1. We, bearers of the vision held by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, father of independence, believe that the contempt displayed by the present Pakatan Harapan government against the sanctity of the Constitutional Monarch and the institution of Islam in the country has threatened to engender a culture of intolerance among non-Muslims against the Muslims, much to the detriment of national security, peace and harmony.
2. We believe that the contempt displayed by the Pakatan Harapan government against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, made manifest through the appointment of a Council of Eminent Persons comprising unelected individuals carrying out official government responsibility, has collapsed the institution of democracy and parliament in Malaysia, in that the free will of the voter to determine who represents him (or her) in parliament, and ultimately, government, has been trodden on and reduced to a farce.
3. We believe that the undemocratic and dictatorial attributes displayed by the Pakatan Harapan government, and in particular, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, has triggered unrest among the Muslims, politicians, several Muslim based non-governmental organisations, the civil servants in general, as well as a number of Muslim majority nations worldwide who are concerned about the threat being posed to Islam and Muslims in Malaysia.
We believe that the hostility displayed by the Pakatan Harapan government, and in particular, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, against China and India, and the indecision by the government with regards to projects mooted and subsequently executed by the past administration of Dato’ Seri Najib bin Tun Razak, has triggered anxiety among investors and caused China to pull back on imports of palm oil and several other commodities, much to the detriment of the Malaysian economy.
We believe that the Pakatan Harapan government, and in particular, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, deliberately manipulated the national debt and figures associated with the debt-to-GDP ratio, to plunge the economy so as to drive investors away and afford his cronies the means to purchase shares left behind by these investors at very low prices. We believe that this has brought about a state of economic uncertainty that threatens to plunge the country into a recession of “bottomless depth.”
In light of the above, we, bearers of the vision held by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, father of independence, call upon Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, to recognise and proclaim, in the presence and under the auspices of the Supreme Being, the following:
1. that we are entitled to a federal administration that is honest, dynamic and truly accountable, one with a truly democratic parliamentary system that represents the interests of the people, with truly independent and clean judicial institutions and a police force that is professional and executes its duties in accordance with the tenets of law.
2. that we are entitled to a mass media that is free and not beholden to those in power.
3. that we are entitled to a federal administration that values accountability and transparency as its fundamental elements, respects differences of views and supports a dynamic, resilient and just economy which is internationally competitive.
4. that the Constitution of Malaysia is supreme.
5. that the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is and forever shall be the Constitutional monarch, and that the separation of the powers of government, and in particular, the independence of the judiciary, must forever be maintained.
6. that the fundamental liberties and freedoms guaranteed to the rakyat by the Constitution of Malaysia can never be interfered with, denied, or rendered illusory.
7. that Malaysians are born and remain free with equal rights, and that social distinctions, wherever necessary, may be founded only upon the general good.
8. that Islam is the religion of the Federation, and that all other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony.
9. that Bahasa Melayu is the national language and must be used for all official functions, and that the official status accorded to the language will never diminish the right for all Malaysians to use and learn other languages.
10. that the special position accorded by the Constitution of Malaysia to the Malays, the indigenous rakyat of West Malaysia, of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the legitimate rights of all other races will forever be maintained.
11. that the federal administration owes it to the people of Malaysia to fulfil its responsibilities and to protect and respect the special position accorded to Sabah and Sarawak by the Constitution of Malaysia.
12. that the government must dismantle the Council of Eminent Persons and apologise to Malaysians for the gross abuse of power on its (the government’s) part for allowing members of the council to represent the country in official governmental duties.
13. that the government is duty bound to apologise to Malaysians for manipulating national debt figures and those associated with the debt-to-GDP ratio to the detriment of the people.
14. that the government is duty bound to apologise to all Malaysian Muslims for the hostile and discriminatory position taken against Tahfiz schools and various other Islamic themed institutions that exist in the country.
15. that the government is duty bound to apologise to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the contempt it displayed against the Monarchical Institution, made manifest through its inaction against those who questioned the sanctity of the institution.
16. that no person, for whatever reason, shall be accused, arrested, or imprisoned except in the cases and according to the forms prescribed by law.
17. that any citizen summoned or arrested in virtue of the law shall submit without delay, as resistance constitutes an offense.
18. that the law shall provide for such punishments only as are strictly and obviously necessary, and that no one shall suffer punishment except it be legally inflicted in virtue of a law passed and promulgated before the commission of the offense.
19. that all persons are innocent until they shall have been declared guilty, and that if arrest shall be deemed indispensable, all harshness not essential to the securing of the prisoner’s person shall be severely repressed by law.
20. that no one shall be disquieted on account of his (or her) opinions, including his (or her) religious views, provided their manifestation does not disturb the public order established by law.
21. that the free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man, and that every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.
22. that the security of the rights of man and of the citizen requires public police and military forces, and that these forces are, therefore, established for the good of all and not for the personal advantage of those to whom they shall be intrusted.
23. that all citizens have a right to decide, either personally or by their representatives, as to the necessity of the public contribution, to grant this freely, to know to what uses it is put, and to fix the proportion, the mode of assessment and of collection and the duration of the taxes,
The People’s Declaration
1. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, are resolute in our desire for fair governance and solemnly declare, that the Government of Malaysia failed in this department and is in contempt of all Malaysians, the Institution of Parliament, the Institution of Democracy, the Constitutional Monarch and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
2. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, solemnly declare that the proclamations aforementioned herein are absolute truths, reflective of sentiments abound, and are within parameters of execution by the federal administration in accordance with the Constitution of Malaysia.
3. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, solemnly declare that unless the Government of Malaysia charts the nearest course towards a fresh general election, we will consider democracy to be dead in Malaysia and Islam to be a religion under threat.
4. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, solemnly declare that should the government not announce a new election date by or before the 30th of September 2018, we will do whatever we can within our democratic and constitutional means to oppose government towards bringing about a regime change.
5. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, solemnly declare that our collective intent as aforementioned herein is noble and to protect the sanctity of Islam as the official religion and the sanctity of the Monarchical Institution, which we regard to be under grave danger.
6. We, Malaysians of all races and of various faiths, solemnly declare that our collective intent as aforementioned herein is also to uphold Bahasa Melayu as the national language, as well as to uphold the special position accorded by the Constitution of Malaysia to the Malays, the indigenous rakyat of West Malaysia, of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the legitimate rights of all other races.
The Malaysiaku Tanahairku petition to Yang di-Pertuan Agong was written by Raggie Jessy and is in the category Government at GoPetition.