Getting Serious about Democracy
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Getting Serious about Democracy

By Anwar Ibrahim Friday, May 12, 2006

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I anticipate the ruling party will conjure some excuse to hold elections early in an attempt to preclude my participation, but my commitment to the reform agenda remains as strong as ever in spite of the obstacles placed in my path.


Q: If you are barred from running, what alternative roles do you see yourself taking in Malaysia’s political future?


A: From the moment I was sacked, I have been supporting the opposition movement and campaigning for democracy and freedom.  Since my release from prison, I have never been more committed to the cause of freedom and will continue to fight for justice with all my strength.


Q: Who are your supporters?


A: My supporters are a broad-based constituency and other indigenous people among Malays, Chinese, and Indians that are urging reform.  With rising unemployment and costs of living, Malaysian people are surprised that they have been left behind as compared to our sister nations, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.  Many people in Malaysia are becoming disaffected with the current state of politics and desire a new vision for the future.


Q: How do you see the role and rise of political Islam in Malaysia?


A: In spite of the feverish rhetoric coming from the West about the dangers of political Islam, we must recognize that Islamic parties in Southeast Asia have always been a moderate force and have embodied a spirit of inclusiveness and openness.

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