We in Socialist Malaysia are a group of people who believe that socialism is a good thing for everybody. Yes, definitely many will argue against such a stand but then there are many others who would want to try on something which could be an alternative to the current political system in Malaysia. Well, first things first.
We are against any form of extremism, meaning to say we oppose any so-called radical or loony communism, or any form of religious extremism, be it an attempt to establish an Islamic state or Christian theocracy.
Basically, we believe a socialist democracy is a society in which the socialised sector of the economy is predominant; democratic, rational planning is increasingly possible; a democratic culture and practices reach deeply into every sphere of social life; and in which there is substantial equality in income, wealth, power and opportunities for all citizens, and thus a growing sphere of freedom for all.
OK, we admit that some of the ideas were from other people but then isn't it wonderful to know that we share a similar belief with peoples in other parts of the world.
So this website is created to offer and to share with Malaysians and those who are interested in Malaysian politics, the idea of justice, peace, equality, etc.
We are just a group of people who believe in socialist ideals. We are not in any way connected to the Socialist Party of Malaysia. The party can be contacted at the address provided in Risalah Parti. So please do not blame the party if you do not like what we have put in this site.
By the way, the Socialist Party of Malaysia is the only socialist party in Malaysia because Parti Rakyat Malaysia was too scared to use the label that they dropped the socialist ideology and its name from the party almost a decade ago. PRM leaders are still struggling to explain to the people why they are not socialists. So for those who think PRM is socialist, please check with their president or anyone of their leaders.
We are sure that the Socialist Party of Malaysia has nothing to do with PRM, as much as they do not have anything to do with this site.
If there are too much news on Anwar, it is simply because thousands of anti-Mahathir stories are posted on pro-Anwar sites. We agree with most of the arguments against Mahathir, but definitely we believe Anwar is a conman of the highest order. And for those who cannot accept jokes, well...
New DPM - Anything New?Kuala Lumpur: Comrades at Socialist Malaysia would like to congratulate the appointment of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister. We hope he will fulfill all the promises he made, especially the one about being "people-friendly" (as if the Government was not friendly enough then...but then were they ever?).
Anyway, it was a good move by Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to ensure his party the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) is able to brave through this coming general elections. Whatever it is, Malaysians must remember that their life is at stake. Changing ministers or any politician for that matter, will not change the life of Malaysians who are fed up with all the power play that put the people off everything.
Socialists believe Abdullah or even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whether he can make a comeback or not, will never be able to solve the problems we are facing now because all of them embrace the system which is against the principles of human life - capitalism.
Fine, people would like to live happily in a world where they can get what they need or want in various forms of choices. But do we really believe choices are really free, or are they at a cost? Usually the cost is our blood, sweat and tears.
Sadly enough, Malaysians are more interested in political games. Suddenly there was a party called Himpunan Angkatan Keadilan (Justice Movement or something like that) formed by a group believed to be Anwar's supporters (or are they?). The party is trying to strike a balance between Umno, which is a Malay-orientated party (racist in a way) and Parti Islam Malaysia (Malaysian Islamic Party) which is a fundamentalist party whose objective is to establish an Islamic state whether or not the people support them (because God tells us so, they said).
However, such an attempt will only aggravate the racial time bomb in the country. At a time when we are facing crisis, economy and political, we should at least attempt something which everyone wants (but still afraid to do) which is to move towards multiracialism and multiculturalism.
Since parties like Umno, Pas and other parties are basically racial and religious-based, surely it is time for Malaysians to think (or come to think of it, to act now) for a real alternative.
Well, we are not sure how far these people can go but at least the Socialist Party of Malaysia can provide something for the people. Yes, they are small at the moment but if the support is given, then as a principled party, they must allow people to decide for what is good for the country and themselves.
Although we are not part of the Socialist Party, we believe they can provide the alternative for the country. Maybe not at the moment but in the coming years, Malaysians must seriously give them a thought (a vote too).
Anyway, as some may say, the Socialist Party may turn out to be one of the many parties Malaysia used to have before. It is up to the people handling the party and the Malaysian people to decide what is best for the people.
If Malaysians are still scared of the word "socialism", then what can we say? Love capitalism and enjoy the violence of racism, corruption and other terrible things that we have endured so far.
We do hope Abdullah, a mild mannered man, would do something about the current situation. For a start, the powers of Registrar of Societies are too big that the man (or the woman?) thinks he is a demi-God, using his/her whims and fancies to decide on the registration of a political party.
Come on, Malaysians deserve something better than this. The more parties we have, the more clowns people can watch. The more the merrier?
So, we end this commentary by repeating our cliche call - Malaysians, reject Barisan Nasional, whether led by Mahathir or Abdullah or Anwar or Tengku Razaleigh or Najib or whoever, and other parties which practise racism and religious fundamentalism. Secularism does not mean anti-religion, in fact it is for freedom of religion. Therefore, vote for socialism. (Not those stupid communists anyway, they are as bad as the Taliban mullahs).
UPDATE ON PARTI SOSIALIS MALAYSIA
The decision was made on January 27, 1999 and no reason was given. The registrar claimed he had to dismiss the application due to technical problems.
So much about freedom and democracy in Malaysia. Whatever reasons given, we believe it was a deliberate attempt to prevent the Socialist Party from contesting the coming general election.
Not that the party is so crazy about contesting but then such unfounded fear reflects the current sentiment of the ruling parties. They are so afraid of so many things that they could not do things properly.
We hope the Socialist Party will appeal to the Home Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the so-called Mr Clean, to ensure the party would be registered immediately.
If not, then we can forget about freedom, democracy and human rights in this country.
Yes, we know the reformasi people have been saying it for quite some time now but then there are many others who have been fighting for justice and freedom for years. Do not forget those brave people who have died for their cause, even before Malaya achieved its independence.
To Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, live up to your reputation. If not, you will always be known in history as a nobody who was lucky enough to be appointed deputy prime minister, but who is just hiding behind Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's skirt.
Read the Socialist Party's letter to Socialist Malaysia.
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