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‘Mahathir will never understand democracy’

 | June 15, 2012

Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly Ahmad said that former premier's speech in Manila early this week showed that he does not understand democracy or how it works.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will never understand democracy judging from his recent speech on the subject at the University Santo Tomas in Manila.

PAS MP Dzulkefly Ahmad said that Mahathir hated democracy and that was why he and the Barisan Nasional (BN) feared a people’s uprising against dictatorship.

“Mahathir will never understand democracy for its worth till he meets his end,” said Dzulkefly in his latest blog posting.

On Monday, Mahathir gave a speech at the University Santo Tomas and he is reported to have said that democracy could only work if people understood its limitations.

He also reportedly said that “it is impossible for the people to rule themselves. There are too many of them and they cannot agree on anything.

“A government of the people, by the people and for the people will result in a stalemate, in no government at all, in anarchy,” said the former premier.

Dzulkefly said that a functioning democracy would create a knowledgable society which would allow the masses to reprimand and depose its corrupt leaders via the ballot box.

“By ‘adjusting’ democracy with draconian laws, the former premier had given rise to corruption and abuse of power which had affected our country’s competitive edge in the global arena,” he said.

Although democracy was not originally an Islamic concept, Dzulkefly said that the system was very much compatible to Islamic principles.

“For example, the system of check and balance in demoracy, works in tandem with Islamic calls for justice, transparency and accountability,” he said.

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