Antara Realita dan Mimpi Demokrasi di Malaysia – A Flashback and A Look Forward

This post is inspired by the Malaysiakini (www.malaysiakini.com) article – Calls for PM to resign will be handled internally.

So it appears that UMNO’s problems are serious after all. Serious enough to warrant Najib to say that such problems must ‘stay internal’:

Umno will deal internally the calls made by several Kedah Umno leaders for party president and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down, said Najib Abdul Razak today.najib abdullah umno 100408“It is an internal issue. We will address the matter internally,” said the party deputy president and deputy prime minister.Najib was commenting on reports yesterday that several Kedah delegates had blamed Abdullah for the Barisan Nasional’s poor showing in the March 8 polls during a meeting with the party’s management committee.
These delegates want Najib, who is also the management committee head, to take over the top post to save the party.

He declined to comment further on what transpired at the meeting yesterday. He also told reporters not to listen to rumours. 
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Several sources previously told Malaysiakini that the Johor leaders would be asking Abdullah to stipulate his retirement plan and indicate when he would allow Najib to take over.

It was not so long ago… that UMNO looked so strong….

And I remembered…

Sometime ago, in January I wrote a comment on Rock Bru’s post – Poster Mail#1– . This is the comment:

Dear Rocky,

It is quite depressing to read that the middle class supports the present status quo.

I see… your friend’s letter is quoting the Jakarta Post. This reminds me of the old adage: “raajat masih bodoh”.

I suppose in Malaysia we have to say: raajat masih bodoh tentang demokrasi…

This is very depressing… but perhaps there might be some hope.

Remember, that in 1996 and 1997, Suharto’s Orde Baru was very strong. In 1996, Suharto successfully engineered Megawati’s political downfall. Suharto was bapak pembangunan and everybody wants AIDS – aku ingin ditelepon Suharto.

But in 1998, everything changed….

Of course, Malaysia too almost had a reformasi that year…

Perhaps democracy activists and enthusiasts in Malaysia are all dreaming….

In that case, I better not continue commenting anymore…

That seems to be a long time ago before March 8… before the 8th of March I sincerely believe that democracy activists in Malaysia are all dreaming… after all in 1998, the reformasi in Malaysia “failed” miserably…

But after the 8th of March 2008, everything changed…

A paradigm shift took place…. which is named as the “political tsunami“…

This “political tsunami” has greatly shaken the old political order…

I wonder what will happen in the future….

I wonder…

 

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