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    Aliran President: Brace for economic tsunami, shed outdated politics

    Bill Clinton said it better during the election campaign against George Bush, Senior in 1992:

    It's the economy, stupid!

    http://www.aliran.com/index.php?opti...2008&Itemid=11

    Brace for economic tsunami, shed outdated politics, urges Aliran President

    Aliran president P Ramakrishnan, in a message today aimed at political
    parties and their politicians, said they could "play politics, by all means"
    ; but he warned them not to think that the outdated politics of race,
    personality or ruthless ambition would get them anywhere when the economic
    tsunami hits with full force.

    To the elected representatives of Parliament and state legislative
    assemblies, he commented, "Continue your antics and theatrics if you must,
    but you will be judged by how well and how honestly you can debate policy
    directions, pass laws and oversee government measures to save the people
    from massive suffering."

    To the federal and state governments, he cautioned, "Persist with your
    antagonisms if you must; the people will judge you by whether or how
    effectively you can set aside partisan concerns and petty quarrels in favour
    of federal-state cooperation to serve the rakyat's interests."

    Ramakrishnan made these comments at Aliran's 32nd annual general meeting
    held in Penang today. The AGM also unanimously resolved to call upon the
    government of Malaysia to abrogate the Internal Security Act and thereby
    restore justice and establish the rule of law. The AGM also urged all
    Malaysians to rally together to oppose the ISA and other oppressive laws.

    Ramakrishnan was re-elected as president of the social reform group, along
    with Dr Francis Loh as honorary secretary, Dr Mustafa Kamal Anuar as
    honorary assistant secretary, and Anil Netto as honorary treasurer.

    The new executive committee comprises:

    Dr Prema Devaraj
    Leena Mohan
    Dr Andrew Aeria
    Dr Khoo Boo Teik
    Dr Subramaniam Pillay
    Dr Soon Chuan Yean
    Andrew Wong
    Amiruddin Ahmad
    Ch'ng Teng Liang
    Raphael Surin
    Sarajun Hoda Abd Hassan

    Ong Eu Soon was elected as honorary auditor.

    Dr Francis Loh
    Hon Secretary
    23 November 2008
    py

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    Re: Aliran President: Brace for economic tsunami, shed outdated politics


    It is this part of the Aliran President's speech that we voters and taxpayers must observe :

    To the elected representatives of Parliament and state legislative
    assemblies, he commented, "Continue your antics and theatrics if you must,
    but you will be judged by how well and how honestly you can debate policy
    directions, pass laws and oversee government measures to save the people
    from massive suffering."
    "The only thing necessary for evil to trumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

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