The Umno-dominated BN government’s mantra is that Malaysia is not ready for so many things that are basic in all truly democratic and progressive countries, observes Tota.
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Democratic reforms should not be confined to the electoral process but should also encompass larger institutions and structures – and that is why we must also introduce parliamentary reforms, writes Francis Loh.
Najib’s replacement for the Sedition Act may be perceived by many Malaysians as an uncreative attempt at seducing them into voting for the BN even though the new law may still harbour undemocratic elements, observes Mustafa K Anuar.
Parents actually have a duty to children to teach them about democracy and the exercise of democracy, says Angeline Loh.
While Tun Razak at least had the gumption to meet up in with representatives of ISA detainees on a hunger strike in 1967 to try and end their fast, what have we got from his son Najib, asks Tan Pek Leng.
Wong Chun Wai’s statement that the faithful must not be afraid to challenge their religious leaders if they are wrong prompts John Inbaraj to ask The Star’s group chief editor a searching question.
The solution to extreme political partisanship may be found in creating a political culture in which the ideas and moral virtues of governance can be debated in the political realm, observes Ronald Benjamin.
This whole episode is related to Umno’s survival in the next general election, observes P Ramakrishnan. They have to take control of KPF by whatever means it takes to exert their authority over the Felda settlers.
The powers-that-be must get it into their thick heads that the whole country, every inch of it, belongs to the people, asserts Tota.
Tota compares the contrasting reactions to calls for atrocities to be investigated in a couple of western democracies and in Malaysia.