A civil society coalition is demanding fair access to the mainstream media for all political parties and a Najib-Anwar debate so that voters can make an informed choice. Christopher Chong reports.
Are we moving towards a progressive culture of policy making or are we being stumped by political rhetoric, wonders Running Out Of Inspiration.
For all the talk about a progressive Malaysia undergoing great transformation towards becoming the ‘best democracy’ around, unfortunately, as we head to the 13th general election, we need to brace ourselves for more silliness, laments Zaharom Nain.
In a democracy, dissenting voices are part and parcel of societal life just as opinions in agreement with the government have their rightful place. So is it asking too much for equal space in the media for dissent, asks Mustafa K Anuar.
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.
Chistopher Chong reminds elected reps that they are public servants whose job it is to ensure the welfare of all Malaysians by focusing on public issues rather than personal political gains.
It is a real pity that Najib has turned down Anwar’s challenge to debate their economic policies, says P Ramakrishnan. Najib’s decision has not taken anyone by surprise but Malaysians are disappointed that the premier has failed to justify his criticism of Pakatan’s plan through a televised national debate.
There is a real danger not only of driving the ‘social contract’ debate underground but also of reinforcing or entrenching ethnocentric interpretations that do not reflect the true intent of the constitutional agreement more than 50 years ago, say five scholars.
It is critical that this public sphere is expanded so that there can be debate on alternative ideas and insights about our past, our present, and our future, says Francis Loh.