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MISPLACED DEMOCRACY : MALAYSIAN POLITICS AND PEOPLE

MISPLACED DEMOCRACY : MALAYSIAN POLITICS AND PEOPLE

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Author : Sophie Lemiere, editor
Publisher : SIRD
ISBN : 978-967-063-0175
Year : 2014

At the time of writing this introduction the Black 505 movement has not ceased its efforts to denounce the alleged electoral fraud and demand for the resignation of the top officials of the election Commission (EC). Tents are being planted in Padang Merbok, in Kuala Lumpur, by a group of approximately 200 students, as a symbol of resistance. The government has not yet shown any sign of moving towards the demands of the people and there has not been any further investigation regarding the alleged fraud that was denied by the EC. The time for illusion has gone, eliminated by political awareness and the strengthening of the public sphere: the media, the NGOs and individual citizens’ actions. It seems that Malaysians want to re-orient the flow of history that has been going in favour of the ruling party since the country’s independence; but today the wave of people marching in the streets of Kuala Lumpur showed that Malaysians are fully aware of the meaning of democracy. Malaysia is marching towards a change that has yet to be determined.
— Clive Kessler,
The University of New South Wales

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