The DAP or Democratic Action Party was founded
on 18th March 1966. Using its symbol of the
the DAP had contested in 10 general elections
from 1969 to 2008.
The DAP is committed
to the struggle for a free, democratic socialist
Malaysian Malaysia, based on the principles
of human rights, equality, social and economic
justice, and founded on the institution of parliamentary
As democratic socialists or social democrats,
we desire a social order whereby there can be
free development of the human personality within
the community; just distribution of the fruits
of our labour; equality and social justice as
the norms; and value and dignity placed on human
Equality is the precondition of free development
of personality. It does not mean uniformity
and levelling out, but opposition against exploitation
and against the privileges of those controlling
economic and political power.
Democratic socialism upholds the right to work
and concern for the well-being of people of
all classes, the right to a humane and clean
environment, the right to comprehensive education
and training of one's choice, as well as the
right to participate in administration and all
As a member of Socialist
International (SI), we are one with democratic
socialists or social democrats throughout the
world fighting for the cause of humanity and
social democracy. We are in solidarity with
oppressed peoples who oppose unjust wars and
production of weapons for war and who advocate
peace and prosperity based on equal co-operation
aided by scientific knowledge and technical
Solidarity is the strongest weapon in the struggle
against oppression and injustice and it embraces
all the peoples of the world. All who subscribe
to these fundamental values are our allies and
our friends against tyranny, dictatorship, corruption,
exploitation and oppression.
The national struggles for democratic socialism
in the years to come will reveal differences
in policy and divergences on legislative provisions.
These will reflect the different histories and
pluralism of varied societies. Socialists do
not claim to possess the blueprint for a fixed
and ultimate society, which cannot be changed,
reformed or further developed. In a movement
committed to democratic self-determination,
there will always be room for creativity since
each and every people and generation must set
their own goals.
Individual freedom and basic rights in society
are the preconditions of human dignity for all.
These rights cannot replace one another, nor
can they be played off against each other. Socialists
protect the inalienable right to life and to
physical safety, freedom of belief and free
expression of opinion, and freedom of association
and protection from torture and degradation.
Socialists are committed to achieving freedom
from hunger and wants, genuine social security
and the right to work.
Democratic socialism also means cultural democracy.
There must be equal rights and opportunities
for the different cultures within each society
as well as equal access for everyone to the
national and global cultural heritage.
DAP, to make Malaysia a better society