This is an open letter to the Prime Minister.
Dear Honourable Prime Minister, this is just a quick note letting you know that I can neither be silent nor indifferent to the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill recently placed before the Parliament and which you seem only too eager to rush through, even going so far as expecting the public to buy ‘cat in bag’ through such statements as: “You have nothing to fear. This did not come like a thief in the night” and “Be not afraid. This will place more power in your hands. You have nothing to fear.”
You utter these words, Madam PM, with a straight face while seeking to effectively take away the right of persons to support a political party of their choosing—even if that party is at the given moment a minority party—and force such persons to either cast their ballot for one of the ethnically based parties or not vote at all. The end result will not be more power in the hands of the people; on the contrary, it will only serve to undermine our democracy, not enhance it.
Those of us who have spent our lifetime trying to build a country in which all our people, regardless of race, class, religion or geography can truly flourish, have a duty to tell the public very clearly that indeed there is much to fear should this suite of amendments becomes law as they presently stand and therefore must be resolutely resisted. In particular, those dealing with the phantom recall of the elected representative and the proposal for a second run-off in the case where a candidate does not receive 50 per cent of the vote cast.
Indeed, I will have much more to say on this and other governance issues as they relate to your administration as well as the constitutional changes I see as being fundamental to bringing into being a truly participatory democracy in which the citizen is recognised as the source of all political power.
At this time, I am compelled to join with all those who have raised their voices in condemnation of both the proposed amendments and the manner in which such far reaching proposals were brought to Parliament. To govern well, a government must govern for all its citizens, not for itself. That can be the only true meaning of: serve the people, serve the people, serve the people. To do this, I urge you let the many ideas contend but in the end, withdraw the bill, and let ten thousand flowers bloom. Any other outcome is certain to be filled with regret. The choice is yours, Madam Prime Minister.