“Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat” becomes platform for Opposition’s election campaign

KUALA LUMPUR – The 13th General Election campaign started early with Pakatan Rakyat leaders using the “Himpunan Kebangkitan rakyat KL112” as a platform of promises for voters.

In their speeches during the rally today, Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang promised to abolish tolls should Pakatan win the general elections while Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim promised to reduce the price of fuel and also abolish PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) and the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

“God willing on the first day in Putrajaya, we will reduce the price of fuel, abolish PTPTN, AES. Give PR the chance as we listen to the cries of the people,” said Anwar during the rally at Stadium Merdeka today.

Anwar also promised to reduce the prices of goods, increase living standards and refuse corruption.

New promises were made despite claims that the Opposition party had failed to fulfill their promises made in the 12th General Election manifesto.

PKR Secretary General Saifuddin Nasution Ismail read the pledge which underlined the 10 claims made by the Opposition.

These claims include  clean and fair elections; a restoration of Felda’s reputation; Sabah and Sarawak to be given the same status as peninsular Malaysia; 20 percent oil royalties to petroleum-producing states; to raise the professionalism of civil servants like teachers and security forces; a clean environment; to uphold Bahasa Malaysia, protect native languages and improve the English language; to release all political prisoners immediately, to defend traditional villages and places of heritage; and ensure a better life for women.

Pro-Pakatan activists had earlier stressed their demands to the Barisan Nasional government.

The Solidarity representative also demanded the abolishment of PTPTN and the 1971 University and University College Act while Himpinan Bersih demanded the government to listen to the people’s cry, abolish Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) and to reduce the debt of Felda.

The Royalty Society meanwhile claimed the petroleum royalty should be returned to the people, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan called for a clean election, the Former MilitaryPersonnel Association wanted the military assets to be returned to the people and the Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) wanted 23 detainees in Kamunting to be released.

MTUC wanted a worker-friendly candidate; Persatuan Orang Asal asked for their rights to be returned and the Secretary for the Gerakan Mansuhkan PPSMI, Hasni Abas, called for the Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in Englesh (PPSMI) to be abolished.

The peaceful rally began at 9am at eight locations – Amcorp Mall, KLCC, Sultan Sulaiman Club, National Mosque, Brickfields, University Malaya Mosque, Central Market and Jalan Sultan ended at around 5 pm.

The rally which is touted to be the last such rally before the upcoming General Election took place with no incidents.

The cooperation given by the Royal Malaysian Police during the rally was labelled as  “Most Peaceful”.

Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin thanked the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar and all those who provided their services today.