As we usher in the New Year, the situation in the country remains fluid, even after a second change of government in three years.
Let us never forget how Parliament was suspended for such a long time under emergency rule during the year. Along with other NGOs, Aliran challenged this suspension in a legal suit – and the matter is still before the courts.
When Parliament finally reconvened, the Mahiaddin Yasin-led government fell apart – only for a fresh coalition to be cobbled together, this time led by Umno’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Yes, Umno is back in power again, after a brief hiatus. And little has changed – the political manoeuvring seemed more like a game of musical chairs. The government remains largely mono-ethnic and mono-religious, apart from the Barisan Nasional-friendly parties from Sarawak and Sabah.
Some things barely change. The government has done little to curb ethno-religious sentiment, which simmers and flares up now and then. Sometimes it appeared to be pandering to such sentiment. Full article on the Aliran website