August 15, 2008

Marina Mahathir in Bangladesh

Marina binti Mahathir is a human rights activist and the daughter of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad. She is well known as a leader in many non-governmental organizations such as the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and is currently an active socio-political blogger.

Marina Mahathir is in Bangladesh for a visit. She describes her visit in Bangladesh in her blog:
Bangladesh is an interesting place, far more than we give it credit for. Since January 2007, it has had an Interim Government which is provided for in its Constitution. Basically they got so fed-up of all the politicians they had that they threw them all out and installed a government of politically-neutral professionals who are called Advisers. The interim Prime Minister is called Chief Adviser. They are there only for a specific length of time only and in December this year, there will be elections to elect a new Government.

Meantime however the Interim Government has actually been doing a good job. In the time that they have been governing, they have probably done more good things than all past governments combined, passing no less than 80 reforms that people have long wanted. They have done things in that short space of time that politicians have been saying couldn't be done in 50 years!

Given our recent political turbulence, having an Interim Government made up of serious professionals uninterested in politics sounds very attractive indeed! Wish we had a Constitutional provision like that!
Read the rest here.


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