Can a Revolution in Malaysia Install a Better Regime?

I was reading Azly Rahman’s column in Malaysiakini – With whom will the army stroll?

One thing interest me… in particular towards the end of his story. He said this:

No army can defeat revolutionary forces that install better regimes through peaceful, silent, ethical and intelligent means. No iron bars can imprison the conscience and the yearn for one to speak the truth to power. The goodness in men and women will be the best police and the best army.

Man is born free yet everywhere he is in chains.

No army on our streets, please. We are Malaysians. We must let justice take it natural course.

One thing interest me, the sentence: No army can defeat revolutionary forces that install better regimes through peaceful, silent, ethical and intelligent means.

I wonder what he really mean by that… What does he mean by “revolutionary forces that install better regimes” ?

What does he mean by “better regimes” ?

Now, I do accept there have been revolutions that install better regime. But in many more revolutions, the new regimes are much worse than the old ones… And sometimes in the countries where the revolutions took place, there follows long periods of instability and chaos after the revolution.

Take for example France. Do you know that after the Revolution, there were long periods of terror and intimidation, and then Europe was engulfed with war due to that Revolution. Take another example Mexico. The 1910 Revolution that overthrew the dictator Porfirio Diaz was followed by periods of civil war and unrest. Do you know that the population of Mexico decreased during those periods? And take for example Indonesia. The 1945-1950 Revolution did not produce material benefits for her people (except for the fact that the nation is independent)? The promised economic benefit failed to materialise, and then the parliamentary government collapsed and Sukarno came in with a new idea ( Konsepsi) and then launched the disastrous Ekonomi Terpimpin and farcical Demokrasi Terpimpin. During those days the per-capita income of Indonesia plummeted so much… And then even sadly, Suharto launched his revolution and took over…. And a period of darkness called Orde Baru lasted until 1998.

Do you see what I mean?

Ah.. yes Azly also mentioned that these revolutionary forces install better regimes through peaceful, silent, ethical and intelligent means.

Like what? Like in India? Hey !!! Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist don’t you know… and despite being relatively peaceful, the British Raj was replaced by the Nehru Raj and followed by the Indira Gandhi Raj… and millions of Indians stayed poor and millions of Indians are born into these world by those millions of poor Indians. Do see what I am getting into?

If you know that that are many revolutions of the past failed to deliver the promised change, can you say that a revolution in Malaysia will install a better regime?

And one more thing… why “revolution”? Perhaps Azly Rahman might want to explain the difference between “revolution” and “reformasi”.

Yes… I am now waiting for a follow up to Azly Rahman’s With whom will the army stroll? in Malaysiakini.

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