14th General Election critical test whether Malaysia can be normal democratic country where voters can peacefully and democratically elect the Federal government they want

This year, Malaysians celebrate the 60th Merdeka Day and 57th Malaysia Day anniversaries, and this is an important milestone to review our national successes and failures.

Despite thirteen General Elections in nearly six decades, Malaysia has yet to become a normal democratic country where voters can change the party or political coalition in government peacefully and democratically through the ballot box like other mature democracies without threats of national catastrophes.

In the past 60 years, there had been six democratic and peaceful changes of government in the United Kingdom, but not a single time in Malaysia.

In Asia, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan and even Philippines and Indonesia have more democratic traditions and practices than Malaysia, as the Japanese, Indians, South Koreans, Taiwanese and even Filipinos and Indonesians can use the ballot box to change the party or political coalition in power without any national disaster or calamities.

The case of South Korea should be a salutary reminder of how far we as a nation have fallen short of our expectations when we achieved Merdeka on August 31, 1957.

Sixty years ago, South Korea was very poor and backward, with a per capita GNP which is only one-third in this country. Today, South Korea is one of the richest, most developed and prosperous nations in the world.

Sixty years ago, any notion of democracy and human rights in South Korea was non-existent as it was ruled by a dictatorship. But today, the South Korean Parliament could impeach the South Korean President and eight judges of the South Korean Constitutional Court could unanimously uphold the impeachment of the South Korean President by the South Korean Parliament on charges of corruption and cronyism.

Can Malaysians to do the same thing against “MO1” which had earned for the country the international infamy and ignominy of a “global kleptocracy”?

Why is Malaysia so backward and behind South Korea in political and economic developments today, when we were ahead of South Korea on both scores sixty years ago.

All Malaysians should ask these question and look for the answers – why after six decades of nationhood, we failed to be an example and showcase to the troubled world as to how diverse races, languages, religions, cultures and civilisations could successfully co-exist and integrate to build a united, harmonious, purposive, democratic, just, progressive and prosperous nation.

The impending 14th General Election will be a critical test whether Malaysia can be a normal democratic country where voters can peacefully and democratically elect the government they want for the country.

Are all political parties and leaders prepared to prove their democratic credentials by declaring clearly and unequivocally that they would respect and abide by their voters’ choice expressed through the ballot box on general election day, including a peaceful and democratic change of the Federal Government?

(Speech at the DAP Pekan Nenas dinner in Pontian on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8pm)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 3:19 pm

    The recent defeat of Ahok in Jakarta shows the power of blind faith. Ahok has performed in fact remarkably in his first term as governor. Most of the voters believe he was slandered including more than 70% who voted against him.

    Here in Malaysia, you can be sure not very much less than 20% of Malay vote no matter what Hadi Awang or their Ulama votes. If Sarawak and Sabah do not completely flip or UMNO support drop to 20%, UMNO/BN will still win.

    Najib is not a leader or person who really compete. His entire life is about over privilleges, staking over whelming odds in his favour, over privillges, over entitlement.

    The opposition not only on a backfoot, they are pinned down ridiculously, and still they fight among themselves.

    Fact is even the opposition do not get it, Najib has pushed the nation beyond return of certain Islamic statism and failure. They dare not even argue it for fear of label of prejudice.

    Zakir Naik is a conman, yet we have both sides of Malay politics defending him in the name of Islam. A LITANY of false equivalence has been put forward and ignore he is a lying opportunist because they refuse to admit the faith is blind and ignorant.

    Third rail politics cannot be solved by determined men, otherwise US would not have their catrostrophic Middle East foreign policy. If third rail politics end in its own mess, it’s already an achievement but with this thing, it’s clear they know it can and wants everyone else to join them in their self-defeat.

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