The Policies of Pakatan Rakyat that was unanimously adopted today at the 1st Pakatan Rakyat Convention at Auditorium MBSA, Shah Alam.
The Policies of Pakatan Rakyat
- Transparent and Genuine Democracy
- Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law
- Separation of Powers
- A Clean, Free and Fair Electoral System
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has dismissed talk that he is leaving PKR, saying he is on six months’ leave from the party because he did not want to get bogged down by meetings.
The PKR political bureau member, who announced last month that he was going on leave, stressed that he never said he was leaving PKR, which he joined less than five months ago.
“No, it’s not true. I am instead busy meeting the people to explain Pakatan Rakyat’s policies,” he told reporters after speaking at a forum here on Monday night.
Zaid, who is coordinator of Pakatan Rakyat is part of the secretariat involved in drawing up a charter spelling out the core policies of the opposition alliance which comprises PKR, PAS and the DAP. Read more
By Debra Chong
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 19 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s move today in declaring Sept 16 a public holiday — to mark the day Malaysia was formed, 46 years after the fact — was met with laughter by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We should have more holidays,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here in an immediate reaction to the announcement made in Parliament earlier.
“Work is not important. Holiday is important,” the 84-year-old added, wearing his trademark smirk.
Dr Mahathir said he did not want to criticise Najib’s effort, but pointed out that he was often described as a “workaholic”.
“But now, I’m on a long holiday. I’m not working for anybody,” he said, smiling from ear to ear. Read more
Joe Fernandez, Malaysiakini
Pakatan Rakyat’s much-awaited Common Policy Framework (CPF) will be driven by the opposition alliance’s long-touted agenda for change and reform.
The agenda promises to restore the doctrine of separation of powers, checks-and-balances, public accountability, transparency and weed out abuse of power and exercises in absolute power.
These were the salient points stressed by senior PKR leader Zaid Ibrahim in an exclusive two-hour interview with Malaysiakini late last night in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu.
“The CPF, once adopted, will become the manifesto of Pakatan,” said Zaid who has since taken six months sabbatical leave from his party, but not from PR.
“This is a historical draft CPF which will be finalised next week. It will be central to the political struggle of Pakatan and the reason why I left Umno and joined up.
“I am a Pakatan man and not so much with PKR although I had to join a component party to be in the opposition alliance.”
Zaid, a former Umno law minister who broke ranks with his party on law and other reform issues and corruption, confirmed that the draft CPF will be deliberated upon by Pakatan leaders and members at a meet scheduled in December in Kuala Lumpur. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 — PKR’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim played down today Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s six months’ leave of absence from the party, but conceded there were problems in the opposition party.
“He is still in the party and still in the leadership.” said Anwar, who added the former Umno law minister would be going to perform the Haj during his leave of absence.
Anwar said he did not understand why Zaid’s leave was being interpreted in such a negative manner.
“I concede, yes we have to address this, if there are issues to be discuss.” said Anwar, but he blamed the media for sending the negative signal that there was serious infighting in the party and that PKR was unravelling. Read more