Maria Chin challenging the very basis of Umno’s existence
Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah wrote an op-ed that was published yesterday in the Asia Sentinel under the title ‘A Call for Democratic Reform in Malaysia‘.
“For Bersih, we don’t want to just change a corrupt prime minister. We want to change a political system that produces corrupt, authoritarian politicians in the name of ethno-religious nationalism.”
Maria Chin and her Yellow Shirts movement want to change Malaysia’s political system.
The foundation of this political system that Bersih wants reformed is the “ethno-religious nationalism” component. It is the ‘Bangsa, Agama dan Negara’ planks which Maria Chin wants changed/removed.
Whether called ‘ethno-religious nationalism‘ in English or ‘Bangsa, Agama dan Negara’ in bahasa Melayu, this very fundamental is the raison d’etre of Umno.
And this core system, along with the current Prime Minister who is a product of the system, are the two things that Maria Chin has vowed to get rid of through her mammoth street action.
London-based premier publication The Economist reports today, “Maria Chin Abdullah of Bersih hopes that at least 200,000 Malaysians will protest in three cities. Malaysia’s political system, she says, ‘has really become quite rotten’.”
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