Billions of ringgit have been siphoned out of the country over the years. Martin Jalleh sums up the dire situation.
Anwar had planned to push for accountability and good governance from within Umno – but he was sacked from the party at lightning speed, recalls Hishamuddin Yahaya.
This is a video produced by Komas on the political changes that resulted from the watershed 2008 general election.
Many of us have been helpless and at the mercy of all-powerful appointed councillors and heads who are meant to serve us. Local council elections will thus benefit us, the ordinary rakyat, asserts Rani Rasiah.
In Malaysia, politicians are rarely held accountable for their misdeeds and those guilty rarely resign, observes our Thinking Allowed correspondent. The absence of shame among them is mind-boggling.
Malaysians must strive for a new non-racial future for all. Failure is not an option, says Zaid Ibrahim.
P Ramakrishnan says that ordinary people should vote responsibly so that the BN is not given another huge mandate to perpetuate its arrogance and lack of accountability.
We take umbrage to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s statement which was reported in the NST on 31 December 2007. He was quoted as saying, “The country will go bankrupt if the government reduces oil prices, which are sky-rocketing in the world market. It is not possible for the opposition to bring fuel prices down. It simply does not make sense…they are just trying to fool the people.
“We can use Petronas’ profits to reduce fuel prices, but only if we forego development projects like building schools and universities.”
Yeo Yang Poh warns us that ‘the politics of disappearance’ – the gradual disappearance of societal pillars such as justice, fairness, democracy and accountability – is becoming more pervasive in Malaysia. It is time for Malaysians to banish such disappearances. No justice for sale! No more vanishing tricks!
If the ruling coalition is denied a two-thirds parliamentary majority, it would be forced to become accountable, to respect the people’s rights and to conduct itself responsibly and prudently. It is time to usher in a new era of accountable politics, says K George.