24 September 2017
Source: Democracy At Work?
Returning from his latest foreign tour Najib had one of his habitual moans, decrying the opposition for ruining the economy (not him as Finance Minister) and complaining that they were tarnishing Malaysia’s image as a vibrant democracy!
The problem, he whinged, is they keep on making false complaints that things aren’t as democratic as they should be in Malaysia: “Malaysia’s record on democracy and free speech are strong!” he thundered in his blog.
Yet, just days later, a perfect example of BN breaking the rules and abusing government powers to prevent democracy in one of its so-called ‘Safe Deposit’ states of East Malaysia. Najib counts on Sarawak, because of the draconian abuse of power by the client state government, which takes vote buying, threats, gerrymandering and vote rigging to extreme lengths in its low population areas.
So fearful are they of the opposition that they habitually throw legitimate visiting politicians from the mainland out, for fear they may encourage the locals.
What does Najib do about this outrageous practice? He encourages it, of course. Then he goes abroad and online and tells anyone who will listen that he is a fine democrate just like they are.