I Am Free from Corruption Run Spreads to Malaysia
13 March 2014
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippines' Freedom Run is now replicated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spearheaded by Gerakan Wanita, a member party of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), which is a partner of FNF, the run also has the slogan "I'm free from corruption."
Gerakan representatives participated in the Freedom Run in Quezon City, Philippines in November 2013 where over 3,000 runners joined. Gerakan Wanita's chief Tan Lian Hoe said in a statement that the run is one of the party's "efforts to create awareness among the public about the importance of fighting corruption, together with the authorities." Gerakan's run is set on 20 April 2014 in KL. A series of runs will follow across the 14 states in Malaysia on different dates, according to the activity's website.
"The Freedom Run has become a venue for citizens and public officials to come together and work for a common cause. Corruption affects everybody so all of us should do something to address it. We are happy to have started and to share an innovative approach that involves more people in our advocacy against corruption," said FNF Philippines Country Director Jules Maaten. " We wish our Malyasian friends all possible success," he added.
FNF Philippines presented the Freedom Run to other FNF offices in the South East and East Asia region as a best practice in promoting freedom and good governance. In November 2013, it was showcased at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France. It is also featured in the Best Practices Manual on Democracy Education, published by the Council for a Community of Democracies, supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund. The next Freedom Run is slated for October 2014.