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Despite winning the popular vote and forming the government of the day and getting on with the job of governing, fulfilling its manifesto including institutional reforms, certain politicians within the ruling coalition have chosen to betray the people’s mandate given to them in the last general election.

Rise of Social Efforts (Rose) is more than disappointed and watches with horror at the emerging news of a ‘back door’ government being formed without going back to the people for a fresh mandate. We strongly condemn such political manoeuvring and defying of the mandate.

If this were to happen, democracy in this country will be hanging on by a thread not to mention other fallouts in terms of our daily wellbeing and national psyche.

We are particularly disappointed as our work all this while has been to uphold principles of democracy including voter empowerment through education and advocacy on access to and voting rights, and facilitating and encouraging citizens’ participation in the democratic processes.

Despite what is happening, the people should know and hang onto the principle that politicians do not make the choice for us. Ultimately we as rakyat have the legitimate right to choose a government in a parliamentary democracy.

In order not to suffer the wrath of Malaysians in the next elections, we as part of civil society, condemn such negotiations or manoeuvring and call on those Pakatan Harapan MPs to return to the path of rebuilding Malaysia.

Executive committee

Persatuan Pemangkin Daya Masyarakat (Rose)

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