Malaysia should move past Mahathir’s tactics

Malaysia should move past Mahathir’s tactics

SEPT 24 – Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is, in one respect at least, no different from his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He claims to represent change, but there has been precious little.

Instead of moving his country forward by allowing genuine democracy and rule of law, he has given priority to his party’s battle to maintain its grip on power. The situation, for Malaysia’s sake, cannot continue.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim appears in court today to face sodomy allegations, just as he did 10 years ago. There are, again, suspicions the prosecution is politically motivated. The Internal Security Act, the law that allows detention without trial for up to two years, has been used this month to again intimidate and silence critics. These are tactics Dr Mahathir used so effectively to hold on to power. But Malaysia has, surely, moved on from those days.


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Anwar: No contact with PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 – Opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was unaware of any negotiation between the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Yesterday, PKR information chief, Tian Chua reportedly said that the federal opposition has been negotiating with Abdullah through intermediaries; the Prime Minister later issued a denial.

“I am not aware of any negotiations taking place between Pakatan Rakyat and the Prime Minister-statements made yesterday suggesting that a line of communication was open were misinformed,” said Anwar in a statement.

However he is confident that the Pakatan Rakyat will soon form the federal government but did not provide any deadline.


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‘We must unite to overcome political and economic crisis’

By Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

SEPT 24 – I write this as a Malaysian, as someone who, over 47 years of political life, has had the privilege of playing some small part in the formation our country, the building of its institutions, and our achievement of a degree of economic sufficiency. I write out of deep concern about the present state of our country.

In the lives of nations as of individuals, there come moments of profound possibility, when the potential for self-transcendence and for self-destruction are simultaneously present.

As before some critical examination in our youth, we come to the daunting realisation that we hold our future in our hands, when how we will fare many years hence, and whether we shall flourish or languish, will depend on how we conduct ourselves now, in this small window of time.


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