Merdeka Malaysia

On the eve of Anwar Ibrahim’s promised date for his takeover of the Malaysian government, it looks like all systems go. The takeover may not happen tomorrow, but judging from events in recent days, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when”.

First the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) started panicking and sent their MPs off on a “study trip” to Taiwan in a bid to prevent them from defecting on Sept 16th.

Then the Home Minister basically served the government on a silver platter to Anwar when he ordered the arrest of a young journalist, a prominent blogger and a senior opposition MP under the ISA. Journalists from normally pro-government newspapers arrived at the government press conference wearing black, in protest.

Even the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a component party of the BN has openly criticized the arrests. The Star, which is owned by the MCA, called them “most ridiculous”.

And finally, Zaid Ibrahim, the law minister today quit in protest at the ISA arrests.

Anwar has promised to dismantle pro-Malay affirmative action in favour of pro-poor affirmative action if he gains power. He has also promised to crack down on corruption, make government procurement more transparent, and free the judiciary and media from government interference, as well as ensure religious freedom.

If he manages to pull all that off, I have no doubt that Malaysia, with its vast natural resources, will have no problem catching up with its more prosperous southern neighbour in a matter of years. More interestingly, a politically liberal Malaysia could make staid Singapore look like a vestige of a past era.

I wish Malaysia and Malaysians all the best as they begin their next lap.


Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

2 thoughts on “Merdeka Malaysia”

  1. Oh Gerald come on:

    I thought you are a conservative? You wanna root in for a liberal cause too?

    Why don’t you go back and serve your Pay and Pay Masters instead? That’s what you are best at really.

    If you are a liberal, I guess Obama must be Osama’s uncle!


  2. Hello there , I am a malaysian born ethnic chinese until the bumi culture think is time to unrecognised my identity so real it took about billons of hanky panky and 10 years for dam to make me into the dark. I will be put even to jail soon. I was stabbed by long needle insertion into my upper abdominal to make me more psychic and the mat salleh have video taped all their actual movement ever since 2005. I was striped naked like their targetted practice for a strip stop in minutes and dress again every night. The terrorist even go to the extend of expressing not a single dot of shame and if you add valueble time to their age all together in Malaysia equals to billions of age with millions of monkey heads. This is why Malaysia is still 6 precious years behind Singapore in Mentaliity and technical value. If I can I will sue UMNOs and their rascal police.


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