Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Opposition suggests truth, reconciliation commission to move Malaysia forward

The government should set up a truth and reconciliation commission to help Malaysia with a democratic transition from the current regime which has been accused of corruption involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and other misdeeds, the opposition said today. Opposition leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said a commission would protect the people's rights and mooted the idea when debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's speech in the Dewan Rakyat today. PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang said a truth and reconciliation commission could be a solution to the ongoing tensions in the country. "There is the possibility that many leaders and officers are afraid to talk about confidential documents… With the commission, the issue of 1MDB as well as corruption can be revealed and the public can understand better. "It could also be a guarantee to those who faces criminal charge. Maybe this is the best solution to solve the crisis," he said. PKR Subang MP R. Sivarasa also supported the idea and said it had been done by South Africa when rebuilding the country after the apartheid years. "In South Africa, those who had carried out (murder and human rights violations) based on instruction, they openly admitted their fault and apologised to their victims and were let off the hook. "I think we need this especially when we look at what happened over the last 18 years, including the case of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, I think we need this kind of institution," said Sivarasa. PKR Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin agreed with the proposal and added that a democratic transition should be conducted in an orderly manner and all wrongdoing allegedly committed by Najib, who is Pekan MP, be revealed instead of being swept under the carpet. "He should instead be brought to justice and effort to recover the money taken abroad recovered," he said. Wan Azizah also said such a commission should be given the power to tackle resulting issues. "The people's rights need to be protected for the future of the country. That is our intention to set it up. "Any changes should be carried in peace according to the law and constitution and I would like to urge the Members of Parliament to look past any personal agenda to save our beloved country, Malaysia," she said. – March 8, 2016.]]>

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