Thursday, April 2, 2009


Students of the democratic process must be wondering about how exactly do Malaysians select their Prime Ministers.
In some really democratic nations, when the Prime Minister resigns in office and his party does not command a decisive majority in Parliament, the head of state like the President allows the PM to continue for a few weeks as a caretaker PM while the person most likely to succeed him is allowed to hammer out deals with the other political parties in order to take over the nation's lead role.
A recent case of this happened in Israel. Of course many Malaysian readers have become prejudiced by the propoganda spewed by Malaysia's MSM but that is a good example of democracy in practice.
In Malaysia it seems that picking the new PM falls in the hands of just 3 persons - the outgoing PM, the incoming PM and the Agong. It seems the MPs who are the elected reps of the people have no say in the process.
Even more unpalatable is the idea that a failed PM, who was ousted by his own party is given the authority to select his successor, the person who did the utmost to unseat the incumbent. Isn't it a weird scenario?
It can be considered a form of political inbreeding and should be discouraged as Malaysians are being deprived of their rights.
Once the Prime Minister decides to resign, he should do just that and nothing more like trying to pass the baton to his successor. After all, that function does not even exist as the PM's job is not transferable like in your grandfather's company.
So this article in malaysiakini shows a contempt for the electoral rights of all Malaysians when it is declared that the Agong to swear in Najib on Friday.
I think AAB has belittled the office of PM by inviting Najib to accompany him as it reduces the dignity of that office as if it is something he can just pass on. After all Najib took over the UMNO's leadership even without a leadership contest.
By right Najib and the entire Cabinet should also resign with the PM as done by Shahrir as we really do not know at this stage who officially commands the majority in the house.
After all, Malaysia allows cross-overs and also step-overs as part of the political process.

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