Thursday, January 10, 2019

From Kleptocracy to Flawed Democracy

We used to be known as a kleptocracy! Now, we are just a flawed democracy!

That's a definite progression. 

And that’s according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 2019 which was released this week. 

But it’s not that bad because we are actually a “bright spot” since we have supposedly improved our scores – thanks to the historic GE14 results that have seen us climb ahead of our Southeast Asian peers. 

In the latest EIU findings, Malaysia is now ranked 52nd out of 165 independent states and two territories, putting us 14 spots ahead of Singapore (66th) and one spot ahead of the Philippines (53rd). 

(Isn’t that stating the obvious about us being more democratic than Singapore? Duh!

The report cited Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s victory as “remarkable” despite the gerrymandering of the general elections, which reflected that even a seemingly untouchable Barisan Nasional with a “strong system of patronage” was answerable to the electorate. 

Note: The EIU index ranks democracies on a scale of 1-10, with those scoring 8-10 regarded as “full democracies” while countries measuring between 6 and 7.9 considered “flawed democracies”. Categories below that are hybrid regimes and authoritarian states. 

The overall scores are based on aggregate measures of five categories: electoral process and pluralism, government function, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties. 

Yesterday, I was at Level 15 in Menara LGB in Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. 

I was there for the Deloitte Malaysia Toastmasters meeting – where I had demonstrated how persuasive I was. This was in reference to my CC #9 speech titled “To all the Johnny-come-latelies”.

Pics of the said meeting:

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