Nov 22, 2006

Malaysia 81 on list of flawed democracies

Even Palestine is better than Malaysia?!!

(The Sun) PETALING JAYA (Nov 22, 2006): Malaysia is a "flawed democracy" and falls nearly at the bottom of the list, below Mongolia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Palestine in a new Democracy Index developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The index, which is available in The Economist's annual publication The World in 2007, grades 167 countries out of 192 independent states according to their degree of democracy.

The index looks at 60 indicators across the five categories of electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation, and political culture.

Countries are spread across four regime types Ð full democracies (28 countries), flawed democracies (54), hybrid regimes (30) and authoritarian regimes (55).

"Sweden leads the pack with a near-perfect score followed closely by Iceland and the Netherlands.

"By contrast, the United States (ranked 17th), Britain (23rd) and France (24th) are near the bottom of the full democracy category," a press statement from The Economist said.

South Africa leads the "flawed democracy" category at 29th position, followed by South Korea at 31, Taiwan 32, India 35, Mongolia 56, Sri Lanka 57, the Philippines 63, Indonesia 65, Timor Leste 65, Bangladesh 75, Hongkong 78 and Palestine 79.

Malaysia ranks 81, sharing the spot with Bolivia at the bottom of the category.

The statement said "flawed democracies" were concentrated in Latin America and eastern Europe.

"Many of these countries remain fragile democracies. Levels of political participation are generally very low and democratic cultures are weak," it said.

Malaysia, however, remains ahead of Singapore (84), Thailand (90) and Cambodia (105) which fall under the "hybrid regimes" category, of which Iraq (112) anchors.

Pakistan (113) tops the list of "authoritarian regimes" while North Korea ranks last. In between are China (138), Vietnam (145), Laos (155) and Myanmar (163).

The Economist said more than half of the world's population lived in a democracy of some sort, although only 13% reside in full democracies.

"Despite the advances in democracy in recent decades, almost 40% of the world's population still live under authoritarian rule," it said.

It added that after decades of progress, the most recent global trends in democratisation have been negative, signalling a pause in the spread of democracy.

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1 comment:

Lucifer said...

i would say malaysia is still lucky as a nation to having a moderate democracy, why is say that? the bottom line question would be is, is the people ready to handle a full and open democracy?.....i believe that too much democracy for a developing country into a developed nation bad if the citizens are not ready to handle total democracy..

you still see progress in malaysia and that i feel is still very one neighbor of yours 15° north east above the equator...look at their economy what it has become? look how much poverty and corruption they have there due to too much democracy, when back in the 60's they were the tiger of asia unfortunately because the people were not ready for the such so called "democracy" they even where left behind by thailands growing economy. I dont think malaysians would allow and choose an artist to run the nation would you? their peso cant even compare in value to your ringit and its even getting worst for them with all the political instability...that my friend is result of too much democracy that the people were not ready for.