MALAYSIA NEEDS A NEW RUKUNEGARA 2.0

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 2 Sept 2020

“If what you have been trying to do is not working, try something else.”

This is a key principle in life that, ‘If you always do what you’ve always done then you’ll always get what you’ve always got’.  

On this 50th anniversary of the Rukunegara, the supposed ‘National Principles’ declared on Merdeka Day, 1970, in response to the traumatic May 13th incident that had taken place just a year preceding that, we have to ask if those ‘principles’ have worked all these years, namely:

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RUKUNEGARA IN NEED OF A DEMOCRATIC MAKEOVER

By Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 6 July 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rukunegara, the supposed ‘National Principles’ declared on Merdeka Day, 1970, in response to the traumatic May 13th incident that had taken place just a year preceding that. Before we look at these “national” principles to see how appropriate and inclusive they are, we must first consider the democratic legitimacy of the Rukunegara’s existence.

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