Malaysians who want justice, freedom, democracy and good governance must ensure that every eligible voter is registered on the electoral roll in the next votersí registration exercise next month  so that they could influence the outcome in the next general election


Speech
- briefing of DAP Malacca State and branch leaders on the 
DAPís nation-wide  "Justice For All" Campaign

by Lim Kit Siang  

(Kota Melaka, Tuesday): The Election Commission said yesterday it will only be fully prepared by June if the general election and the Sabah state elections are to be held simultaneously.

Commission chairman, Datuk Harun Din said they were all ready for the Sabah state elections but they would not be quite ready if the general election was held as well as it was normal for them to be prepared for any election at the end of the fourth year of a governmentís term.

With the latest political developments in the country, the  likelihood is for the  national general election being held  later than earlier, more likely in the second rather than the first half of this year.

Another indication in this direction is the 18-month postponement of the UMNO supreme council elections scheduled in June this year until after the general election, although the Prime Minister can use his prerogative to decide on any timing for the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of general election.

If general election is held in the second half of the year, then Malaysians  who have not registered on the electoral roll can still have a chance to exercise their vote in the next polls, as the Election Commission is conducting the annual votersí registration exercise beginning the end of next month.
Malaysians who want justice, freedom, democracy and good governance must ensure that every eligible voter is registered on the electoral roll in the next votersí registration exercise so that every citizen  could influence the outcome in the next general elections.

 Next monthís votersí registration exercise will be one focal point of the nation-wide "Justice For All" campaign which was launched by the DAP National Chairman, Dr. Chen Man Hin, in Petaling Jaya this morning.

Although the "Justice For All" campaign stems from the injustice suffered by DAP Deputy Secretary-General and MP for Kota Melaka, Lim Guan Eng, it is not confined to his one case alone, but is about the right of all Malaysians regardless of race, religion, gender or  status to justice whether political, economic, educational, social, cultural, religions or in the sphere of human rights.

The Lim Guan Eng case and Anwar Ibrahimís "black eye" scandal have highlighted the injustices in our society and the need for Malaysians to stand up to put a halt to them.

The purpose of the "Justice For All" campaign is to mobilise and galvanise all Malaysians to stand up for their democratic and fundamental  rights to justice, freedom, democracy and  good governance not only for themselves, but also for their children and childrenís children.

With this objective in mind, the DAP will also be launching a mass membership drive in conjunction with the "Justice For All" campaign, which will be carried out country-wide for the next 12 months.

(12/1/99)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong