Electoral reforms needed

source:http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=19133

Electoral reforms needed
Dr Mavis Puthucheary

It is becoming clear that many of the maladies now impeding efficient use of the country’s economic resources – wasteful spending, resource mismanagement and widespread corruption – stem from the lack of essential political reforms needed for the effective implementation of our socio-economic policies.

We need to take stock and see how we can ensure that elected governments do not behave in ways that threaten our fragile democracy.

Electoral reforms are integral to the broader political process to make Malaysia more open and democratic. But elections cannot be separated from the environment in which they take place. Broader issues such as freedom of speech and of assembly, freedom from police harassment, as well as press freedom are essential for free and fair elections.

Fifty years from today, I would like to see the federal principle applied in reality as well as in form.

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