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.
At this critical moment, the PM is obliged to give his word of honour that the 13th general election would only be held after the electorals reforms have been put in place. Otherwise, this PSC would become a sham committee, says P Ramakrishnan.
The opposition Workers’ Party made history winning a Group Representation Constituency and a Single Member Constituency. The people of Singapore too made history, making this change possible, reports Think Centre.
For deep-rooted change to take place, a society’s value system has to be transformed to make them more sensitive to the importance of protecting the environment and empowering marginalised communities, says Anil Netto.