Campaigning in Sungai Besar, KK getting ugly

It will be more useful for candidates and political parties to focus on crucial public interest issues, such as the 1MDB scandal, weakening economy, and deteriorating civil rights as well as local voters’ concerns. 

PRESS STATEMENT We want all stakeholders in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar to adopt the spirit of clean, free and fair elections. All candidates and political parties must take responsibility in setting higher standards for democracy and political maturity as these are in line with the aspirations of the people.

We reiterate our earlier demand for candidates and political parties to abide by its Code of Conduct and the Caretaker Government Guidelines throughout the election period.

In any election campaign, it was necessary for campaigns to be civil. It will be more useful for candidates and political parties to focus on crucial public interest issues, such as the 1MDB scandal, weakening economy, and deteriorating civil rights as well as local voters’ concerns.

We refer to the ongoing by-election campaigns in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar. We are appalled by what was going on in the two parliamentary seats.

In particular, several incidents in the past few days have contributed to a negative political and campaign environment.

These include vandalizing of campaign materials and candidate’s election operation room; a sexist remark by independent candidate Izat Bukhary (Kuala Kangsar) who said he is contesting because he “did not trust” women leaders; and threats by PAS supporters during Nomination Day against Amanah by calling them “Pengkhianat” (traitors) and “Kuburkan Kufor (bury the non-believers).

Other incidents include disruption of a Pakatan Harapan ceramah in Kuala Kangsar, where protesters claimed it affected theirprayers, and political messages that added to an unhealthy campaign atmosphere such as a billboard in Sekinchan which was taken down when criticized.

 

The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0)

 

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