PETALING JAYA: The group of prominent former civil servants known as G25 said the close fight between parties at the coming polls was good for Malaysian democracy, saying it would pave the way for more check and balance.
“This trend should be welcomed as a healthy sign of our maturing democracy,” it said in a statement today.
“G25 hopes all parties will accept the new reality in Malaysian politics as it reflects the feelings among the people that they are more comfortable with balanced representation at both Federal and state levels because if the winning party is too strong, it will be tempted to abuse its power and forget all the promises about institutional, economic and social reforms.”
The elections on May 9 will for the first time see former Umno strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former senior ministers contesting alongside opposition leaders under Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Although several new parties have been formed since the last polls, there will be less number of logos on ballot papers in the peninsula, following the four-party PH’s decision to use only the PKR symbol.
G25 said in the face of the political battle, civil servants have a duty to stay loyal to the country’s institutions.
“We are proud of the tradition of loyal service to king and country despite the several changes at the political level. We hope this tradition will be continued irrespective of which party becomes the next government,” it said.
It also urged politicians to avoid dirty tactics in their campaigns, adding that the Election Commission (EC) must ensure free and fair elections as the polls “is closely watched by the world”.
“Today’s generation of Malaysians have more respect for politicians that win the seats using clean politics than those who use money to bribe voters,” said G25.
The group also appealed to employers to be more lenient to workers who will exercise their right to vote, saying they may need extra days off in view of the mid-week polling day.
“Although voting is not compulsory in Malaysia, it is a responsibility which all eligible voters should carry out for the sake of our future as a free, democratic country, with a government that is elected by the people and for the people.”