Malaysia was ranked 53rd in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, 52nd in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) ranking, and the major flash floods in East Coast...all these happen during the Umno general assembly and we cannot say that all these have nothing to do with the party at all.
If the state governments have a stronger awareness of disaster prevention and are able to have good prevention measures before the arrival of the disastrous rainy season, it will surely be much better than making great disaster relief efforts afterwards.
Higher fuel prices and the removal of white sugar subsidies have sparked a new round of fears for escalating transportation costs and spiraling inflationary pressure. With electricity tariff now confirmed to rise by 15% come January and the 6% GST thereafter, prices of many things will move up, adding to the already heavy financial burden of many.
Democracy and freedom should not be like this. Particularly in a multi-racial country, democracy must always come with tolerance, understanding and respect to maintain social harmony and progress. Inability to tolerance, the lack of understanding and respect will lead to a society filled with hatred and confrontation. Such a society can never be harmonious, nor progressive.