I refer to media reports that quote former Barisan Nasional (BN) Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon as saying that it is time to end “one-party dominance”.
I cannot agree more with Koh. We definitely have to end one-party dominance at the federal level where BN has been ruling for 61 years. In fact, BN currently holds the world record for the longest ruling party still in power in a democratic country. The only parties in the world that have ruled longer than BN are the Communist Party of Vietnam, Worker’s Party of North Korea and the Communist Party of China, all of which are totalitarian states.
On top of that, there is also one-party dominance within BN itself, with UMNO exerting hegemonic influence over the 12 other component parties. It is little wonder then that none of the other component party leaders dare to speak up and criticise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal that has embroiled our country in unsustainable debts.
It is time that Malaysia is led by a coalition of equal partners like Pakatan Harapan which brings promises a better and cleaner government, free from corruption and abuse of power.
More importantly, it is time to put an end to one-party dominance in Malaysia.
Zairil Khir Johari
DAP Penang Vice-Chairman
Pakatan Harapan Candidate for Tanjong Bunga
NB: This press statement was released on 2 May 2018 in George Town