13
Dec
15

Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one

Kit Siang: Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one

Malaysia has held 13 General Elections in 56 years but there has not been a single change of Federal Government in Putrajaya from the Umno-led coalition, which makes Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one.

KUALA LUMPUR: In 63 years in sixteen General Elections in India, pointed out suspended Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, there have been five changes of government between the Indian Congress and Opposition coalitions. “The last change of government through the ballot box was in the 16th Indian General Election in 2014 with Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.”

“Modi is the fifth Prime Minister of India resulting from a change of government through the ballot box in a general election.”

The first time India had a change of government through the ballot box was in the sixth Indian general election in 1977 when the Indian Congress which had ruled India for 30 years was voted out of office, replaced by an Opposition coalition headed by Morarji Desai of the Indian Congress under Indira Gandhi won back federal power in the seventh Indian general election in 1980 but BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leading an Opposition coalition captured New Delhi in the 11th to 13th Indian General Elections from 1996 – 1999.

Indian Congress leading a coalition of parties won back the Indian Federal Government in the 14th and 15th General Elections in 2004 and 2008 under Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister.

In comparison, he added, Malaysia has held 13 General Elections in 56 years but there has not been a single change of Federal Government in Putrajaya from the Umno-led coalition, which makes Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one. “Malaysia cannot claim to be a normal democracy unless it is possible to achieve a change of power through the ballot box.”

In fact, argued Lim, a well-known scholar has advanced the “two turnover test” for a functioning democracy, i.e. to pass this test, political power must peacefully change hands to the Opposition, and back again, as such a test establishes that the political elites are willing to abide by the “rules of the game”.

Are Najib and Umno prepared to abide by the “rules of the game” and accept their place in the Opposition if the voters in the 14th General Election decide that Pakatan should form the Federal Government in Putrajaya? asked Lim. “Up to now, Umno leaders have been quite ambivalent on this question, as they had been breathing fire and brimstone and warning of apocalypse if Umno loses power.

…more
Kit Siang: Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one
November 30, 2015 – FMT

Advertisements

0 Responses to “Malaysian democracy a most abnormal one”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Nuclear lessons for Malaysia (Part 1) (Part 2)
BN govt is directing attention to distant past and distant future, in order to distract people from present misdeeds and poor governance
Felda - A picture is worth a thousand words
How the 1MDB Scandal Spread Across the World (WSJ)
We cannot afford ridiculously expensive RM55 Billion ECRL!
All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?

Archives


%d bloggers like this: