How the tables have turned

Once Umno could put up a banana stump and it could win an election. Now the Opposition can put up a motley of bloggers, activists, petty traders and amateur videographers to stand for a seat and they can win.

EVERY domination bears within itself the seeds of its own destruction. The fall from power of once dominant political parties (and they can rise again), such as the LDP in Japan, the KMT in Taiwan, the Congress Party in India, and the PRI in Mexico, shows that the exercise of power by its very nature eventually leads to a process of disintegration of the ruling group.

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