Is Najib a reformist Pm?
I keep hearing that he is.
I must be the most ill-informed Malaysian around, because even some foreign papers seem to agree.
Okay, I can forgive the foreigner fellows. I can see where they get their information.
But merely repealing an unpopular law here and an unpopular law there, does not a reform make.
Nor a reformist.
Especially not where one unpopular law is replaced by another equally unpopular one. Eg the Internal Security Act for the so-called Peaceful Assembly Act
Nothing has changed.
People are still being arrested (and very quickly and efficiently) for speaking up their mind. And these people who are quickly and efficiently arrested, are still those not speaking favourably of the administration side.
On the administration side, even if a speech appears clearly seditious, there is still much pretty foot dragging.
The most reforming of Najib that I do get to see, is how his ill first born political "1Malaysia" child has been exploited to camouflage the strident racist baiting by sponsored goons that largely, if not entirely, go unpunished and unaddressed.
Sorely needed reforms to the electoral system and for free, fair and clean elections remain a reformist's dream.
A dream that because it remains a dream, has led to the allegations of massive cheating at the polls, and even the use of foreigners to vote.
If Najib is a reformist Pm, he must be the ABC Campbell soup type.