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    Malaysia’s election system proves it’s a democratic country, says Dr Mahathir

    KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the election system practised by Malaysia has proven that the country upholds democracy.

    “Many people would dispute what I say because they think that Malaysia is not very democratic but I would like to tell you that since independence, it has held 14 elections and there was not much complains about the elections except the last one.

    “So in terms of the people selecting their leaders, Malaysia has proven that it is democratic,” he said delivering the Oxford Union talk broadcast live by Astro Awani from London yesterday.

    Dr Mahathir said democrats now have become intolerant of other countries’ systems which they consider as dictatorships.

    He said that democracy should not be forced on people as they should be making their own choices, and the act of forcing countries to become democratic is undemocratic.

    “Now when I say this, I’m reminded of course that I myself was a prime minister who was accused of being a dictator. Of course, many people believed I was a dictator, how else could you govern the country except by being a dictator?

    “I just would like to point that in the history of nations, there has not been a single dictator who stepped down while in power and allow others to take over.  Dictators don’t usually resign or retire, they like to be dictators until they die,” he said.

    The prime minister said that although democracy can be manipulated in many ways as it was very difficult and complex to work with, it was good in the sense that democracy allowed people to choose their own government.

    Hence, Dr Mahathir said he believed that democracy could only exist and help a country to prosper if the people understood what democracy was all about.

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