As Indonesia’s reformasi movement reached its climax with the installation of the reformist Joko Widodo as president, what is happening within Malaysia?
We seem to be bogged down with petty ethno-religious issues (to divert our attention away from rampant corruption, rising federal government debt, 1MDB debt and household debt, income inequality, the soaring cost of living and GST?)
And once again, Anwar Ibrahim is in the dock on a charge of sodomy while other prominent opposition leaders and critics are hauled up for sedition.
When will Malaysia witness a new dawn?
Bloomberg carried this piece:
Beer Isn’t Malaysia’s Problem
42 Oct 22, 2014 6:01 PM EDT
By William Pesek
If Malaysian leader Najib Razak thought he already had problems at home, now he also needs to worry about a “Jokowi effect” spreading from neighboring Indonesia.
On Monday, fresh-faced Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took the helm of the world’s fourth-most-populous nation. Throughout Southeast Asia, young voters have been gripped by the rise of this small businessman — effectively a nobody — to his nation’s highest office. Jokowi isn’t the scion of any political dynasty or wealthy family, the normal routes to power in Southeast Asia. He’s a self-made outsider known for hands-on solutions and personal incorruptibility.
Voters have to ask themselves why Jokowi’s story can’t be replicated in their own countries, many of which are crying out for more credible, effective leaders.
Thanks to blog reader Don Anamalai for the Bloomberg link.