Bersih is not about Ambiga or Anwar. They are the mere catalysts not the causes. Malaysians want a change for the better, writes Hope.
With the just concluded political debate between MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, we have crossed the Rubicon. There is no turning back from this kind of debate in the future.
Aliran is troubled by ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent prediction in warning Prime Minister Najib Razak that Israel and the United States were “conspiring to cause a regime change in Malaysia through ‘a puppet government’ to be led by Anwar (Ibrahim)”.
Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal surprised many and it has surely changed the dynamics of the local political scenario ahead of the coming general election.
In our cover story, P Ramakrishnan looks at the unexpected outcome of the case and believes that public sentiment on the ground played a big role.
Those who cling on to power against the rules of conscience, fair-play and the will of the people are cowards, writes John Inbaraj.
What wasn’t expected surprisingly happened. The High Court acquitted and discharged Anwar. That decision took everyone by surprise and they hoped that it would be the end of this sordid affair.
Because it was a politically motivated trial, the ultimate acquittal decision was grounded in politics, observes Tommy Thomas.
While the prosecution went all out to obtain a conviction using highly questionable methods, the powers-that-be could not ignore the sentiment on the ground, observes P Ramakrishnan.
With the distracting circumstances surrounding the Anwar trial removed, politicians can focus on the real issues confronting Malaysia: corruption, rising national debt, declining energy reserves, the gulf between rich and poor, and inter-religious and inter-ethnic issues, writes Anil Netto.
The days have long gone when we should be excited at something which was the norm in Malaysia from independence until the 1980s: true freedom enjoyed by institutions in the country, writes Ali Kadir.