Monday, November 26, 2007

Australian Federal Election 2007

The Labor Party in Australia has won the recent federal election, taking over as the new government. Australia's opposition party stood a fair chance in winning an election. The same scenario goes for USA and UK. The oppositions were given the opportunity to voice out their party manifesto publicly without much fanfare from the relevant authorities who would be restricting their speech.

The defeated Liberal Party has accepted defeat and there could be a change of leadership therein too.

Kevin Rudd, the Labour party's leader, has claimed that this is true democracy. Indeed so.

Even the incumbent Prime Minister, John Howard, lost his own seat to Labor's latest star recruit who was a former ABC journalist, Maxine McKew.

I have friends down in Australia who did say that everything went well with the election. Opposition party had no problem going out to get the Australian citizens to vote for them. Not much of restrictions actually. They can hold talks or speeches easily (with simple rules to follow of course).

In Malaysia, the scenario is different. The opposition parties don't get a chance to share / tell their views on various on the television or even published in the national newspapers. But the current ruling parties can do so even by belittling the opposition party in TV. Why so? Because all TV companies and newspapers are owned by the coalition parties that are ruling the government now. The opposition parties intending to hold a talk have to apply for police permits that are hard to come by.

What is democracy in Malaysia? One Minister in the parliament said that if the Malaysian citizens don't like what the government is doing, don't hold demonstrations or even peaceful gathering BUT do it at the ballot boxes during general election. In a way, all you Malaysian are not supposed to voice out your dissatisfactions until the next election, which is only held once in every five years. There you are, democracy in Malaysia.

Worse still, I might even receive a comment such as "If you don't like this country, leave this country then".
Tags: Australia, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Labor Party, Liberal Party, Malaysian Politics, Democracy, Australian Federal Election, Federal Election 2007, General Election, Ballot Box



Blogger Nazril Nordin said...

Yes. I agree. Labor's win really shows that there IS true democracy.

If you follow Australian politics everything that goes on in the parliament is very transparent. More importantly the people has the right to access information with regards to public interest.

IMO Labor has really put a step forward in its education reform plan i.e. by making education accessible to all Australians by providing more funds (which was shelved under Howard's Govt.) for research and development.

I bet Howard's Govt. did well to bring up Australia to where they are now...and he has clearly proven so.

But i guess this time around the people just wanted a change...anyway its their life and they are paying the taxes to make Australia a better place for their kids and the future.Its the people who really move the country forward.

Power to the people!

26 November, 2007 13:55  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

True indeed. People voiced out so that they can have a better life. Who wants their own country or place of stay to be doldrums?

Whatever demostration that goes on in Malaysia in particular is actually for the betterment of the country situation, unless it was a selfish demostration.

26 November, 2007 18:16  
Blogger bZbee said...

wear yellow every friday...our rukun negara says..KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA...not kesetiaan kepada kerajaan pemerintah negara...i hope no one dares to change our Rukun negara....

05 December, 2007 00:30  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

they wont change it but they will just circumvent round it

06 December, 2007 12:07  

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