Serious malapportionment of voters in the various state and parliamentary constituencies in Sarawak undermines the democratic principle of one person one vote, asserts Andrew Aeria.
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When the Kangar Municipal Council tried to terminate the unsatisfactory services of a privatised rubbish collection contractor, it was told that the contractor had a 22-year contract with a federal entity. Francis Loh describes the stinking situation.
The MACC must be given real independence so that it can prosecute offenders without getting the nod from the Attorney General, writes Ronald Benjamin.
The current eight-day campaign period for general elections is too short and the playing field is far from level when opposition parties are denied fair access to the print and electronic media, points out Andrew Aeria.
Many problems continue to trouble Umno and despite Najib’s best efforts, the party seemingly lacks the infusion of new blood, new ideas and strategies to deal with the Opposition, writes Johan Saravanamuttu.
To ensure that the ruling party does not exploit government resources and machinery to win elections, the concept of a neutral caretaker government has been adopted by many countries, says Faisal Hazis.
It defies all logic that in this era of efficient, electronic government, the Election Commission cannot link its computer system with that of the National Registration Department (NRD), says Andrew Aeria.
If we are against corruption, then we should be against dishonesty in all its forms, big or small, says Frank.
The minister in the prime minister’s department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, doesn’t seem to understand basic things concerning democracy. His notion of democracy is woefully dismal and disappointing. His ignorance on issues of democracy is alarming!
Has the education system been reviewed? If it has been, there seem to be few progressive policies implemented, complain Very Angry Parents.