I notice press reports mentioning the DAP’s three promises should Pakatan take over Putrajaya:
- RM1,000 annually for senior citizens
- Free nationwide wifi
- Abolition of the postal summons (saman ekor)
Shouldn’t a progressive electoral platform highlight the following:
- the stamping out of corruption and abuse of power at all levels
- a minimum wage or a minimum living income – more multiplier effect, given that 34 per cent of workers earn wages below the poverty line.
- high-quality, efficient, universal healthcare at a nominal charge and an end to the privatisation of essential services
- an immediate repeal of the ISA and other detention without trial laws and ratification of international human rights treaties
- measures to narrow the income gap
- reinstatement of local council elections plus village elections
- upholding of sustainable development and environmental protection including independent EIAs and SEIAs for all significant projects
- loans for small business folks, fisher folks and farmers
- land titles for those with customary rights to the land
- restoration of the independence of the judiciary, election commission
- affordable housing for all
- a strong social security system that would cater to senior citizens, people with disabilities, the poor, etc
- the promotion of food self-sufficiency (but not via corporate agriculture)
- a revamp of the education system
- measures to address the digital divide, including adequate facilities for schools
And that’s just for starters.
I am looking for far-reaching reforms, not just superficial sweeteners.