05 Aug '11, 8am

Malaysia being left behind, warns Anwar #kltalk #bersih

MANILA: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim warned Friday his country was being left behind as a wave of democratisation sweeps the world. Speaking at a forum during a visit to the Philippines, Anwar warned Kuala Lumpur against tampering with elections and said the "Arab Spring" proved that popular clamour for democracy could not be suppressed. "The entire world, including the most conservative Muslim heartland, the Middle East has now transformed and is clamouring for change and reform. Why must Malaysia be lagging so far behind?" he asked. "We are lagging far behind the Philippines and Indonesia in terms of building credible (democratic) institutions," he said at a forum hosted by his friend, former Philippine president Joseph Estrada. Anwar also fretted that the Malaysian economy was even starting to slip behind Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in areas like compet...

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