Hear hear to that!
Hopefully a genuine people-led movement will emerge and struggle
from below through ordinary peoples self activity to establish a
genuinely democractic and egalitarian society. This will
be encouraged no doubt by the way the treatment of Ibrahim has
exposed the bankruptcy of the Mahathir regime - bit hopefully will be
only the very first step in the creation of a genuine movement that
regognises the need to change the system that produces the Matathirs
and Suhartos of this world.. You can't put any faith in transitional
Kerensky-like figures such as either Anwar or Sukarnoputri.
That's not really the third way is it? - Who says Marxism is dead?
> Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 10:14:13 +0100
> Subject: Re: The situation in Malaysia and Anwar Ibrahim's detention
> From: David Wood <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Reply-to: David Wood <[log in to unmask]>
> While I am no friend of Mahathir Mohammed (I used to be heavily involved in
> protests against the destruction of tribal lands in Sarawak, by his
> government), and while I also think the treatment of Anwar Ibrahim is
> disgusting, I think it is also dangerous to idolise Ibrahim as some kind of
> populist saviour of Malaysia. He has been part of the ruling oligarchy of
> Malaysia for some time, and is also a strong and (up until recently) public
> supporter of IMF neo-liberal restructuring of the Malaysian economy,
> something I find very hard to square with the proposed demands for:
> "(1) the elimination of all forms of abuse of power and corruption; (2)
> the strengthening of democratic institutions and the freeing of the media
> from executive control; and (3) equitable distribution of national wealth
> and social justice for all."
> as reported by his supporters. This opportunist attempt to garner popular
> support is more a case of rupture within the ruling class than any path to
> a more equitable Malaysian society.
> In short, while I will always decry suppression of political opposition, I
> don't think this necessarially goes hand in hand with supporting the
> programme of the suppressed person, which the poster of the message seems
> to be asking us to do.
> The two things are seperate.
> David Wood
> PhD Student ('The Rural Peace Dividend')
> Department of Agricultural Economics and Food Marketing
> University of Newcastle upon Tyne
> NE1 7RU
> Tel: 0191 222 5305
School of Urban Development and Policy
South Bank University, London
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