1969 wasn't successful because 'someone' decided that the 'stakes' were too high to leave to mere democracy. Something happened to delay what most people wanted, as expressed in the polls.
40 years later, in 2008, the yearning for democracy and the associated transparency, accountability, equality & justice couldn't be contained any longer. In this great expression of (most of) the PEOPLE's VOICE, we need to acknowledge the super-humongous contribution and scarifice of Hindraf, who amongst the activitist organizations had been the most effective.
Thank you Hindraf, you are without peers.
March 13 didn't happen - a demonstration of the maturity of Malaysians, other than that of some die-hard ketuanan fossils, poor losers who don't (and probably have never) understand what democracy is about, and who had the unmitigated shame to call for a scorched earth policy for Penang, as if the nation is theirs to vent their merajuk petulance on, without any regard to even their own Penang supporters.
Former CM of Penang, Koh Tsu Koon, has made amends for his 'previous R.B. life' by conducting himself in the finest tradition of Westminster styled parliamentary democracy, even though he's in reality an Opposition in limbo.
Koh has been exemplarily courteous to the man who replaced him as Penang's CM, and has correctly rejected the sorry case of the Penang UMNO's disgraceful call to PM AAB to abandon mega projects planned for Penang. A tale of two (mental capa)cities - posh and pariah.
PM AAB shares Koh's attitude, very much to the relief of Lim GE - for more read Malaysiakini Guan Eng lauds PM's pledge on mega-projects.
The Star Online reported Koh chiding UMNO Youth for resorting to their nasty modus operandi of taking to the streets to bully people who don’t agree with them.
Read Koh: Street demos not proper way to convey views where Koh tapped UMNO Youth on their heads by saying “We have to be consistent. However, as often pointed out by Barisan’s top leaders, such acts may heighten tension and even lead to conflicts if they get out of hand” in an obvious reminder of the BN’s condemnation of the Hindraf rally.
Thank you Ah Koon, for teaching those punks not to conduct themselves with hypocritical double standards.
The election is over. Let us practise and uphold the finest traditions of parliamentary democracy. Let us take our new sense of political maturity one step further and consider the factor of bipartisanship on matters vital to our nation's continuing democracy.
Malaysiakini has informed us of recent incidents when democratic principles for post election process have been 'bypassed' or 'modified' by some royalties. We are a constitutional democracy. We must not accept that, and I call on ALL to back the cabinet and the PM in a spirit of bipartisanship to uphold constitutional process, lest we return to the bad old days of 15th Century Sultan Mansur Shah where Hang Tuah's life and loyalty were treated with shameful disregard at the callous wimp of a monarch with absolute powers.