COMMENT BY WALL STREET JOURNAL ON OPPOSOTION LEADERS, ELECTORATE AND COURTS IN MALAYSIA

Posted on May 26, 2012

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English: Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square)...

Something we do not hear or read very often comments by western media. Wall street Journal is no exception. I would not want to comment further but you might want to read the paper’s comment in toto as reported by The Star of 26 May 2012.

The Star 26 Mai 2012  quoted Wall Street Journal: ” Opposition ‘tactics’ questioned by WSJ”.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should have pleaded guilty to the charge of breaching a court order during the Bersih 3.0 rally if he wanted to portray the Peaceful Assembly Act as “an unjust law”, said the Wall Street Journal.

 “If Mr Anwar wants to practise civil disobedience, he can’t pretend to be innocent at the same time.

 “A more straightforward way to convince the public that the Peaceful Assembly Act is an unjust law would be to plead guilty and pay the fine ahead of the election,” said the newspaper in an article entitled “Malaysian People’s Court”.

 In the May 24 article, the newspaper also wrote that although the Opposition, which Anwar leads, had reason to criticise Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s reforms, it questioned whether Malaysian society was best served by what it said was the Opposition’s “confrontational tactics”.

 It said that while Najib deserved credit for some of the political reforms instituted, including the repeal of the Internal Security Act 1960, the rally occurred due to unhappiness with the overall pace and depth.

 “The real question is whether Malaysian society is best served by a faster pace of change and the Opposition’s confrontational tactics,” said the newspaper.

 “Both sides have to learn to put their faith in the electorate rather than the courts,” it said.

 On Tuesday, both Anwar and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali claimed trial in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to charges of breaching a magistrate’s order prohibiting any assembly at Dataran Merdeka during the Bersih 3.0 rally.

 They also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of abetting to incite three individuals to open the barricade and enter Dataran Merdeka.

 

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