By Clara Chooi
IPOH, Nov 1 — The Perak Pakatan Rakyat convention saw the passing of 10 resolutions which, among others, called for the three component parties of DAP, PAS and PKR to set aside their differences and make decisions based on consensus.
The resolutions were read out by PAS’ Titi Serong assemblyman Dr Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah after some 600 delegates presented their views during the day-long convention held at the Syuen Hotel here yesterday.
The resolutions are:
1. Cooperation and unity in Pakatan Rakyat must continue to be strengthened in order to topple Umno/Barisan Nasional. Any form of prejudices or negative perceptions between the PR partners must be avoided.
2. Improve on the principle of collective decision by using the negotiation table as a method to solve problems.
3. Strengthen and mobilise party organisations by giving serious emphasis to the setting up of PR collaborative councils at all party levels.
4. Destroy the doctrine of racism right up to the grassroots and improve relationships with the people, government servants, politicians, non-governmental organisations and the Royal Institution.
5. Fielding candidates of good calibre and integrity as the basis and focus of any victory in state or parliamentary seats contested by the PR. To focus on self-improvement programmes for all party members.
6. Continue with using the 5K principles as the foundation to work and rule – justice, honesty, integrity, welfare and transparency.
7. Continue and increase media and information series throughout the state in order to ensure the people receive accurate information and do not have their mindsets ruled by Umno/BN.
8. Programmes to create togetherness amongst the PR parties must be held as soon as possible to ensure all PR members understand each others’ struggles.
9. To continue seeking for the help and blessings of Allah whether faced by a crisis or not.
10. The resolutions committee to push for the PR alliance to be registered as a coalition and be represented by a single logo.
Former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the resolutions would formulate the basis of PR in Perak, which needed to stay strong to face the coming challenges.
“We are stressing on the strengthening of the PR and, as you can see, we have clearly stated that there will be no racial elements in any of our struggles.
“We do not want racism in PR, whether in DAP or PAS or PKR. Unlike us, it is Umno that is racist,” he said in a press conference after the convention.
He added that the Perak PR would also learn from its past and ensure that any candidate contesting under the PR banner in the next elections would be trustworthy and have integrity.
“This is to ensure that there will not be a tragedy like the one before,” he said, referring to the defection of former PR assemblymen Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, both of PKR, and Hee Yit Foong, of DAP.
The three assemblymen had left the alliance and remained as BN-friendly independents earlier this year, causing the fall of the Perak government.
Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said that the resolutions would serve as fuel to power the alliance forward and encourage willingness to serve instead of being served.
“You can see from the spirit of our delegates. They have the willingness to serve and not to be served,” he said.
He added that PR had also now wised up to BN’s tactics of utilising the mainstream media to paint an ugly picture of PR parties to Malaysians.
“This is why now, whatever we see in the mainstream media will first be verified amongst our respective partners in the PR before we react on them.
“I hope all Malaysians would do the same, too,” he said.
Kelantan mentri besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who was present at the convention to deliver a closing address, urged delegates to accept and adopt the resolutions.
He said the PR alliance was built not on racial sentiment but on a technique of togetherness, backed by religious values.
“And Islam does not stop others from practising other religions,” he reminded the delegates.
He added that a person does not choose the race he or she is born into and such a destiny could not be controlled.
“When a person leaves the mother’s womb, it is not his choice to be Malay, Indian or Chinese. This is why Malays cannot raise themselves above others,” he said.