Malaysia

Najib: One-party system not likely in Malaysia

January 14, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that there has never been and there can be no one-party system implemented in Malaysia.  

He said this was because the people in this country held different views which was very healthy. 

“History has shown that the practice of democracy in this country has never been broken since the people voted for the first time as an independent nation in the year 1959, except for a period of less than two years when the country was put under Mageran (National Operations Council) in the wake of the May 13 tragedy in 1969. 

“History also bears witness that there has never been a military coup in Malaysia because the principle of civilian supremacy is always understood and respected all parties,” he said when opening the “Transformation of Security and Fundamental Rights Legislation, Rights and Responsibilities: Between Hope and Challenges” conference at a hotel here today.  

Najib (picture) said Malaysia was one of the few countries in the world that had been able to build a strong nation despite having a multiracial society and without having to sacrifice the core principles of democracy.

He said realising that social cohesion could be destroyed at any time, previous leaders had taken pains to achieve the right balance to protect individual rights while ensuring collective interests were preserved for the benefit of the whole community.  

“For today’s generation to pass this torch to the next generation, it is very important for us to understand why, how and in what situation certain regulations and policies were created,” he said.

The three-day conference organised by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Razak School of Goverment (RSOG) and Institut Terjemahan dan Buku Malaysia (ITBM) among others aims to provide additional clarification on law reform in Malaysia.

Among the paper presenters are Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim, former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar. — Bernama