PETALING JAYA: The Group of 25 (G25) comprising eminent retired Malay civil servants and diplomats have voiced their support for the Bersih 5 peaceful rally taking place today.
In a statement released last night, the group said some of its members will also be participating in the rally and will be distributing flyers outlining G25’s stand on the need for institutional reform, in support of Bersih 5.
The flyer entitled “Malaysia must restore good governance for social and economic stability”, identified four key points for the government to address.
They are to uphold parliamentary democracy and the Rukunegara; institute clean and efficient government; reform key institutions; and, for inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
The group came into prominence in December 2014.
It has since called for reforms to ensure the independence and good governance of public institutions as well as for a more consultative process to align the administration of Islam with the Federal Constitution.
Other stands it has taken was for a check on political financing to prevent money politics, better education policies and consistent implementation, as well as autonomy in higher education institutions, to ensure quality and higher standards.
The group also participated in last year’s Bersih 4 rally with G25 member, Tunku Munawirah Putra, who is also the grand-daughter of Malaysia’s first prime minister, and former Bank Negara assistant governor Latifah Merican Cheong being among those who walked to Dataran Merdeka on Aug 29 and 30.
After last year’s rally, the group had even called for the streets of Kuala Lumpur to be turned into a sea of festivity every year with everyone wearing yellow.