Who are ‘the Rakyat’?

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How do we define “the Rakyat”? Melisa Idris and Sharaad Kuttan of Astro Awani speak to Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, lawyer and activist, to reflect on how the Rakyat is understood and represented.

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
29 Feb 2020 10.31am

UNDER THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WHERE A FEW ELECTED POLITICIANS ARE IN POWER, IS IT NOT A CASE THAT ‘RAKYAT’ MAY NOT EXIST AS NONE IN THE COMPETITION FOR THE POST OF PM AND THUS POWER, HAS GONE TO THE PEOPLE TO GET THEIR VIEWS?
‘PEOPLE’ EXIST ONLY PRIOR TO ELECTIONS AND AFTER WHICH DO THEY STILL CONTINUE TO EXIST, MAY BE DOUBTFUL AS MAY BE EVIDENCED BY WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE TUSSLE FOR POWER AND CONSTANT CHANGE IN LOYALTIES AMNG THOSE ASPIRING TO BE IN LEADERSHIP?