The move is to educate the voters, especially rural voters, on Pakatan Rakyat's Buku Jingga pledges.
PETALING JAYA: While date of the general election remains elusive, PKR has started printing pamphlets in an effort to give exposure to its Buku Jingga, which contains the opposition’s plans for the country, and woo voters in the process.
“We have printed 12 million pamphlets to be distributed throughout the nation to promote ‘Buku Jingga’,” a party source told FMT.
The country has about nine million voters who would cast their ballots in the upcoming polls, while another three million new voters would join the list next year.
The party source, who did not want to be named, said the ‘Buku Jingga’ will become a major weapon for PKR in an effort to persuade voters.
Buku Jingga outlines the opposition’s plans in its first 100-days in power, if elected to lead the federal government. It touches on various reforms from economy to education.
The pamphlets – which were forwarded to FMT – contain nine pages highlighting the reforms intended to be pursued by the opposition, if given the mandate by the rakyat.
Among the reforms highlighted in the pamphlets concern the Election Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General’s chambers and the Malaysian Royal Police Force (PDRM).
The date of the general election is still anyone’s guess with many speculating it to be held between this June and September. The latest talk is that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would dissolve the Parliament after tabling the his 2013 Budget on Sept 23.
“Pakatan cannot go on just talking about the weakness of the Barisan Nasional. It has to explain, its strategies, abilities and ideas if given a chance to rule the country.
“But this does not mean we would stay silent on the wrongdoings of the BN,” said the PKR source.
He said the pamphlets would be distributed widely in rural areas, where BN is at its strongest.
“Cash for votes and the BN’s move to use violence at ceramahs would be our obstacles in taking over the federal government. Thus, pamphlets are the best way to let people know of our ideas and also educate voters on BN’s flaws in the last 55 year.”.
“We have already distributed our pamphlets to all our coordinators in the grassroots. You can see it ‘flying’ nationwide in the next few weeks,” said the source.