Dr M has finally made M'sia a democracy, now cash is not king - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Agree with the Commander and David Dass. Moreover, a free election does not a democracy make, not yet. Three other elements are required to call yourselves a democracy:
1. Co-equal separation of the executive (PM), legislative and judicial branches, and if you have a Supreme Court, then the Court should rule on the constitutionality of laws, not rubbish about students committing khalwat and so on.
2. Accountability of public servants. 3. A free and unfettered press, with the same freedom of expression extended to the public. And I don't mean freedom EXCEPT for statements that "hurt [somebody's] feelings." I mean freedom of speech means freedom of speech.
Malaysiakini has barely escaped the clutches of mainland China-style censorship and outright shutting down. Now let's see if Mahathir doesn't repeat his Look East policies, this time toward China, and emulate China's all-too efficient censorship practices - Tony Soprano
Malaysiakini : “People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
COMMENT |Dr Mahathir Mohamad has finally made Malaysia a democracy. I am typing this while in Malaysiakini. I owe a great debt to Malaysiakini,
co-founders Steven Gan and Premesh Chandran. They gave me an
opportunity to write when the mainstream media was censoring or ignoring
Also to Dr KJ John, who introduced me to Steven, who in turn assured
me that speaking truth to power, whoever that power is, would not be
censored in Malaysiakini. Malaysia finally has a two-party system, as how I defined it in my last piece.
I have no idea how the losing party will redefine itself, but that is
not important. What is important is that the former prime minister has
finally broken the chokehold that Umno had over the Malay community. He
has unleashed the genie from the bottle. What has he released?