Friday, March 16, 2012

After SODOMY 2.0, Free and Fair Elections or BERSIH 3.0

About a week after her most ardent supporter and celebrated ex-convict, Anwar Ibrahim, was acquitted of SODOMY 2.0, Ambiga Sreenivasan, chairman of BERSIH 2.0 is quoted by The Sundaily,
"We have tried everything. We still believe in negotiations and that PSC can come up with its recommendations.

"But ultimately, if these recommendations are not implemented before the next general election, then do not rule out Bersih 3.0,"
Fighter cock words, don't you think?

But it would not be unexpected. The Madam must reciprocate her most ardent supporter, Anwar, who said upon being acquitted, “Thank God, I have been vindicated. My focus now will be at the coming elections.”

We all know, of course, who Ambiga is - mother advocate of "free and fair elections".

For their common cause for free and fair elections, Anwar and Ambiga are the grandmaster and grande dame of protests.

I, been voting for every general election ever since I have been eligible and those who have also voted will wonder, how in the world do all these fair feathered friends come to be so sceptical of our elections?

Now before I proceed, Malaysians nowadays seem to be fascinated by all sorts of Malaysian rankings and surveys - 1st in this, top 10 in that, 100th here and second to last there, so on and so forth.

These rankings and surveys, international ones desirably to assume credibility, is a recent phenomena of sorts and a favoured weapon of choice in the political front, to demonise (by the opposition) or acclaim (by both sides), especially economic and democratic rankings.

Me, I take all these international rankings and surveys with a pinch of salt. You wonder where on earth do these institutions who come out with the results, get all the information from.

Has anybody been surveyed by any of these international institutions or seen a survey being taken or even heard of one being carried out?

Well alright, since the opposition and their die-hards view everything western as sacred gospel truth and for the purpose of this post, let's use two models to measure our democratic standing in the world.

For intents and purposes, I have taken the rankings of 3 other countries, for the benefit of personalities like our brother Anwar, sister Ambiga, and saudara DAP.

Freedom House - Freedom in the World 2011 (or here)

Freedom in the World applies one of three broad category designations to each of the countries and territories included in the index: Free, Partly Free, and Not Free.
A Free country is one where there is open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.

A Partly Free country is one in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. Partly Free states frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism.

A Not Free country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied.
I chose this Freedom House report just for the above definitions.

Brother Anwar always has such praise for Turkish democracy and DAP for Singapore.

How does Freedom House find our country? Heck, no different than Turkey or Singapore - Partly Free.

Indonesia - Free 5, Turkey - Partly Free 6, Malaysia - Partly Free 8, Singapore - Partly Free 8. (Numbers are total score for ranking)

Yes, yes, Anwaristas are already frothing at the mouth pointing to Indonesia, another favourite of the Brother, often mentioned for praise for their democratic process. Hang on to your horses and kerchiefs.

Lim Kit Siang would probably die of a heart attack if he read something like this,

"Singapore, the pride of Chinese people all over the world - for it's economic miracle without natural resources, a country in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. A country that frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism."

Not I say, Freedom House said. Never mind, as long as got plenty money like China, right?

For me, I prefer Economist Intelligence Unit - Democracy Index 2011

Not because their gospel is more truthful but because this is my blog.

Madam Ambiga, you see, according to EIU there are only 25 countries in the whole wide world which are full democracies.

The rest are either flawed, hybrid regime or authoritarian, in descending order.

Malaysia at rank number 71 together with Indonesia rank 60 are similarly considered flawed democracies.

Anwaristas, there is my answer for you and your de facto leader.

There's more.

Uncle Kit, for your kind info, Singapore is a Hybrid democracy and it is not complimentary classification.

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, Turkey is also a hybrid democracy.

Brother Anwar, "Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has said that Turkey’s democratic reforms give the entire Muslim world hope for the future of the Arab Spring", stop the bullshit.

