A friend emailed me Khoo Kay Peng's article Perak: A failed democracy click here http://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/khoo-kay-peng-on-perak-it-is-a-failed-democracy/
Here is an alternative viewpoint
Many make the mistake and think that democracy is the only way to manage a society.
In fact, scores of people have somehow embraced democracy as religion. People follow what works. Push to the corner, I have strong convictions that a large section of the Malays will relook the so call social contract, democracy, etc and decide a different platform to run this country.
I have already heard news of would be defections from PAS to UMNO. Either PAS will play out PKR (read Anwar) or the other way round, is perhaps already be in the making. They may go back to the Parliament and overturn what Tun Mahathir did in 1993 and return back immunity to the Royalty – then improper members of the Royalty can go screw all of us as they pleased. (Personally, I do not think Tun made the amendments to 'curb' the powers of the Sultans, but to deter improper members of the royalty from acting wantonly).That’s what you get when you push a cat to the corner. Short sighted politicians within our opposition... Oh! How I miss the Tan Chee Koon’s of Malaysia.
Many years ago my ‘democratic’ acquaintances and friends in the NGOs were not happy coz I suggested the Chinese in China should not fight the Chinese government with a western approach when I disagreed with the ‘democratic’ and ‘peaceful’ assembly and ‘tunjuk perasaan’ at Tianamen Square (at that time the Lech Walesa movement were hot and thriving in Poland).
Two days later the Chinese Government gunned down those students, thousands were killed. Anyone who have read Chinese history and understood Chinese culture would have been able to see what was coming. Historically, you screw the Emperor, the Emperor will not only chop your head off but also your family’s heads too... nay your entire village.
Similarly, democracy is not the only platform to deal with the Malay society. But, most ‘smart’ political scientist and opposition leaders in DAP and PKR are either confused ‘bananas’ or ‘ Malays who lost their souls to Anwar in a hurry to make him the PM’ ; who are middle class or upwards Malaysians who spends time sipping coffee at bangsar, live an almost western life, intellectually debate using western eyes to a predominantly eastern/Malay skewed dilemma.
Read here for a quick socio-cultural outlook of the Malays
May God Bless This Country!