66 NGOs press for fresh elections in Perak

source:http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/99068

chinese version: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/99014

Andrew Ong | Feb 25, 09 4:29pm

Fresh polls in Perak is the only proper and democratic solution to the current political impasse which has crippled the state, said 66 civil society groups in a joint statement today.

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nizar jamaluddin dr zambry abdul kadir perakThe groups argued that the current method used to oust the Pakatan Rakyat state government, did not adopt democratic practices such as moving a no-confidence vote against Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin in the state assembly.

The joint statement further states that arbitrary withholding of royal consent for the dissolution of the state assembly, without proper justification, was also damaging to the country’s separation of powers between the monarchy and the state.

“To oust a government, a vote of no-confidence must be carried out on the floor of Parliament or State Legislative Assembly where debates and deliberation may take place.

“Whether or not permissible by the letter of law, audience with the ruler or statutory declarations cannot be the substitute for a formal no-confidence vote,” read the joint statement.

As a no-confidence vote has not been passed in the state assembly, the 66 groups hold that Mohd Nizar is still the legitimate menteri besar of Perak.

Affirm parliamentary democracy

The groups added that the appointment of the second state government was ultra-vires (beyond legal powers) and the use of the police and other state apparatus to protect the new government damages both parliamentary democracy and the constitutional monarchy in Perak.

“We call upon all Malaysians to express support to the above position to affirm parliamentary democracy and the constitutional monarchy.

“We must work together so that good sense may prevail in the palace, amongst the political elites and the general public.

“Returning to democratic and constitutional principles is the only way out to ensure political stability and political will to stay focused and deal with the imminent economic recession,” concluded the joint statement.

Among the 66 signatories are All Women’s Action Society (Awam), Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall civil rights committee and Selangor Malaysian Indians Association (Mindas).

Organizations that endorse:

1.    Academic of Tamil Study
2.    Alaigal
3.    All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
4.    Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
5.    Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
6.    CHILD Malaysia
7.    Citizen Think Tank
8.    Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section
9.    Civil Society Initiative (CSI)
10.    Club Bell Belia Tamil
11.    Coaliation Against Water Privatisation (CAWP)
12.    Community Development Centre (CDC)
13.    Federation of Indian NGOs
14.    Gabungan Anak Muda & pelajar, JERIT
15.    Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-malaysia 全国回教学生联盟(GAMIS)
16.    Gabungan Pekerja Kilang & Kesatuan Beranang
17.    Gabungan Pekerja Kilang dan Kesatuan, JERIT
18.    Gabungan Pekerja Kilang, Perak
19.    Gabungan Peneroka Bandar & Perumahan, JERIT
20.    Gabungan Rakyat Membantah US-Malaysia FTA
21.    Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju NEC 新纪元前进阵线
22.    Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju UPM 博大前进阵线
23.    Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju USM 理大前进阵线
24.    Gerakan Mahasiswa Maju UUM 北大前进阵线
25.    Gerakan Mahasiswa Mansuhkan AUKU 废除大专法令联盟(GMMA)
26.    Groups of Concern Citizen
27.    Hindu Youth Organiszation
28.    Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
29.    Kesatuan Mahasiswa NEC 新纪元学生会
30.    Kumpulan Aktivis Mahasiswa Independent UKM (KAMI) 国大独立大专学运组织
31.    Letchumi Pooja Thiana Mandram
32.    LLG Cultural Development Centre
33.    Malaysia Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)
34.    Melaka Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section
35.    Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
36.    Penang Watch
37.    Persatuan Bahasa Cina UUM 北大华文学会
38.    Persatuan Bahasa Tiong Hua USM 理大华文学会
39.    Persatuan I-Ching Malaysia
40.    Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
41.    Persatuan Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS)
42.    Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
43.    Persatuan Sahabat Wanita, Selangor (PSWS)
44.    Persatuan Semparuthi
45.    Persatuan Siswazah Lihua, Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor
46.    Persatuan Teo Chew Selangor & Kuala Lumpur – Youth Section
47.    Persatuan Thiruvalluvar Mandram Port Klang
48.    Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM)
49.    Pro-Mahasiswa National 全国亲学生阵线(PMN)
50.    Save Our Selves (SOS) Penang
51.    Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group
52.    Selangor & F.T. Shing An Association Youth Section
53.    Selangor Hokkien Association Youth Section
54.    Selangor Malaysian Indian Associations (MINDAS)
55.    Serdang Bharu School Alumni Youth Section
56.    Sinui Pai Nanek Sesnzik (SPNS)
57.    Solidarity Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)
58.    Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
59.    Subang Jaya Samirithi
60.    Tamil foundation
61.    Tenaganita
62.    The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall – Youth Section
63.    UM Association New Youth 马大新青年协会 (UMANY)
64.    Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
65.    Writers Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)
66.    Youth for Change (Y4C)

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