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Monday, March 14, 2016

Malaysia does not practice a Referendum system


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's latest Blog posting, 'Sacking and Popularity', seems to have missed the point. Dr Mahathir no longer seems to be following the plot and his comments now lack coherency.

Dr Mahathir is turning this into a popularity contest between him and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Is that what this is all about, a popularity contest?

Malaysia does not practice a Referendum system, especially one conducted by an international opinion poll company. No country in the world does that, not even the UK or US.

Should we now also ask that foreign polling company to take over from the SPR the job of managing Malaysia's next general election in 2018?

Even if we do have a system of Referendum in Malaysia it should be the SPR that conducts it and not some foreign polling company. If not it would not be legally binding.

Should Parliament now be asked to pass a new law to adopt the Referendum system and make it Constitutionally binding? What if Sabah and Sarawak, or maybe even Penang, decide to take advantage of this new law and hold a Refendum whether to leave Malaysia? And what if the majority vote to leave Malaysia? Will it be legally binding?

Governments are not formed and Prime Ministers are not chosen based on popular votes. It is based on majority seats in Parliament. Any novice politician knows this. So I am surprised that Mahathir still thinks that popular votes decides who gets to form the government.

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