The BN Government in Power for 54 Years

Posted on July 25, 2012

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Malaysia Today
Malaysia has been governed by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition for the past 54 years. As such, the country has never experienced any other government since its independence.

Since then we have suffered lop-sided economic policies, unjust distribution of the nation’s wealth and destructive practices of race-based power sharing.

This has largely benefited the business elite and marginalized the majority of the Malaysian citizens.

Continued human rights abuses by the state and the police force are perpetuated through laws which continue to suppress rights to freedom of speech, assembly, expression, press, religion and other basic rights of its citizens.

Although the government has recently made attempts to change these unjust laws, this is seen as eye wash. These changes fall short of international human rights standards.

Track Record of the present government
Continual practice of unsustainable development has exploited the environment and the people such as the government’s approval of the highly controversial Lynas Corporation rare earth refining facility in Gebeng Pahang.

Unresolved corruption scandals seem to be a norm at all levels of government and private sectors, i.e. the RM7 billion Scorpene submarine scandal, the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone (PKFTZ) scandal, the RM250 mil National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal, the RM10bil Perwaja steel scandal to name a few.

The Elections Commission (SPR) is obviously biased in favour of the ruling government in its refusal to genuinely reform the flawed electoral system in Malaysia where the electoral roll is still unclean. The continuous calls by the citizens’ movement for electoral reform (BERSIH 2.0) have fallen on deaf ears.

Money politics is rampant and blatant ‘votebuying’ by the BN parties through promises of development aid in exchange for votes have been ignored by the Election Commission.

Formulation of laws and policies is done without consultation with the people but instead is bulldozed through parliament.

Allowing and even promoting race-based politics with senior government Ministers uttering racial remarks, comments and even threats has become the norm.

Massive land grabbing of indigenous people’s ancestral domains by government agencies and big business corporations continues to prevail. It is reported that 800 such cases where generations-old native ancestral land were taken and awarded to major peninsulabased plantation companies, have been submitted to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) Sabah branch.

There is a constant denial of an unprofessional police force which has become more of a band of gangsters rather than protectors of the people. The Royal Malaysian Police have been accused of causing many cases of death under police custody, inflicting severe force and excessive violence on peaceful protesters during the Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 rallies in Kuala Lumpur, and overall unprofessional conduct in dealing with the Malaysian public, often acting as judge and jury in carrying out their duties.

Malaysia has not recovered from the Judiciary crisis of 1988 when the government had curtailed the independence of the courts and judgments were often in favour of the government and its political allies.

Stand Up For Your Rights! Time For Change!
— Choose without fear the type of government you want and be confident that a change of government is a normal practice in a healthy democracy.

–Reaffirm that we the ‘Rakyat’ are the real ‘BOSS’ of the country by asserting our participation in local and national policy matters.

— Fight and defend the rights of all citizens of this nation, especially the weak and the marginalized.

–Ensure that both the elected parliament members and state assemblymen consult us and truly represent our interests in formulating laws and policies that affect our lives and the environment.

— Reject race-based politics that is promoted by any political party.

— Be courageous to report and make known any public abuse by the authorities (politicians, public servants, judiciary, police).

–Educate your family and friends about basic human rights and not be afraid to stand up for these rights.

Re-published from the Herald Malaysia online – http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/news/The-Barisan-National-Govt-in-power-for-54-years-12471-2-1.html