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Sunday, 31 December 2023 09:54

A Joint 2024 New Year Message



In 2024, let us affirm Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary Democracy, Federalism, and the Rule of Law


Year 2024 will witness the continuity of the era of poly-crises, in which the well-being of every Malaysian and the nation as a whole would be much affected by global factors, from geo-political conflicts in Eastern Europe, Middle East and East Asia, global warming, other destructions of nature, to job loss and replacement caused by Artificial Intelligence and other technological advancements.


Before such global challenges, Malaysians must realise that we are not enemies to each other. In fact, we should remember that crises can call out the best in us. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysians helped each other selflessly in the “kita jaga kita” spirit, regardless of ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.


As the Malay proverb goes, ‘to win a shouting match only to lose the village’ (menang sorak kampung tergadai), such victory is pyrrhic. If we fail to prepare ourselves to turn adversities into opportunities, all would be losers. Whoever forms the next Government would inherit a lethargic economy and discontented population.


While we may compete with each other, as individuals or various groupings, our destinies are bound to each other. When pandemics, natural disasters and economic volatility hit us, no single community is safe. We sink or swim together.


This stark reality calls for political reconciliation and democratic stability so that we can stand by each other before the colossal global challenges that we are facing.


We urge all institutions, organisations and individuals that love Malaysia to work together towards the affirmation of the ideals below, which are originally enshrined in the Federal Constitution and espoused by the Rukun Negara,


1. Constitutional Monarchy, in which all Rulers stay above politics and leave governance to elected leaders, such that the royal institutions would not be tainted by controversies or polemics and can unite all Malaysians or citizens of their respective states across socio-political differences.


2. Parliamentary Democracy, in which the power of the Executive is unequivocally derived from the confidence of the majority of parliamentarians (who are organised through political parties as aggregators of political aspirations and preferences), and scrutinised, checked and balanced by both Opposition parliamentarians and government backbenchers through select committees, plenary debates and parliamentary questions.


3. Federalism, in which powers are meaningfully dispersed between the Federal, Regional/State and Local Governments, to ensure the right balance between uniformity and autonomy, equity and competition for the regions and states, and that the local authorities are accountable and responsive to the residents.


4. The Rule of Law, in which laws are enacted to protect basic human rights and advance the well-beings of citizens and residents, not for public authorities to arbitrarily control and silence the population, and effectively applied to all including government leaders, without selective prosecution or impunity, to avoid the cynical notion that “one is innocent until one loses power, and one may regain innocence when one regains power”.


To these ends, we call upon the government and the opposition parties to negotiate a package of political reforms for the remaining term of the 15th Parliament until 18 December 2027, which should include the following:


• Political Stability: A Fixed Term Parliament Act and a confirmatory vote of confidence for every new Prime Minister after his/her appointment under Article 40(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution;


Strengthening of Parliament/State Legislative Assemblies and Political Parties: Parliamentary Services Act, more parliamentary select committees, non-governmental business time, recognition of shadow cabinet/Executive Council, law for equitable Constituency Development Fund (CDF), a Political Financing Act which enables public funding of political parties, and an independent Election Commission answerable to Parliament;


• The Rule of Law: Separation of the functions of Public Prosecution from the Attorney General Chambers (AGC), enhancing the independence of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the impartiality of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM);


• Decentralisation: A “whole of Malaysia” conversation between the Federal Government, the Regional Governments of Sabah and Sarawak, and the 11 State Governments in the Peninsular Malaysia, to have a comprehensively and carefully planned decentralisation roadmap, with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) being the main pillar and central guiding document.


Instead of waiting for either side to reach out to the others, we call upon both the Government and the Opposition to invite the President of the Senate Tan Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Tan Sri Johari Abdul to act as impartial mediators.


Malaysia belongs to all of us. We call upon all Malaysians, including actors in civil society and the private sector, to support this humble new year call for stability and accountability.


This statement is Initiated by Project - Stability and Accountability for Malaysia (Projek SAMA) the latest initiative to advocate for institutional reforms within a bigger narrative of political stability and accountability as our common aspirations at a time our nation steers through democratisation into the uncharted waters of hung parliament and coalition governments. In Malaysia, we share the common destiny. Ngeow Chow Ying serves as its convenor


This Message was endorsed by 33 CSOs & 51 Individuals. Please see link below for Full List

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/691701


Utusan Tahun Baharu Bersama 2024


Pada tahun 2024, marilah kita memperkasakan institusi Raja Berperlembagaan, Demokrasi Berparlimen, Federalisme, dan Kedaulatan Undang-undang


Tahun 2024 akan kita saksikan penerusan era aneka-krisis di mana kesejahteraan setiap rakyat Malaysia dan negara secara keseluruhan akan terkesan dengan faktor sejagat, daripada konflik geo-politik di Eropah Timur, Timur Tengah malah di Asia Timur, pemanasan sejagat, kemusnahan alam yang lain, kehilangan dan penggantian pekerjaan yang disebabkan oleh Kecerdasan Buatan (AI) dan kemajuan teknologi lain.


Berhadapan dengan sejagat global sebegini, rakyat Malaysia harus sedar bahawa kita bukan musuh antara satu sama lain. Malah, krisis boleh mencungkil sesuatu yang terbaik dalam diri kita. Semasa pandemik Covid-19, rakyat Malaysia membantu satu sama lain tanpa mementingkan diri dalam semangat “kita jaga kita”, tanpa mengira etnik, agama atau afiliasi politik.


Bak kata pepatah Melayu, “menang sorak kampung tergadai”, kemenangan sebegitu adalah kemenangan kosong. Jika kita gagal mempersiapsargakan diri untuk mengubah dugaan menjadi peluang, semuanya akan rugi. Sesiapa yang membentuk Kerajaan seterusnya akan mewarisi ekonomi yang lesu dan Rakyat yang tidak berpuas hati.


