Radio Free Malaysia

April 3, 2013

The Beginning of the End for Najib?

Today, the end of an old regime is in sight. Today, Najib Razak finally announced what Malaysia has been waiting for – the dissolution of Parliament! The cogs are now whirring in the democratic machine – polling day cannot be far behind. Will it mark the beginning of the end for the outgoing prime minister’s corruption, nepotism and cronyism? We speak to PKR’s Dr Aziz Bari, academic-turned-politician, for his views on this mother-of-all elections while DAP’s Liew Chin Tong talks about the importance of elections as a vehicle for democracy, the elimination of cronyism,and the replacing of the Official Secrets Act with a Freedom of Information act.

But will it be a conducive environment for elections with all the ongoing political violence? After all, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein actually said there are not enough police to keep order! Slamming that statement as irresponsible, PKR’s Shamsul Iskandar’s explains that it is why Pakatan Rakyat had to establish their own security council – they don’t want change to be marred by political violence, which is especially bad in Melaka, and for which there must be zero tolerance. He also talks about his state – Melaka, which has a debt of more than RM900mil under the administration of the BN government, as well as other ails besetting the state.

Just give RFM a licence! What’s the problem? This is the question asked by the irascible non-governmental individual Isham Rais pertaining to the right of consumers to the media of their choice; the audience must be allowed the dignity of choosing for themselves what they should and should not be listening to. Was Najib involved in Altantuya’s murder? Did his wife buy a diamond ring using the people’s money? It is the people’s right to know.

With the upcoming Universal Periodic Review on Malaysia, how does Malaysia measure up to the rest of the world on its human rights record? Maria Chin of Empower is highly critical. BN has failed to consult the people in drafting laws, and human rights laws are disregarded, while the national human rights commission, SUHAKAM, remains powerless to take action against human rights abusers.

Maria Chin also speaks to us about Malaysia’s failure to live up to the stipulations of CEDAW regarding women representation in parliament. CEDAW spells out that there should be 30% of women in decision-making positions. Tune in to find out just how many percentage of our elected reps consists of women.