Tuesday, May 25, 2010
PRM - Need for a revival & re-statement of positions
Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) is a party with a long history of having an option for the poor - workers, peasants, agricultural workers, justice and human rights.
What PRM needs to decide now is whether it would be an alternative party, with defined principles, positions and issues...or whether it will just be an Opposition party, against the UMNO-led BN and pro-Pakatan Rakyat? I believe that PRM must stand alone - cooperating with other parties, only when it comes to issues and maybe elections..PRM needs to commence membership drive to attract members from the younger generations, and be a real alternative.
DEMOCRACY - PRM should be for true democracy at all levels, and that will include democratically elected Local Councils, democratically elected Kampung/Kampung Baru/Taman people's leadership.
PRM should be pro-worker, insisting on greater worker rights including the right to unionize.
PRM should be for basis minimum living wage for all workers
PRM should be for job security - against the current practice of fixed-term contracts, that do not provide workers with job security until a retirement age of 55 (or 60). With short fixed term contracts of 6 months, 1 year or 2 years, it creates a lot of insecurity for the Malaysian worker and their families/dependents. After the contract period expires, workers end up having to find new jobs - and it becomes more and more difficult for the older workers.
Social Security - this scheme need to be extended to all workers, including the self-employed, farmers, fishermen,...and there must be an option of self-contribution...
Healthcare - it should be free universal healthcare for all.
What else?....Maybe there is a need to work out clearly new positions (which could be a reaffirmation of current positions..)