My wish list for the new Pakatan Harapan government (Part 1)

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Tota has drawn up a wish list for the new Malaysia that has been ushered in.

With Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the general election, a new dawn is breaking for Malaysia bringing with it new hope for a new Malaysia.

Below is my wish list for the Pakatan Harapan government:

  • Ensure Malaysia remains a secular democracy.
  • Ensure that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land with the rule of law as its bedrock.
  • Ensure that everyone is equal under the law and build a new Bangsa Malaysia where race, religion and colour are not part of the equation.
  • Restore local council elections and ensure a participatory democracy.
  • Ensure fairer redrawing of constituency boundaries and a fairer weighting for urban-rural constituencies in terms of voters.
  • Build Malaysia into a genuine meritocracy while ensuring all government support or policies are needs-based to reach all sections of the population.
  • Establish a commission to ensure religious harmony.
  • Enact a race relations act to ensure good inter-ethnic relations.
  • Restore the independence of all institutions – the civil service, police, judiciary, Electoral Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Registrar of Societies, National Audit Department – that provide checks and balances and ensure good governance.
  • Bring about decentralisation of the government by awarding the states their due rights.
  • Appoint an Ombudsman to oversee good governance.
  • Ensure all elected representatives declare their income and assets in a public register.
  • Come down hard on corrupt politicians and civil servants.

Tota, short for Theatre Of The Absurd, is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to our Thinking Allowed section.

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