16 July 2017
Source: It's Called Democracy - A Short History For Shahidan Kassim
Shahidan Kassim might like to consider some lessons in democracy, although it is granted that Malaysia is only a partial democracy, thanks to his party cheating the boundaries over 60 years of governance in its own favour.
He could start by considering this year’s election in France, where the charismatic Mr Macron started an entirely new party in the face of national disgust at the existing choices on offer …. and swept to take the Presidency.
Next Macron had to tackle the parliamentary elections, where his newly formed party had no existing seats at all. No matter, his new party again marched to victory and took the majority of seats, because the French were simply fed up with the entrenched contenders.
There is another older example in a tiny far off democracy that Shahidan might also like to consider. In the early 1980s in the island of Mauritius the ruling party, which had held power throughout the decades since independence, became embroiled in a corruption scandal.
The government ministers were complascent given their existing large majority, but when the election came their ruling party lost EVERY SINGLE SEAT!