Our quench for real democracy has never eroded. The struggle in achieving it is exceedingly tough as the nation has never been able to incubate the system of democracy as it should be. Mahathir in many instances claimed that we have our own mold of democracy and Westminster Abbey democracy does not go with Malaysia. Our democracy will only suit to Malaysia if the people accept that only UMNO rules and should recognize that corruptions is part and parcel of our democracy. To change the government is forbidden and saying anything right is an offense and may be deemed as unpatriotic.
Power and authority is centralized to the Prime Minister and that is democracy. Democracy declines remarkably since 3 decades ago with this over centralization of power to the executives with new authoritarian and undemocratic legislation. Our doctrine and tenets for independence which was for the people to be happy was crushed when the democracy we endeared dearly were putrefied by prostituting the system (democracy) by the depraved and power crazy leaders in UMNO and BN.
The excessive infringement of the executives on the Judiciary and Legislative since our great Mahathir’s era turned our politics into severely undemocratic atmosphere. With the amplification Official Secret Act and Printing & Publications Act we have seen the corrosion of the democratic Rule of Law and authoritarian rule of law shapes in our system of so called ‘our own set of democratic’ system as popularly envisaged by Mahathir during his tenure as the chief of the Executive for 22 long years.
The separation of powers between the Legislative, Judiciary and the Executive is vanished totally since every single decision is the right of the Executive solely. Since then there has been no freedom of press as written unmistakably by the Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. Mainstream media is in total control of the power house which is used as a political tool by the party and government of the day to justify the centralization of power vested on them by some devious Acts of Parliament.
The obsession of centralization of power to the Prime Minister has ultimately turned the country to be very politically infectious undemocratic process of democracy. The lope-sided news and trumped-up stories with the sole purpose of playing dirty and unprofessional editorial practices of the mainstream media and it has become obsessive and compulsive. This only tells every one that the party in power is in a desperate state of affairs. The control of the mainstream is seen as insufficient as a tool to support this devious power house with the advent of the alternative and social media in current days.
I am touching on this issue because the mainstream media is being made used to the optimum by the ruling party without basic decorum and professionalism that is usually attested to the real and ethical media practice everywhere in the advanced and newly emerging democratic nations.
Indonesia has been serious in transforming democracy and that nation has obviously advanced in the democracy and currently has become the biggest democracy in Asia after India. The media is more open and transparent and every contesting party is accessible to the mainstream media. Let us divulge to an opinion that the Indonesian has done it and has paved the way for the enhancement of democracy which now leads to better Indonesia with floods of FDI (foreign direct investment) coming in that great nation which is by far the biggest in South East Asia.
Where are we now? We are just slightly better than Myanmar while the rest of Soutn East Asian nations are far ahead leaving us behind struggling vainly to get to the fundamentals of nation building.
Let us grow up, and take the 13th GE to restart a new nation.