Johor to observe the resolution that future candidates and elected members should declare their assets from time to time is to  deter ourselves from corruption and walk the talk of being transparent in managing our  finances. I hope our collective decision will be respected by everyone who strives for a future good governance. 
柔佛州民主行动党主席巫程豪于2012年5月16日晚,由柔佛州社青团举办,假新山百合花园国泰88餐馆举行的干净选举联盟3.0和平集会分享会上讲辞。

在之前,柔佛州国阵领导人都强调柔佛州要实行"零的反对党",但我相信如果一朝民联执政柔佛州时,作为一个成熟的政治团体,民联不会提倡"零的反对党',相反地,一个成熟的民主制度,我们需要成熟的反对党和执政党互相监视,必须有强大的反对党来监督和平衡,才能有效地牵制政府的滥权。
干净选举联盟是个不分政党的社会运动,它不但提醒国阵尊重人权,进行公平透明的选举过程,也同时提醒民联有朝一日执政时,必须实现诺言保护人权和进行公平选举。这是全体马来西亚人的梦想,干净选举和政府不但是民联的梦想,就连国阵成员也参与,包括马华马六甲妇女组主席,也因为参与干净选举运动,被恐吓开除出国阵。这是个不分种族和政党的全民运动,激发了各阶层人士对民主进步的渴望。

虽然,我不认同东姑阿兹对于干净选举联盟第3波运动造成社会不安和动乱的言论,我必须尊敬他是一位诚实相信自己所云的君子。

根据现有联邦宪法,人民和平集会,言论等自由是由当今的政府来决定自由的程度,因此,宪法赋予政府过大的权力,不论谁当政府,我们必须修改有关宪法条文来维护马来西亚人的基本人权。 

国阵自独立以来执政至今,应该对目前政府贪污和滥权,负起全责。

东姑阿兹理应留在行动党和民联内,继续监督民联遵守此次干净联盟运动的承诺,有朝一日执政,将维护马来西亚人的基本人权,和实现透明清廉的好政府。

在我和东姑阿兹同时是行动党中委的短暂相处,我们常有有趣的对各项课题展开辩论,他能清晰提出的论点的能力,应该受到各方的欣赏和尊敬。他理应继续留在行动党,给与行动党和民联一些宝贵的意见,而他如果被证明言论有误的话,也是民能够接纳改变意见的领袖。

我们虽然对BERSIH 3.0 和合法性以及道德上,对恶法必须持有不合作态度的`看法不一样,但我对他离开行动党感到悲伤,但希望有机会在不同的场合,和他辩论探讨不同课题。
我在当天不但没有看到群众已暴力对待警方,相反地,当天充满嘉年华会的气氛,群众以具有高低创意的歌曲、口号、音乐来表达心声。警方不但不应该以暴力来解散和平集会,更应该确保和平集会顺利进行。

我认同东姑阿兹是个有原则和公信的人物,他的离去也应该让民联自我检讨弱点;民联领袖的公信也需要受到监视,并且不应该对公信度和透明度抱有双重标准。

我对于有人攻击柔佛州行动党代表大会通过议案,要求未来任何中选和与候选人必须呈报个人资产,并认为有关议案目的在"使高层领袖"难堪,这也证明民联本身的领袖和党员,必须提高反贪意识,抚顺于公众对透明和清廉好政府的要求,而透明清廉政府必须从对领袖个人公信度的要求开始。

柔佛州行动党通过的议案目的是警惕未来领袖和候选人,必须远离贪污和透明管理自己财务。我希望各界人士尊重柔佛州民主行动党的有关议案。



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