For a person who became a Prime Minister on the mandate given to another person, this is definitely unprecedented in a country practising the Westminster Parliamentary system.
By Parliamentary convention, one who took office as a Prime Minster not from an elections would dissolve the Parliament within one year from taking office, so as to seek a fresh mandate from the People. In the case of Najib, he took 4 years to dissolve the Parliament and have been living on the mandate given to Abdullah Padawi in 2008.
Now that the 13th General Elections is here, the people of Malaysia is finally presented with the opportunity to create history by changing the Government or to remain with the old corrupt regime of Barisan Nasional.
A democratic system is never complete if there is no change of government. It is only through change of govenrment and the creation of a true 2-party system that the rights of the People can be better protected by the system.
As such, the significance of this General Elections is not merely a battle between the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. It goes beyond who will form the government. It is a choice between choosing to remain under the political monopoly and hegemony of Barisan Nasional or to create a 2-party system in Malaysia.
In the past 50 years, under the political monopoly and hegemony of Barisan Nasional, we see mega corruption scandals exposed, alleged investigation and finally forgotten. The Barisan Nasional can afford all these scandals and wrongs with impunity because in past elections, BN would always be voted in as the next government. As a result, the BN has left Malaysia with the legacy of Corruption.
This General Elections gives us the opportunity to END all these.
If this we can change the Government and thereby create a 2-party system in Malaysia, this will be the best legacy that we leave for the future generations. Once a change of govenrment happens, whoever be the government will have to govern with more transparency and accountability. Otherwise, the People will change again. The system itself will then be the most effective check and balance on the power that be.
This is the true implication of the 13th General Elections.
Chong Chieng Jen