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Survey ranks Malaysia a ‘flawed democracy’ in 2014

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Malaysia is behind Indonesia and Phippines for real democracy.

Malaysia was considered a “flawed democracy” in 2014, ranking 65 out of 167 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Democracy Index which measures the state of democracy around the world.

In comparison, Indonesia and Philippines are at 49th and 53rd spot, respectively, while Singapore trails behind at 75.

The EIU defines flawed democracies as countries that have free and fair elections and where basic freedoms are largely respected.

But they also have significant weaknesses in other aspects, such as infringements on media freedom, problems in governance, an under-developed political culture and low levels of political participation.

Malaysia’s overall score of 6.49 out of 10 in 2014 is consistent with its score the year before, and an improvement from the 6.41 recorded in 2012.

It is also an improvement from the 6.19 it recorded in 2011 and 2010.

In 2008, Malaysia’s score of 6.38 was a big jump from the 5.98 recorded in the first instalment of the index in 2006.

While Malaysia has held regular elections, critics here feel the polls are not fair and allege that there manipulation of voters’ electoral […]