Pakatan can win if elections are held now, says Fuziah

PKR’s elections director has made a bold prediction that Pakatan Rakyat can capture the country if the general election is held now.

Fuziah Salleh said that based on the party’s assessment, 70% of the Chinese, 60% of the Indians and 40% of the Malays nationwide support Pakatan.

“We are confident of wresting Putrajaya if elections are held now,” she said when winding up the debate on the presidential address at the Sixth PKR National Congress.

However, she cautioned that Pakatan should not be overconfident as Barisan Nasional remains a formidable opponent.

“Pakatan cannot depend on sentiment only, we must carve out a campaign to attain genuine support among the electorate.”

Fuziah said that to ensure victory, the Election Commission (EC) must be reformed first by making it report directly to Parliament instead of being an institution under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, whose state government has come under fire at the congress, asked the 2,000-plus delegates to be patient as the state reforms its administration.

He said fighting corruption was Selangor’s priority. Khalid also spoke of the need for PKR to groom younger leaders to take over from the present leadership. In debating the policy speech, at least two male delegates supported the Wanita PKR’s plea to be involved in 30% of the party’s activities.

Shahrulizan Harun from Johor said gender equality was important in a party that was riddled with problems.

“Women can play an important stabilising role, especially with the many resignations lately,” she said.

Abas Awang from Pahang went further, saying that women would one day rule the country as it was proven that they were more resilient than their male counterparts.

Penang delegate Datuk Abdul Halim suggested that existing MPs, state assemblymen, and executive councillors from Opposition states provide monetary assistance to non-governmental organisations or civil servants as they could play an important role during general elections or by-elections.

He also suggested that the party set up a youth parliament to expose children as young as 13 to the process of democracy.

Source: the Star

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