KOTA KINABALU,( April 28 ) — The system of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia has a good future, based on developments in the practice of the democratic principle by the people, who own the system, says Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
He said as the principle of democracy was ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’, the developments taking place now under the government transformation plan involved the process of imbibing the spirit of democracy by the rakyat (people).
“I am not saying that the principle did not exist before, but I think the system of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia is undergoing transformation in form and approach.
“I also agree with the opinion of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that democracy must have limits. As such, other countries of the world should not be compelled to apply all the elements of democracy practised in certain countries.”
Pandikar Amin said this in his talk on ‘Malaysia and the Future of Parliamentary Democracy’ in conjunction with the Federal Civil Servants Assembly, here Monday.
He said democracy in Malaysia must be upheld, respected and adapted to the the socio-culture and socio-economy of a country with a population comprising various races practising different religions and customs.
“For instance, it’s not proper in the name of democracy and freedom of expression, for people to be silent when there are groups such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community championing perverse culture in this country,” he said.
Pandikar Amin said Malaysia’s success in various fields like social, educational and economic was the result of the implementation of democratic principles based on its own mould.
On the claim by the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) that Malaysia’s system of parliamentary democracy enshrined in the constitution, was undemocratic, he said it was because they were using democracy in certain countries as the yardstick.
On another note, he said civil servants must not neglect the tasks entrusted to them as this would not only tantamount to sabotaging the government but also the country’s system of democracy,” he said.—BERNAMA