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Parliament Roundtable of political parties, MPs, NGOs and civic groups on APs controversy specifically and the right to information of Malaysians generally
(Ipoh, Wednesday): Four big issues have been dominating the thoughts and discussions of Malaysians in the past month, viz:
Mahathir has not joined the Opposition but I welcome his new conversion to a policy of government accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance as we are now standing on the same platform calling for release of the 2004 APs list. I have just received a SMS informing me that the Prime Minister has issued a directive from Johannesburg for the release tonight of the 2004 APs list.
I am prepared to give support to anyone, regardless of party or political history, whether Mahathir, Abdullah or Rafidah on any issue or matter if this is in the best interests of the people and nation, like the public release of the list of AP holders.
With Mahathir as a new convert to a policy of accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance, I urge him to also fully support making public all the APs lists for the past 35 years since the introduction of APs in 1970, including during the period he was Minister for Trade and Industry from January 1978 to July 1981, just before he became the fourth Prime Minister.
The APs mess has highlighted the failure of accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance, which must be the concern of all political parties, NGOs, civic groups and ordinary Malaysians in Malaysia is to become a “First World” nation.
I propose to invite political parties, MPs, NGOs and civic groups to a Parliamentary roundtable early next month on the issue of APs in particular and the right to information of Malaysians in general to formulate a policy which is in consonance with the pledge of Abdullah to lead a clean, incorruptible, people-oriented, accountable, trustworthy and just administration.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman