The Malaysian government is unwavering in its commitment to free and fair elections. Recent reforms by the Election Commission, such as the introduction of indelible ink and postal voting, underline our belief in democratic principles. Today we are making a further commitment to put those principles into practice by agreeing to internationally recognised standards of electoral transparency and fairness. I am proud to sign Transparency International’s Election Integrity pledge – and once Barisan Nasional’s general election nominees are announced, I will ensure that all of our candidates honour this agreement too.
The nominees have already gone through a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission screening process, to ensure they meet the high standards of integrity expected by the Malaysian public. Responsibility for fulfilling the pledge lies with its signatories, and it is a responsibility that I and my colleagues in Barisan Nasional take seriously. But it also places a duty on all Malaysians to hold their politicians to account. With an electoral system that is stronger than ever, and a personal commitment from our prospective MPs, it is my hope that the Malaysian people will give us the opportunity to continue our reform agenda.