Here are the rankings:

60. Indonesia - Flawed Democracy, 71. Malaysia - Flawed Democracy, 81. Singapore - Hybrid Democracy, 88. Turkey - Hybrid Democracy.

What it means Madam Ambiga, is apart from these 25 countries, ALL the other countries of the world do not have free and fair elections.

While our elections may not be perfect, except for only 25 countries on this planet, no election can ever be.

All other countries, apart from the 25 countries, must be looking up to you as the inspiration for free and fair elections.

Madam Ambiga, you and your coterie of idiots at BERSIH, stop the bullshit.

While our authorities keep an eye on your dubious actions for the sole purpose to keep the law and order, peaceful protests are not off the security radar in free and fair US albeit for ulterior motives, their justification is strikingly similar.

An "Exclusive: Homeland Security Kept Tabs on Occupy Wall Street" for mother advocate Ambiga,
As Occupy Wall Street spread across the nation last fall, sparking protests in more than 70 cities, the Department of Homeland Security began keeping tabs on the movement. An internal DHS report entitled “SPECIAL COVERAGE: Occupy Wall Street," dated October of last year, opens with the observation that "mass gatherings associated with public protest movements can have disruptive effects on transportation, commercial, and government services, especially when staged in major metropolitan areas." While acknowledging the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of OWS, the report notes darkly that "large scale demonstrations also carry the potential for violence, presenting a significant challenge for law enforcement."
However, Madam Ambiga, should you carry out your threat, to unleash your legion of protesters upon peace loving Malaysians, be thankful our police force do not resort to measures which your favourite full democracy, the US, has no compunction to use.

In Miami,
"Dozens of cops equipped with shotguns and assault rifles stormed a Miami, Florida apartment building on Tuesday, drawing weapons at peaceful protesters and children with the local Occupy Wall Street campaign that were lawfully residing inside."

So if BERSIH 3.0 comes to pass, don't mind a little bit of tear-gas and water cannons.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Freddie,

Last weak I've read that Malaysia was ranked 19th place as the safest country in the world by the global peace index. Surpassing Singapore and even developed nation in the west.

Then, a few days later, there was news of 5 years old girl missing in JB. The police chief of Johor in an arrogant manner said they are close to solve the case and according to his sources, the girl should be ok. Then the girl is found dead.

I do not put a lot of stock in all these ranking numbers.

Bottom line, the spirit of democracy is that the "power" is given to the people to choose their government and therefore their future and destiny.

There is no such thing as partial democracy.

Indonesia have governed by different government after the fall of Suharto. The people have the choice to choose.

Since I frequently traveled to JB, I've watched the recent election in Singapore. Their media (TV and newspaper) are more professional, whereby the media there are more focus in disseminating news rather then siding with any party. Somewhat like the Engish based media here. The Malay based media in Malaysia is too obviously siding with the government rather then disseminating news.

There was even open debates by opposition and the government aired in national TV in Singapore. Of course, this is not going to happened here. I am not considering the debate between MCA and DAP "open" as the it is held in chinese. From what I had read, MCA refused to released to translation transcript openly to all Malaysian.

We need a democratic system in place not a partial/hybrid so that the power is given to the people to elect the government that takes care of the people.

You have problems with the Komuter train. I have problem with the traffic jammed, the public facility like swimming pools in KL, Selangor and JB in terrible state(except cheras), our library is substandard (you should visit Singapore library),the KTM train that should be in the museum long time ago and so forth. Everybody have problem of this sort.

All these problem will not just resolved unless there is a competent government in place that takes care of the people.

I am skeptical that the problem you faced commuting with KTM is ever going to gets better. Not in our lifetime.

If you ask me, whether these people have the case to question the democratic process in Malaysia, I'd say yes.

Hashimoto

Charles F Moreira said...

I don't approve of tear gas and water cannons but the police in the US have been more brutal with the Occupy protestors, including spraying pepper spray in the faces of seated Davis University students, injured a protestor with a shot of a rubber bullet or a tear gas canister in the head and arrested more people overall than at the Bersih 2.0 matches, yet the likes of Ambiga, BERSIH and some sympathetic "alternative" media have not condemned that publicly.

