Beyond elections: The struggle for change


Elections are important but they should be seen in the context of a much larger struggle for reforms and change played out over decades.

This is something I wrote before the Sibu by-election, but it still holds true any time.

Looking back at the last century, some of the biggest movements for change came about largely outside or were larger than the electoral process. These movements spanned many years, even decades rather than short five-year terms.

Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mandela were some of the biggest names and towering figures of the 20th century. What they all had in common was that they were rallying points for countless numbers of people who aspired for real and meaningful change. Gandhi was the symbol of the anti-colonial movement not just in India but across Asia and Africa, Martin Luther King was the rallying point for the US civil rights movement and Mandela was the icon of the anti-apartheid movement.

What did these movements have in common? They were bigger than the political process. They were not just the work of single individuals or leaders, but they represented movements of ordinary people moving towards an idea whose time had come, gradually building up momentum towards a critical mass.

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Hey, anil!

What’s the status of food security now?

With the imminent economic danger clouding the country, the public need to be cautioned. And that crony company Bernas has got to kicked in the butt!

Can you help give us a run down? šŸ˜‰

Francis Ngu

In the march of history, from Gettysberg to the Salt March to Robbens Island, from Gadansk shipyards to Sungei Buloh, the Allah/God-endowed human Spiritual strength shines through. It not only triumphs in the end, but inspires other nationalities around the world from generation to generation to rise up for justice and greater human dignity.

I rank the Permatang Pauh Declaration of 1988 as a signal rally of freedom and human rights, which resonates well beyond the shores of Malaysia.



I agree with you. There is such a thing as an idea whose time has come. The ground surge will move mountain. I can feel it in the air that BN will be changed.

The latest MCA ministerial line up is such an insult. It is a tipping point for the Chinese community. In Chinese temple and church associations, there is a ground movement to Teach MCA A Lesson.