A call for us to take charge in the next general elections, and bring government back into the hands of the rakyat.

“And what reason have you that you will not fight in the way of God and of the weak among the men and the women and the children, who cry out, ‘Lord, deliver us from this town, whose people are oppressors. Give us from Thee a guardian and give us from Thee a helper’.” – Surah 4 verse 75 of the Holy Qur’an.

“Your riches and your children may be but a trial, but in the presence of God is the highest reward.” – Surah 64 verse 15 of the Holy Qur’an.

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To God we belong, and to Him is our return’. They are those on whom descend blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” – Surah 2 verses 155-157 of the Holy Qur’an.

Of late, much of my time has been spent getting in touch with some of the finest people I know, imploring them to offer themselves as independent candidates in the next general election.

By finest, I mean persons who, in my estimation (and yours, too, if you knew who they were), are of unquestionable integrity.

Persons who, if elected as independent candidates in the next general election, can be counted on to not sell their souls when BN comes a calling with millions, maybe even billions of ringgit as inducements to betray the rakyat.

If we are to have any chance of seeing a regime change post-13th GE which will not capitulate to the filthy, corrupt overtures that BN will surely make to re-capture federal power, we will need a buffer of the finest Malaysians in Parliament as independent MPs to frustrate BN’s efforts to topple the new regime ala the Perak crisis.

In my estimation, 20 such independent MPs might just be about enough.

More will not hurt the cause.

Most of these individuals I have approached though, are truly reluctant politicians.

Good people with good ideas, but with little desire for power.

The type of people we need in parliament.

I have urged them to see a term in parliament as a term of national service, to aid in rehabilitating our national institutions.

The judiciary.

The police force.


I have shared with them the details of the initiative and most see it as a worthy effort.

Most, however, offer reasons why they cannot step forward.

I received this SMS five days ago from one of those persons :

“Haris, I have thought about this very carefully. Thank you for thinking of me. Unfortunately I have to decline due to some personal issues that need my attention over the next 6 months.”

Most reasons come down to the same thing :

‘I see the need for that which you propose but I can’t get involved. Let someone else see to it.’

My father’s generation said the same.

As did my own, for a long, long time.

And that’s why this country is where it is today.

Haris is an overweight sperm passing through and waiting to return to Mothership. Follow him at the People’s Parliament and @harismibrahim on Twitter.

My name is Haris Ibrahim. Trained in the law. Late father was Malay and my mum is Ceylonese. I am Malaysian.

7 replies on “DNBN Kuburkan BN : A call to the reluctant politicians to national service”

  1. Third Force (Malaysian Green Party)

    1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism

    2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.

    3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.

    The above group is just in case Haris/RPK themselves are also trojans. We as citizens can't trust any political parties and have to run as independents if needed. Until they prove to be trojans though, I consider MCLM's 3rd Force viable. The real 3rd Force is always the NEUTRAL citizen, no one else with any agenda whatsoever.

    Apart from the above 3 items we neutral citizens need to :

    Disallow ANY Oligarchy/Nepotism

    End/Buy-Up Toll Concessions

    End Forced Military Conscriptions

    End Vehicular-APs

    Block VAT / Block GST

    Lower Election Deposits from 15,000 to 15.00 (so everyone can join and not be prevented by this plutocratic deterrence the poorest man has a right to join and 15,000 is prohibitive, must be lowered to allow the poorest)

    Then study the below as well for good measure :


    USA, UK and Malaysia, are representative democracies (2nd class version) and thus not truly open systems being limited to the whims and fancies of parliamentarians alone.

    *Participatory Democracy* (1st class version) is a process emphasizing the broad participation of constituents in the direction and operation of political systems not in isolation of populist political groups but inclusive of academic and bureaucratic groups.

    *Participatory Democracy* avoids the concept of the people having a single view with the inevitable limitations that come from trying to agree what that view is.

    Government is heavily decentralized into smaller independent groups to allow personalized preferences within groups to be expressed in a functional manner PREFERRED by each particular group.

