Malaysia’s democracy must be better and stronger than before.
Unfortunately, the events that has recently taken place uncovers the fragility and weaknest of our democracy
Post-modern Malaysia could have been exemplary to other developing nations about how our democracy could revolutionise into a democratic system that is filled with local wisdom and bore many achievements with Malaysia being the most successful developing nation.
However, the opposite is happening. The quality of our leadership is regressing with members of Parliament acting recklessly based on selfish needs and not on principles or values.
Freedom of speech and expression is shrinking with various ordinance and impositions that instill fear rather than responsibility into the people.
This is coupled with the context of the hung Parliament and our crippling Constitution. All of these are deteriorations of our democratic values which is extremely worrying.
Malaysia must come out of this democratic deficit. We have to be better and strive to excel in governing this nation while presenting progressive democratic values.
To allow Malaysia’s potential to continue in its current position is devastating.
To all Malaysians, we have a collective responsibility to improve Malaysia’s democracy.
Whether we are a Cabinet Minister, a public servant, an opposition politician, a member of civil society, or even just a layman, let us revive our democratic values to a level that is better than what it is today.
This country is ours. The people of this country dream of a prosperous homeland that truly makes Malaysia feel like they belong.
Thus, let us work towards recovering our democracy with haste. Do whatever we can for the sake of finally, with our collective effort, uplifting Malaysia’s democracy to a better and more progressive place.
Dato Seri Utama Mohamad bin Haji Hasan is Umno Deputy President