Note from Publisher
Democracy is often lauded as a political system that every country should practice because in a democracy, the voices of the ordinary people are heard and they can shape their own and their children’s future. This proposition is especially popular after World War II when Nazi Germany, and Fascist Japan were defeated, the US emerged as the leader of the Western democracies. The US and her allies branded countries that do not practise democratic election as countries that do not honour human rights and the US government imposes certain punitive measures against such countries.

However, in the last decade or so, the world has witnessed many instances of the failures of democracy and the success of other political system. At times, the masses may not make the most rational decision that is in the best interest of the country. In countries where the people and political institutions are not ready for the Western style democracy, a sudden change only leads to chaos and anarchy. Democracy is not just as simple as granting the people the right to vote.

One of the most glaring weaknesses of democracy is it forces politicians to focus on winning the next election rather than working on the difficult long-term task of nation building. With Malaysia’s 14th General Election coming soon, we are starting to see the political monkeys playing their tricks.
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