YOURSAY ‘Dr M’s lone voice is louder and stronger than all the Umno’s.’
Dr M cites Marcos, says rallies needed for lawless gov’t
Quigonbond: Former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad would within his own set of principles try not to lend too much credence to civil disobedience because in his mind, rallies are what made him retired while he was at the top.
To him, former DPM Anwar Ibrahim was wrong to try to unseat him. But we have come a long way from May 13 and even reformasi. Bersih is organised by civil society, of civil society and for civil society.
As he begrudgingly admits, it was the tool to bring down Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. And isn’t that a fitting analogy when we compare Imelda’s lavish lifestyle with Rosmah Mansor?
Hence, there is nothing wrong if Mahathir decides that Malaysians are finally ready to use rallies as a forum to express disaffection.
It is a tool, and every tool can cut both ways. So he should also accept that Bersih can also continue to protest if BN continues to be corrupt and incompetent, whoever is at the helm.
Justine Gow: More important than a change in the leader is the reformation of institutions of governance to strengthen the rule of law.
As Malaysians can now clearly see, the many decades of hard work in nation building can be easily destroyed by just one rogue leader if there is no proper check and balance between the different branches of the government.
The progress made by earlier leaders can be protected and preserved for future generations only if power is not concentrated in the hand of one person.
What is the use for a country to have nine consecutive benevolent dictators achieving greatness and prosperity that can be readily and completely ruined in just a short time by one powerful corrupted successor? Continue reading