The things our PM said when commenting on public rallies during election campaigns are really amazing. See what The Star has reported, here. He and his party UMNO are obviously against public rallies being allowed. His simple view of democracy :: "True democracy is when people are allowed to elect their representatives through the ballot" is certainly wanting. Is this all that democracy is about, going to the ballot box once every 4 or 5 years and after that living happily and quietly and nonquestioningly till the next election?
Democracy is that and much much more.
de-moc-ra-cy Pronunciation: (di-mok'ru-sE), . 1. government by the people, of the people, for the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 2. a state having such a form of government: . 3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges. 4. political or social equality; democratic spirit. 5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
I certainly don't see democracy being "equated with the right to walk naked down the street". But I certainly agree that " Mass election rallies are not the only yardstick to gauge a democratic country". But they do help to provide a more level field for a "participatory democracy". Public rallies allow the various contending political parties to have the voters informed of what the parties have in store for the voters as a result of their votes. Issues affecting the lives of the voters can be highlighted and solutions offered. Misdeeds of the previous governments can also see the light of day. Hence public rallies can contribute to a free electoral system.
For our PM of more than 22 years to say that " that supporters of political parties, especially the opposition, were not yet mature enough to gather at open rallies without causing disturbances", reflects poorly on the BN and himself for ever since we gain Independence the ruling party has been the BN in one form or another. If the western colonialists had said this some 50 or 70 years ago, it would have been understandable. But this day and by the person who has been in power the past 22 years! No can understand! As for "causing disturbances", our mighty PDRM which is "always on top of things" eg KMM, JI and FSFM, should have little problem dealing with these trouble makers. Our PM should not think poorly of our PDRM's Malaysia Boleh spirit and abilities.
And what's this from our PM :: "I read an Internet news website report which claimed that it (the Election Commisssion) is not free, but they are free to voice such opinions,” . I am glad he is no different from many other thinking Malaysians, he reads M.......kini and agrees "they are free to voice such opinions".
Surely our PM must have been misquoted by the press, for after having looked after us for more than 22 years, the result cannot, cannot be "democratically immatured us", heaven forbids! Remember Malaysia and the rest of the democratic world are watching, let the public rallies roll.
N.B. Public rallies during election campaigns were suspended firstly for the period, May 1969 to Feb 1971 and for the second occasion from 1978. For more details see this.
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