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GBM Statement: Stopping the Culture of Crossover

15 May, 2018

Stopping the Culture of Crossover

The recently concluded 14th General Elections brought about a historical transformation for Malaysia as well as for the region. It marked the first peaceful transition of power from the monopoly of the hitherto ruling party since Independence. However, barely a day after the new Prime Minister was sworn-in, many are flabbergasted by the attempted crossovers of MPs and state assembly persons.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) views this political crossover phenomenon with much concern and apprehension.

The rakyat had given Pakatan Harapan the mandate to rule because they wanted a clean break from the past. GBM considers the unconditional acceptance of these crossover MPs and ADUNs to the PH ranks as a betrayal of the rakyat’s trust.

GBM strongly objects to this culture of party-hopping because we envisage a competitive multi-party competition in future elections rather than a monopoly by a single coalition. The probable decimation of BN would only result in a new opposition that is more extreme in its politics and ideologies. We look forward to a strong and credible opposition who would keep a check on the political process and the rule of law.

GBM also wishes to draw to the attention of the state and national leadership of Pakatan Harapan, that those who voted for the Barisan Nasional should also have rights to representation.  The new administration should not disenfranchise these voters by accepting crossovers from Barisan Nasional, or by denying funding to the BN constituencies.

GBM urges the leadership of PH to take heed of the rakyat’s concern of this unhealthy crossover culture. We look forward to the new political stewardship of PH protecting and flourishing the authentic values and spirit of democracy in Malaysia.

Released by the following Member Organisations of GBM:

1)      Anak Muda Sarawak  (AMS)

2)      ENGAGE

3)      Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall(KLSCAH)

4)      LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)

5)      Merdeka University Berhad (MUB)

6)      Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)

7)      Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)

8)      Partners in Community Organising (Pacos)

9)      Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

10)  Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

11)  Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)

12)  Pusat Komas (KOMAS)

13)   Tamil Foundation (TF)

14)  Tindak Malaysia (TM)

15)  Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

16)  Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

17)  United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)