World leading contemporary Islamic philosopher and thinker Prof Tariq Ramadan has offered six principles of governance which break the stereotype that frames Muslim administrations as anti-democratic and anti-human rights, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
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.
Refusal to implement urgent police reforms would be highly irresponsible as it would continue exposing the public to the threat of crime at home and on the streets, writes Wong Chin Huat.
Without electoral reforms we cannot call ours a democratic country, let alone the world’s best democracy, observes Tota.
There seems to be a sudden move by the National Registration Department to register foreigners as citizens, notes Angeline Loh.
The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) does not need to win two-thirds control of Parliament to improve the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as such plans would not necessarily be opposed by Pakatan Rakyat (PR), say its lawmakers. Shazwan Mustafa Kamal and Mohd Farhan Darwis report for the Malaysian Insider.
To enhance democracy in Malaysia, there is an urgent need to enhance the autonomy and independence of the Election Commission, asserts Francis Loh.
Though elections have been largely free, there remains a major problem: they have not been conducted fairly or cleanly, writes Francis Loh.
Can Malaysia reform in time? Farish Noor believes change will happen; whether it comes from within or without. Or perhaps from both ends at the same time.
This year has been a memorable year for Malaysians in our struggle for democracy and recognition of human rights in our country.