My earlier hint of a military takeover and the installation of a strongman drew some adverse emails. Most were aghast at the idea that our civil liberties could be suspended in such a scenario and that I ever deigned to suggest the notion that we should go down the merry path of dictatorship. Hold on to your horses, folks… I was merely suggesting an alternative not that I am enamoured with the notion anyway. But anything other than democracy is infinitesimally more palatable to me at least. So, bring on the military anytime, to stop this slow motion trainwreck and restore some sanity to our public life. The failure of democracy and democratic institutions in Malaysia is all too clear and the sooner we come to terms with that reality the better. Democracy was never a viable option anyway if one studies the numerous road kill that strew the political highways and byways of the Third World be it in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Africa or in Latin America.
Study the countries of East Asia and you will notice the success of these nation states were primarily due to the emergence of a strongman albeit the benevolent dictator be it Chiang kai Shek in Taiwan, Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo Hwan in Korea or Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP in Singapore. And what about China, Vietnam and to a lesser extent Japan. Prosperity built on the bedrock of strong central authority of single parties!!. And look at Thailand, Indonesia, the Phillipines, shining examples of democracy at work?? Definitely no by any stretch of the imagination! I will write more on this in the near future, time permitting but back to my suggestion
General Abdul Aziz Zainal,is a patriot,mark my words. Like most Malaysians, the man has had enough of the shenanigans of the past 6 months and in my opinion, is justified in indulging in some sabre rattling, just to knock some sense into our hapless politicians. For those who criticised the Man, I have this to ask “ do you honestly belief that democracy was working well and fine under the Malaysian sun/? do you really seriously entertain the thought that our citizenry have the wherewithal to handle the demands of a civil society? Do you really think that we have provided the electorate with sufficient access to democratic inputs in order to critically evaluate the available choices and make informed decisions? And do we truly respect the mandate given or indulge in “democratic” coup d’etats to fulfil our thirst for power So why not do away with the charade and embrace the beauty of authoritarianism if the idea of an Islamic state is revolting to your senses? Who knows, if implemented judiciously such a state may yet propel us to the next level.
Revert : Ken Arrow was right all along about the absurdity of democracy!