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Peaceful power transition should be celebrated despite our partisanship

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March 4, 2020

Peaceful power transition should be celebrated despite our partisanship

KUASA congratulates the 8th Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his appointment by the Yang DiPertuan Agong on March 1, 2020.

The past week has also shown the peaceful and democratic resolve of the Malaysian people. Syabas to the rakyat.

The new opposition, under ex-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, should be commended for its constructive role to fight for its interests, but to do so within the democratic framework.

In the spirit of upholding democratic ideals and principles, we urge the Muhyiddin administration to not delay further the new parliamentary sitting date of May 18, 2020.

An active and functioning legislative is a key bulwark of our democracy, together with a free and independent judiciary.

We recognise various factions disagree with way government changed, but it must not reduce the fact the change occurred within constitutional requirements and by the persons and institutions outlined to execute them.

Still, this government must ensure the voice of dissent is protected — whether through the media, in Parliament or by civil society. This democratic right can be exercised through peaceful assemblies too — in the spirit of Malaysia Baharu where government facilitates through police cooperation.

The reported harassments of protesters henceforth as backed by the government's Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) raises discernible concerns, and as we move forward, we demand free speech is protected rather than being muted.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin has articulated in his inaugural speech to the nation about reform, the change agenda and being free of corruption. We wish him well and to remain steadfast in the delivery of the promises.

Equally we request his administration to support more democracy advocacy and outreach endeavours, which KUASA is part of along with several other members of civil society. Voters, not the least young voters, require means to better digest the developments of the past week, for example, to make informed decisions.

It will take time for our partisan society to appreciate a peaceful transition has take place. Reason enough to exclaim democracy is indeed alive and kicking in Malaysia.

KUASA observes this achievement and congratulates all Malaysians.

KUASA

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Any further enquiries with respect to this press release please contact Praba Ganesan, President (+60133939484)

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