    The system seeks to avoid problems with centralized and electoral governance, while still providing a stable democratic system and ensuring all forms of human expression especially those diametrically opposed to be allowed expression. For example theocrat moralists / and sin industries (adult or gambling) can all be represented and functional even while proponents within each group do not use or believe in the other.

    All expressions of humanity thus will have their own place, albeit in a highly separated manner. Try the below related links for articles/discussions on Participative Democracy :

    Shadow cabinet Thursday, October 14, 2010 (Ktemoc) Authoritarianism vs. Seperation of Powers and Complacency of Citizens

    Unsuitable to Vote : Individuals Causing Notable Conflict of Interest in Local Council Elections – Original Article 6th

    The column that wasn’t – Marina Mahathir – 3rd March 2010

    Also these charts to prevent conflict of interest / vested interest :


    All the above should be 3rd Force Agenda. Any further thoughts and ideas? Remember that we are all leaders, that all citizens are equal in a modern democracy.

    3rd Force method will be to present a governance paradigm so transparent and attractive and protective of the Rakyat that everyone would vote for 3rd Force. MCLM of course can take up the above, which means I will not need to form anything to implement the above, but if they turn trojan on us, then we NEUTRAL 3rd Forcers must be very prepared to run on our own with whatever resources or knowledge we have.

    Finally this, where DAP looks like it's standards are slipping :

    DAP's democracy in Penang (Tuesday, November 16, 2010)

    Compensation for Rep's Kin – by Sunday Star – 18th APR 2010

    The Gambier Threat – Mid 2010

    Invasive By-Laws Against Sovereignty of Title/Land Owners

    The column that wasn’t – Marina Mahathir – 3rd March 2010

  2. I like your thoughts Mr.Anthony.There should be no compromise to doing the right thing.Compromise only breeds mediocrity.Haris Ibrahim is justified in calling for people of integrity.For too long now,we have people championing all kinds of ideology and slogans. Some of these people may even pass off as capable and charismatic but not for long! They eventually reveal their true colours,which is not service oriented but more self oriented.I am seriously thinking of answering Haris's call. I may be urbane but very much in touch with what ails our nation! What am I waiting for? An assurance to my prayers that there is no selfish thought in me! I have always seen my work as a calling,holding personalities like the late Kamaraj and Tok Guru Nik Aziz as role models. Anyone aspiring to publc service must do a lot of soul searching and willing to make sacrifices.

  3. What a shame. In a country of 26 million u can only find 20 men of integrity and they too are reluctant to take the plunge. What it tells us is that the country's values are deep set and it will need a gargantuan effort to reverse it. Why are they shunning the candidacy? it is common knowledge that politics is dirty and these people are self centered (I hate to use this word) but that has to be the conclusion. But who can blame them? They may not get the support desired as the populace will need something in return from them in the form of physical inducement (materiel including cash). Will the twenty parlimentarians selected will be able to make a change if they are elected? I doubt so. More likely the candidates u have in mind are too urbane. They will sure undertand the situation of the grassroots but may be unable to influence it.

    Yet something drastic needs to be done. I fully support this cause to reverse the situation from the ugly mouths of the dogs.

    Having served the country in the military for a good thirty years I am unable to enjoy the fruits of my fight and sacrifices. It is time for me to join te fight to obliterate the sinners and the corrupt (enemy within). Tell me how I can help as a responsible citizen…..? I have my life to give anyway.

  4. Dear Haris – offer yourself, take the millions offered, but dont be greedy, just take 21 million – give one million to each rakyat….tah dahhhhh.

  5. You have my names. One serious contender is anxiously waiting for training on candidacy. You have my other names of people who can work the training as well.

  6. Haris,

    Politik memerlukan ahli politik,bukan'reluctant politician'.Hanya ahli politik yg tahu bagaimana mahu mempengaruhi rakyat utk mengundi mereka.Maknusia sering berubah dan juga pandai berpura-pura, apabila kuasa dan wang berada di tangan mereka,semuanya akan jadi berbeda,jangan lah di sangka'reluctant politician'akan menjadi seorang wakil yg baik.

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