Saturday, January 16, 2010

Democracy is the best system: Mahathir

The Jakarta Post | Fri, 01/15/2010 10:12 AM | World

INDONESIA: Democracy is the best system a country can adopt to promote people’s welfare despite its many weaknesses, former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad said during a visit to Indonesia’s province of South Sulawesi on Thursday.

Mahathir was addressing around 1,000 people at the graduate school of Hasanuddin University in Makassar about democracy, following recent religious turmoil back in Malaysia over the use of word Allah by the Christian community.

“Is there any governance system better than those provided from people, by people and to people?” he said in the seminar that also presented South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo.

He also warned of the possibility of the decline of democracy as certain groups might derail it for their own vested interests.

“Even if democracy goes on well there is no guarantee that it will bring prosperity to people. Everything depends on culture and the maturity of people in carrying out democracy,” said Mahathir.

Malaysia is a country that mixes the governance system of an institutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. It is ruled by a premier elected by people, and the king has no real power.

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