By Debra Chong June 19, 2011
PKR Youth chief, Shamsul Iskandar tells the members to headline the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 — Picture by Choo Choy May
SHAH ALAM, June 19 — PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin has instructed the wing to man the frontline in the upcoming Bersih 2.0 rally in the federal capital to prove today’s youngsters were the country’s real agents of change.
Shamsul had sounded the rallying cry in response to party advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s earlier challenge to the youth wing.
“This is our country, not Umno’s. It’s up to us to make the change. If we don’t, I am sure our beloved country will be destroyed,” the lawyer told PKR members assembled here last night on the eve of its convention themed “Yakin Berani Berubah” (“Confident Courageous Change”).
Anwar tells PKR youth they are theconscience of the majority during the party youth wing’s assembly last night. — Picture by Choo Choy May
He reminded the wing against being complacent because corruption, one of the key issues fuelling Bersih’s call for change, was central to their livelihood.
PKR is among several groups that have pledged to take part in the electoral reform organisation’s July 9 march for free and fair elections, prompting Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to question Bersih’s non-partisan stand.
“They are trying to use street demonstrations against the government to achieve their road to Putrajaya,” Muhyiddin told reporters in Sabah after opening the Beaufort Umno’s annual meeting yesterday.
Shamsul scoffed at the DPM’s remark and said PKR Youth was taking part in Bersih’s July 9 rally to push the national electoral reforms, adding that if its message was not heeded, the youths would resort to the “street” method.