PES and Progressive Alliance on a mission to Malaysia, call for fair elections
The Party of European Socialists is concerned about the lack of conditions for free and fair voting process in Malaysia in the light of upcoming national elections planned for August. A delegation of the Progressive Alliance, where the PES is represented, has visited Malaysia early this week on an observation mission.
The delegation consisted of representatives from the PES, Socialists, Democratic and Labour parties is particularly concerned by the infringements on freedom of assembly and association of Malaysian activists and non-affiliated citizens. What they encountered was a gross evidence of gerrymandering in favour of the ruling party, UMNO, with the creation of 13 new 'superdistricts'. Voter registration and the electoral role are also a cause for concern.
The delegation attempted but failed to meet the Malaysian Parliamentary Speaker, but was successful in meeting political leaders from several parties, leaders of civic organizations and visited communities in Kuala Lumpur. The PES calls for the Malaysian authorities to do the necessary carry a just and fair election, which reflects the ethnic and political diversity of Malaysia. We encourage Malaysian authorities to invite international electoral observation missions to ensure that democratic processes are improved upon and adhered to.
Members of the Progressive Alliance delegation:
- Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General, Party of European Socialist (PES)
- Neena Gill, Member of European Parliament, Group of Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group)
- Evin Incir, International Secretary, Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP)
- Greg Moran, Australian Labor International
- Ana Pirtskhalava, Secretary General, International Union of Socialist (IUSY)
- Conny Reuter, Secretary General, SOLIDAR
- Rainer Vogt, Progressive Alliance