KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 — Civil rights movement Bebas launched today a campaign to encourage voters to use the social media to pressure candidates to be more transparent on their stand in the coming 14th general elections.
Called #CabarCalon, the campaign urges voters to ask those intending to contest in either federal or state seats to answer “yes” or “no” to just three questions.
The questions are:
1. Will you support laws prohibiting property owners from discriminating against potential tenants and businesses from discriminating against potential employees and customers?
- Will you support removing taxpayer monies for religious activities, including religious departments, so that each community funds their own religious affairs?
3. Will you declare your assets before running for office?
“Those three questions are highly relevant in a parliamentary democracy, especially in Malaysia. This boils down to the fact that our politics are poisoned with racial and religious sentiments, while corruption has become part and parcel of Malaysian culture.
“It has never been more evident that the general quality and integrity of our representatives are at an all time low, and this campaign is really about promoting public engagement to keep our leaders in check,” Bebas spokesman George Ling said in a statement.
The campaign was launched by lawyer and activist Siti Kasim, and Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) founder Cynthia Gabriel and Bebas co-founder Boo Su-Lyn at Gerakbudaya in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Voters nationwide are encouraged to upload pictures or videos of themselves with any of the three questions on social media, stating their respective constituencies and incumbent representatives or GE14 candidates, along with the hashtags “#CabarCalon” and “#GE14”.
More information and updates on the #CabarCalon campaign can be found on the Bebas Facebook page.