May 7, 2009
1Malaysia and all Reformist speeches all down the drain
This is Sivakumar being forcefully dragged out of the Speaker’s Seat from the Perak State Assembly House by the Police; before Zambry is put on the seat like a little puppet of BN (not like, but is) and Raja Nazrin begins his speech.
This is what democracy in Malaysia has been reduced to: brute force.
This week’s incidents clear any residual doubts about whether the 1Malaysia concept would indeed bring a difference. Let me be clear: It will not.
All talk has been effectively negated. Any speech that comes out from here onwards will only reek of rhetoric, which has been the suspicion of many, now confirmed.
Any talk of reform will and should, fall on deaf ears from today on. It is akin to the story of the boy crying wolf. Once bitten, twice shy. It is going to be extremely difficult for the current government to worm their ways out of this one. Everything that emerges from official statements about liberalisation and making necessary changes, all the talk about “the era of ‘Government knows best is over'” will now mean absolutely nothing. Nothing.
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