Recently, CSO Platform for Reform and Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) launched Manifesto Rakyat.
The Peoples’ Manifesto (or Manifesto Rakyat in Malay) is a collaborative project between Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) and CSO Platform for Reform (CSO Platform). Initiated in 2021, the project aims to collect the diverse voices in society and reflect what the people want, demand and care about in various policy areas.
The manifesto is intended to serve as a contemporary reference for political parties and an advocacy platform for civil society as a whole. A distinguishing feature of the manifesto is that it mentions specific ideas contributed by civil society and the general public in their own individual or organisational names.
The manifesto is also open for public endorsement by chapter and in its entirety. A dedicated website (manifestorakyat2021.org) allows for future updates and amendments to the manifesto so that it is adaptive to sociopolitical changes – hence, the Peoples’ Manifesto strives to be relevant as a ‘living document’.