Radio Free Malaysia interviews Francis Loh, who dissects the BN’s failure in keeping up with the people’s aspirations for non-racial politics.
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Renewal is a necessary element of democracy, no matter how good a government is – and BN isn’t even that anymore! The apparent apparent stability we are enjoying has a sinister basis – it comes only from over-concentration of power in the executive, above the other branches of governance that serve as checks and balances, and in the halls of the federal government at the expense of state governments. The interview with Francis can be found from 1:05 to 1:30 in the recording above.
Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, the former MP of Sungai Siput (who is also an Aliran member), tells us the challenges of filling in the shoes of his predecessor who was a minister with big pockets and influence in terms of ensuring cooperation from the authorities. Like all non-BN politicians and supporters, Jeyakumar is deeply concerned about corruption, which he thinks stems from the nexus between business and politics.