Walaupun kita mungkin bersaing antara satu sama lain, sebagai individu atau dalam pelbagai kumpulan, nasib kita terikat antara satu sama lain. Apabila wabak, bencana alam dan ketidaktentuan ekonomi melanda kita, tiada satu komuniti pun yang selamat. Kita tenggelam atau berenang bersama.


Realiti yang genting ini memanggil perdamaian politik dan kestabilan bersifat demokratik supaya kita dapat berganding bahu menghadapi cabaran sejagat yang sengit.


Kami menyeru semua institusi, organisasi dan individu yang cintakan Malaysia untuk bekerjasama ke arah penegasan cita-cita yang berikut, yang asalnya termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan terus didukung dalam Rukun Negara,


1. Raja Berperlembagaan, di mana semua Raja-Raja berkedudukan mulia, melangkaui sempadan politik dan menyerahkan tadbir urus Negara kepada pemimpin yang dipilih rakyat, supaya institusi Diraja tidak dinodai kontroversi atau polemik dan berperanan menyatukan semua rakyat Malaysia dan rakyat negeri masing-masing merentasi perbezaan sosio-politik.


2. Demokrasi Berparlimen, di mana kuasa Eksekutif berasaskan keyakinan majoriti daripada ahli parlimen (yang membentuk parti politik sebagai penjumlah/pengaggregat a spirasi dan keutamaan politik), dan dipantau, disemak dan diimbangi oleh ahli parlimen Pembangkang dan ahli parlimen barisan belakang kerajaan (government backbenchers), melalui jawatankuasa pilihan, perbahasan dan persoalan di dewan parlimen.


3. Federalisme, di mana kuasa diagihkan secara bermakna antara Kerajaankerajaan Persekutuan, Wilayah/Negeri dan Tempatan, untuk memastikan keseimbangan yang betul antara keseragaman dan autonomi, ekuiti/kesaksamaan dan persaingan antara wilayah/negeri, dan bahawa pihak berkuasa tempatan bertanggungjawab dan responsif terhadap penduduk tempatan.


4. Kedaulatan undang-undang, di mana undang-undang digubal untuk melindungi hak asasi manusia dan memajukan kesejahteraan rakyat dan penduduk, bukan untuk pihak berkuasa sewenang-wenangnya mengawal dan memdiamkan Rakyat, dan undang-undang digunapakai secara berkesan kepada semua termasuk pemimpin kerajaan, tanpa pendakwaan terpilih atau impunitas, untuk mengelakkan tanggapan sinis bahawa "seseorang tidak bersalah sehingga kehilangan kuasa, dan seseorang mungkin tidak bersalah apabila mendapat semula kuasa".


Untuk tujuan-tujuan ini, kami menyeru parti-parti kerajaan dan pembangkang untuk merundingkan satu persetujuan pembaharuan politik bagi baki penggal Parlimen ke-15 sehingga 18 Disember 2027, yang merangkumi perkara berikut:


Kestabilan Politik Menggubal Akta Parlimen Berpenggal Tetap dan Undi Kepercyaan Pengesahan bagi setiap Perdana Menteri baharu selepas pelantikannya di bawah Perkara 40(2)(a) Perlembagaan Persekutuan;


Pengukuhan Parlimen/Dewan-Dewan Undangan Negeri dan Parti-parti Politik: Menggubal Akta Perkhidmatan Parlimen, menambahkan jawatankuasa pilihan parlimen, menetapkan masa untuk urusan bukan kerajaan, mengiktiraf kabinet bayangan/Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (EXCO) bayangan, menggubal undangundang untuk Dana Pembangunan Kawasan (CDF) yang saksama, Akta Pembiayaan Politik yang membolehkan pembiayaan awam kepada parti politik, dan mereformasikan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya supaya ia bebas dan bertanggungjawab kepada Parlimen;


• Kedaulatan Undang-undang: Mengasingkan fungsi Pendakwaraya daripada Jabatan Peguam Negara (AGC), meningkatkan kebebasan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan keberkecualian Polis diRaja Malaysia (PDRM);


• Desentralisasi: Menggalakkan perbincangan "seluruh Malaysia" antara Kerajaan Persekutuan, Kerajaan-kerajaan Wilayah Sabah dan Sarawak, dan 11 Kerajaan Negeri di Semenanjung Malaysia, untuk menyediakan pelan hala tuju desentralisasi yang dirancang secara menyeluruh dan teliti, dengan Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) sebagai tunggak utama dan dokumen pemandu pusat.


Daripada menunggu satu pihak untuk menghubungi pihak lain, kami menyeru Kerajaan dan Pembangkang untuk menjemput Yang Dipertua Dewan Negara Tan Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar dan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Johari Abdul untuk bertindak sebagai pengantara yang tidak berat sebelah untuk tujuan ini.


Malaysia milik kita semua. Kami jemput semua rakyat Malaysia, termasuk aktivis dalam masyarakat sivil dan sektor swasta, untuk menyokong seruan tahun baharu yang sederhana ini untuk kestabilan dan akauntabiliti.


Kenyataan ini dimulakan oleh Projek - Kestabilan dan Akauntabiliti untuk Malaysia (Projek SAMA), satu inisiatif terbaru yang memperjuangkan reformasi institusi demi memupuk kestabilan politik dan akauntabiliti sebagai aspirasi bersama kita pada masa negara kita mengemudi fasa pendemokrasian yang baru, dengan parlimen tergantung dan kerajaan campuran, dengan Ngeow Chow Ying sebagai konvenornya. Demi Malaysia, berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing.

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