Dr M: Opposition needs to be strong

“The Opposition plays a very important role, but if it is too small, it will not be effective in ensuring that the government does not abuse its powers. For good governance, the Opposition must be very strong, and be able to offer alternatives. No party should rule forever.

For a democracy to really succeed, the electorate must understand the democratic system. This is because the election can be manipulated, the election itself can be rigged, and money and political pressure can be used unless the people are knowledgeable about the laws and the democratic processes.”

Words by Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia

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