Ambiga received an award from Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama earlier, and Hilary Clinton is a pretty hawkish US secretary of state in advancing the US geo-strategic interests worldwide.

While I'm all for free and fair elections and agree that there's much wrong with the current election system, still I don't trust solving the problem ala Bersih.

The US imperialist are the world's worst terrorists, occupiers, subversives, war criminals, violators of national sovereignty, deniers of human rights, democracy, etc by backing the worst dictators as long as they serve US imperialist interests,

Expecting them (US imperialism) to help Malaysia realise more democracy and human rights is like selling one's soul to the devil in expectation of worldly gain. Well, the devil will grant those worldly riches, success and fame initially but later claim his payback, and likewise will the US imperialists.

Mubarak, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Ladin, etc were US-allies once, and in the case of Mubarak, was US-backed till the end, but when they started to not quite play ball with their US backers' geo-strategic interests, the latter turned against them and now look what happened to them.

I'm not defending the BN nor have I ever voted for it, but such a strategy by the opposition to rely upon foreign imperialist powers for relief will have its payback time as well, and a payback in terms of letting the imperialist get their hands on key areas of Malaysia's economy in a latter-day form of neo-colonialism.

While the people of Tunisia and Egypt may now have more freedom and democracy, has there been any change to the neo-liberal economic policies of the regimes they toppled, which were the cause of the economic their people suffered?

Well, not according to reports by independent foreign commentators such as Tony Cartalucci, Webster Tarpley, even the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Examiner.com, Dailybeast.com, Al-Arabiya.net, etc.

For example, Al-Arabiya wrote:-

Alarm bells are ringing inside and outside Egypt as the country faces an economic crisis nearly one year after the revolution. Growth has stalled, foreign direct investment has dried up, tourists have stayed away, the country’s safety net of foreign exchange reserves has nearly bottomed out, and only a fraction of promised aid has materialized. Many experts fear this could threaten an already fragile and fraught political transition.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/01/25/190570.html

Here are some more links.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/06/05/egypt-the-revolution-blows-up.html

http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/egypt-s-economy-much-worse-after-arab-spring-takeover

While, I'm rather suspicious of Haaretz's motives, considering that Mubarak was more friendly to Israel than the current Egypt government, still here's the link to the article.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/from-arab-spring-to-economic-winter-1.398576

Freddie Kevin said...

Hashimoto,

Are you a regular voter?

Will elaborate further another time.

Sorry for a late response.

Salam
Freddie

Anonymous said...

Freddie,

Not really relevant whether I am regular voters or not.

The Malay media as Al-Pacino said in your favorite film, "it insult my intelligence".

Most of the time I used Malay newspaper to package food and things, I never read them. In my opinion, it is worthless piece of journalism targeted for the uneducated.

The current state of journalism is just too much to bare.

Sallam

Hashimoto

Freddie Kevin said...

Hashimoto,

It is relevant.

As I said, will elaborate further.

I too have given up on buying print news and your comment strikes a chord.

Salam
Freddie

Freddie Kevin said...

Charles F Moreira,

Really sorry you comment was not posted. Please accept most sincere apology.

You comment was via e-mail and to make a long story short, it's only now that I have gone thru my mail.

Thank you so much for the links.

I agree with most of what you have said.

Hillary and Madeleine Albright are in the same mould.

Egypt is not turning out according US imperialist grand schemes.

That said,the US friendly Military ruling council are still in control.

CFM,I have this great suspicion that the Foundation For The Future, subject of a Congressional hearing which DSAI was connected with, has a lot to do with Arab spring upheavals.

The timeline,events and actors supports this supposition.

Everyone has a right to support who so ever he wishes and I respect and appreciate that you said it forthrightly.

Again with apologies and very best wishes
Freddie