GE14 marked an end to half a century of a “one-party state” paradigm, which started with a Malay Tsunami (not a Chinese Tsunami!) in 1969. Tun Razak’s “one-party state” paradigm came with two heavy drawbacks. First, UMNO/BN’s unchecked power bred corruption and abuse of power, which culminated in the 1MDB global scandal. Second, by attempting to eliminate Malay opposition parties, UMNO unwittingly radicalized PAS.
The 2018 Malaysian Tsunami swept away UMNO’s synthesising the state of the party. But are we seeing a “two-party system” now? Even if we can have a “two-party system”, will it benefit Malaysia? Will the elimination of UMNO reduce or worsen communalism in Malaysia? Should Pakatan Harapan make a conscious effort to choose and nurture its loyal opposition?
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