prepared by Malaysian Member of Parliament and National Treasurer of Malaysia Democratic Action Party, Mr. Fong kui Lun
at Socialist International Asia Pacific Committee Meeting, 10-11 April 2002
in Manila, Philippines
Malaysian politics under the Mahathirís regime
The 911 terrorist attacks in New
York and Washington have been a boon to incumbents in government, especially
authoritarian regimes not only to justify
their undemocratic and repressive laws but to introduce even more draconian
legislation and policies to further
clamp down on democracy, human
rights and justice which have
nothing to do with the war against terrorism and Malaysia is no exception.
National Coalition government which led by Dr. Mahathir has exploit the
peopleís fear of terrorism and extremism to become even more undemocratic,
unaccountable and unresponsive to the peopleís aspirations for justice,
freedom, democracy and human rights.
The crackdown on human rights through the arbitrary use of the draconian Internal Security Act against Opposition leaders and activists and the clampdown on freedom of speech and assembly such as the undemocratic and unjustified ban on public political gatherings;
The high-handed appointment of the new Attorney-General, Datuk Abdul Gani Patail in disregard of the fundamental principles of constitutional propriety and good governance raising anew widespread public concerns about the rule of law and the administration of justice in the country;
The increasing emasculation of Parliament to be a meaningful and highest political forum of the people, as illustrated by the arbitrary and undemocratic suspension of DAP MP Fong Po Kuan for six months without allowance whose only crime was her dedication to her parliamentary duties to speak up for the people;
The unabated scandals of abuse and misuse of public funds, corruption, cronyism and nepotism ;
The refusal of the Malayisan government to fully respect the educational aspirations of the diverse population in a plural society;
The unilateral abrogation of the 44-year Social Contract in the 1957 Merdeka Constitution, that Malaysia is a democratic, secular, multi-religious and progressive nation with Islam as the official religion but not an Islamic state when the Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir declared on September 29, 2001 that Malaysia was already an Islamic state.
regard, the Mahathirís government has not only recovered political support but
has a new terror card to give it new immunity to justify past as well as new
unfair, unjust and undemocratic policies.
In a recent
by-election in a state legislative constituency in Pahang state, the National
Coalition Government unshamedly make full use of government machineries to
campaign for their partyís candidate. Money politics was widely used during
the campaign period. The Information Ministry was fully used to propagate and
painted the opposition as violent and extremist. Giant billboards and nightly
television advertisements showing that only the currrent government can bring
peace and security to the nation and if the opposition is stronger, national
security will be threathen.
DAP, of which I represent, have constantly spoken up against these issues that
affect the well being of the country. As in the past, we continue to advocate a
democratic, secular, fair and just government where there will be greater
equality, whether politically, economically or socially, among the multi-racial
and multi-religious citizens of the country. Though it may be an uphill task, we
will continue this worthy and important struggle towards the betterment of the
struggle for a secular social democracy pattern of society will certainly face
tougher challenges after the post-911 scenario in Malaysia, but we reaffirm our
long-standing conviction through constitutional means in order to manifest the
rational and peaceful way of political
reformation and social reconstruction.
the light of freedom, justice and equality shine in the darkness of the century
that we live in. Let us reaffirm our determination to keep peace and security as
well as strenghthening democracy for all the people in the post-911 era.