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Anwar the voice of democracy in Malaysia? November 8, 2008

Posted by malaysianstory in Uncategorized.

You must be joking.

The so-called champion of democracy could not even wait to achieve his ultimate dream of becoming Prime Minister.

His haste and attempt to seize control of government prove otherwise and is indeed undemocratic. But do we bother to question what sort of democracy he is advocating.

Does he know what democracy means?

There are many varieties of democracy, some hypothetical and some realized. But let me define the simple meaning of democracy.

Democracy is a system of government by which political sovereignty is retained by the people and either exercised directly by citizens or through their elected representatives. It is derived from the Greek δημοκρατία ([demokratia], “popular government” which was coined from δήμος (dēmos), “people” and κράτος (kratos), “rule, strength” in the middle of the 5th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens.

So let me eleborate the further meanings of demoraccy.

  1.  representation of people: the right to a form of government in which power is invested in the people as a whole, usually exercised on their behalf by elected representatives.
  2. democratic nation: a country with a democratically elected government
  3. democratic system of government: a system of government based on the principle of majority decision-making
  4. control of organization by members: the control of an organization by its members, who have a right to participate.

In this retrospective of democracy, it is obvious that Anwar’s meaning of democracy is highly questionable and unacceptable, a stark contrast of its true meaning and demand.

To seize power through the defection of rival elected representatives to make two-thirds majority he requires to form the government is certainly undemocratic.

I believe Anwar, who has a sodomy case pending against him, will not attain his dream to become PM through his autocratic manner.



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