Finally, it takes so much courage for Pakatan Rakyat to be the FIRST to propose the restoration of the Local Council Election (popularly being referred as the Third Vote), restoring the rights of the people in choosing their own local representatives, rather than being appointed and used by the winning state governments as rewards to bribe their cronies.
In this regards, again, Pakatan Rakayt outshine and outdo their opponent who governed this country for more than half a century. People with conscience receive well on this proposal, and most NGOs (I mean those truly independent NGOs, not those fed by the ruling parties) have been longing, demanding, and pushing this for decades.
Was it not true that Tun Abdul Razak, 2nd Prime Minister, promised to restore the Local Council Election at the time it was suspended? So, how long do the people have to wait if not now? Another 100 years? More lame execuses?
Come on, embrace the change!
Restore the Third Vote and return the right to choose back to the PEOPLE!
"And this is the problem Pakatan Rakyat is going to face. Parliament is controlled by Barisan Nasional, not by Pakatan Rakyat. And Barisan Nasional does not want local council elections for the same reason that PAS is worried about what would happen in Kelantan if local council elections were held. So expect this to be blocked by Parliament.
Let’s take Perak as an example. Say they hold local council elections in Perak, a state under Barisan Nasional control. And, say, Pakatan Rakyat comes in at all or most of the local councils. Can you imagine the headache Barisan Nasional is going to have? The state would move in the opposite direction. Pakatan Rakyat and not Barisan Nasional will be the real power in Perak."
"As I said, Lim Guan Eng made a brilliant move. And now he has Barisan Nasional’s balls in his hand. Guan Eng, you're da man! Hidup Guan Eng!"
-- excerpt from MalaysiaToday - Najib blinked first
"We have heard and seen many cases of council 'chieftains' and members wielding extraordinary power and amassing wealth and living lavishly. The people must be given their democratic rights to purge these 'local warlords', and the only way it can be done is through the proper process of holding elections for local government positions."
-- excerpt from Malaysiakini - Local polls: 'You're wrong, Mr Prime Minister'
Read the following for details:
MalaysiaToday - Najib blinked first
Malaysiakini - PM: Local gov't polls unnecessary
Malaysiakini - Local polls: 'You're wrong, Mr Prime Minister'
Malaysiakini - 'No local elections': Gerakan, Pakatan tick off PM
TheMalaysianInsider - Third vote not likely - before next elections
TheMalaysianInsider - Pakatan states could follow Penang in third vote bid