Demokrasi Sabah’s primary focus is to emphasise good governance and accountability among contesting candidates.
KOTA KINABALU: Civil society group, Demokrasi Sabah (Desah), is holding a public forum 17th February, 2013 (tomorrow) on the expectation of voters in the impending general election.
Titled “Malaysian Voters – What we expect from the incoming government”, the forum will focus on youth, economy, native issues and the environment.
In a statement issued yesterday, Desah said the forum will be different in that leaders and representatives of all political parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition as well as the opposition will attend but will not be speaking.
The speakers will all be ordinary members of the public while political party representatives will be asked to answer queries from the public or give explanations on issues.
The forum, which is expected to be moderated by its chairman Simon Sipaun, the state’s former top civil servant, will be held at the Star City Convention Centre here starting at 1.30pm and is open to all citizens.
“We call upon all Malaysians, particularly Sabahans and Sarwakians, to assist Desah in sharing and promoting this forum and invite everyone. Entrance is free,” said a spokesman for the organisers.
Desah, a civil society group formed in 2012 to campaign for and encourage one-to-one contests in the coming general election, has stressed that it is non-aligned and its guiding principle is emphasising good governance and accountability.
The NGO has organised several debates aimed at reaching consensus on a free and fair election that will give voters a clear choice.
Tomorrow’s forum is expected to be its final effort to help citizens voice their expectations of any incoming government.
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