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.