KUALA LUMPUR - By the most obvious yardstick, this country of 25 million people is a democracy: Malaysia has held regular elections since independence from Britain five decades ago.
Yet during that time power has remained in the hands of one coalition, the media has remained slavishly pro-government, the courts have often hewed closely to the government line and critics of the country’s leadership have been detained without trial in periodic crackdowns.
Now Malaysia may be on the brink of a liberal, more democratic era.
The governing coalition is facing the very real possibility of losing its grip on power to the opposition leader,Anwar Ibrahim, who says he has enough votes to bring down the government and might do so as early as this week.
Mr. Anwar promises that if he become prime minister, he would not only scrap laws that muzzle criticism, but also upend the father-knows-best style of government and end a longstanding policy that favored the country’s majority Malays over other ethnic groups.click here for full: Malaysian Seeks End to Decades of Firm Rule
New York Times, United States -
This is usefull too: Anwar berjanji buang polisi pro Melayu!!
Anwar should have been more sincere to the kampung people during Permatang Pauh by election campaign. Or this particular promise is meant for the west, chinese and indians communities and not the Malays?
Translating Anwars promise into actions would probably look like this, and of course the names and events are all fictitious, i should stress, the list below is not meant to be true...
Perdana Menteri: Joe Anwar
Timbalan Perdana Menteri: A.R. Singh
Ketua Polis Negara: Pedrious
Ketua Hakim Negara: Arjunasinggara
Gabenor Bank Negara: Krishnan
Ketua Setiausaha negara: Alfonso
Menteri Luar: Albert Tang
Menteri Kewangan: Joe Anwar
Menteri Kebajikan Masyarakat: Hj Saman
Menteri Asas Tani: Hj Usman
Kolej Melayu dibubarkan.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu ditukar nama.
Askar Melayu dimansuhkan.
Tidak ada keistimewaan orang Melayu lagi dalam apa hal, ekonomi, pelajaran dan hal-hal tanah.
On a lighter note, i would say "why not?" and many will volunteer to convey this message to the kampung people, so that they can now see beyond the sweet smiles and sweet talk and most important, the future of motherland in the hand of Anwar Ibrahim hailed from Cherok Tok Kun.