LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

Consolidation Of Democracy Takes Time - Political Analyst

KUALA LUMPUR -- Despite the peaceful transition of power to the new government, the consolidation of democracy is not going to be easy for the country, said political analyst Prof Dr Edmund Terence Gomez.

Gomez, who is a lecturer at the Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, University of Malaya (UM), gave the example of Indonesia and Philippines, two countries that have taken a long time before they achieved democracy. 

He said it is high time for political parties to change in nature and not to be ethnic-based.

"Some leaders from the previous ruling government even had also admitted that enough is enough for parties of such nature, time to become more Malaysian-based parties," he said at the forum titled “Malaysian General Election 2018:Towards a New Progressive Malaysia Post GE14?” here, today.

The forum was co-organised by UM’s International Institute of Public Policy and Management, UM Faculty of Law and UM Academic Staff Association.

Other panelists were Layang-Layang assemblyman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, Sri Serdang assemblyman, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, UM law lecturer Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sahrom and the  International Movement for a Just World president Dr Chandra Muzaffar.

Meanwhile, Chandra said he hoped that the new government will pay attention to legislation and public policies to address the fundamental issue of integrity.

"They have to address the questions of contracts and projects...this I know the issue on integrity had been raised in the past,'' he said.

In 14th general election, the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad unseated the Barisan  Nasional which had been in power for six decades.

Dr Mahathir, 92,  made history by becoming Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time. Not only that he also achieved the feat of becoming the world’s oldest elected leader. 

He was previously prime minister from 1981-2003.