SECOND CSM received @9.00pm:
Electoral reform and the future of Malaysia
The right to free and fair elections is a democratic right to which the people of Malaysia are entitled. The Malaysian people have, in lawful pursuit of this right, exercised and exhausted all means of recourse to petition their government to reform an electoral system that is visibly corrupt and beholden to vested interests and the powers that be.
The rally that is scheduled to take place on November 10th in Kuala Lumpur represents the next step in our campaign to reform the system and safeguard the electoral process from fraud and corruption. Those who attend the rally represent a vanguard of Malaysian society who realise that democracy does not come served on a silver platter.
Our basic right to be governed by people who are just and of sound moral character is a right that sometimes requires great sacrifice and courage in the face of intimidation and adversity.
I commend the organizers of the rally for their leadership and visionary thinking in bringing this event to fruition. I also applaud the thousands who are traveling to our nation's capital to exercise their democratic right to peaceful assembly and free expression.
Our nation has reached a crossroads. To continue along the current trajectory is to ensure our continued decline and to rob us of our dignity as a people. The legacy of our founding fathers urges us to change and to reclaim the values upon which the nation was founded - unity, equity and justice.
The generations who follow ours will look back in history and glorify those patriots who were steadfast on November 10th to reclaim the rights that have been usurped from us all. I therefore urge all Malaysians of conscience, irrespective of race, national origin, religion or political affiliation to join this movement and to appear on Saturday in Merdeka Square. Let us work together for a better Malaysia.
Friday, November 09, 2007
CSM from the Desk of Anwar Ibrahim
I just received the latest news break regarding the ongoing Lingam video tape saga from mGf Sdr Din Merican, so follows another Community Service Message; I do hope I get onto the Tonneeship list when I approach 90: