Jurusan : Ilmu Politik
Mata Kuliah : Pembangunan Politik dan Studi Demokratisasi
SPEECH BY MR GEORGE YEO, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AT BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM, 10 DECEMBER 2008, 12:00 PM AT BALI, INDONESIA
In this speech Mr.Yeo describes the role of democracy as a means towards good governancy. He starts by saying that international organizations developed after the end of World War II is in need of revision and updates because it can no longer keep up with the multi polar community of the world nowadays. Mr. Yeo emphasizes that this new urgency calls for a more pragmatic approach to democracy, rather than idealistic form of it, he uses his own country, Singapore, as an example. As an evergrowing small city-state country with no natural resources, Singapore focuses on three major points. First, the rule of law, it is not enough to have created good rule of law, but to also have a good implementation system for it to be successful, fair and transparent is the goal, and so far in my opinion, Singapore is a good role model for strong rule implementation and civil society recognizing law and abiding it. Second, a balance of short term and long term and also a balance in individual and community needs. While it is true that electoral voting gives society to control who will govern them, it also gives politicians pressure to commit to societal demands in a very short period of time so the perspective changes from running a good government to winning the election and capturing the attention of society and media. While in terms of individual and community needs, Singapore being a multi-ethnic community has had to manage endless efforts of balancing acts to provide for both individual needs and the Singaporean community at large. By acknowledging these three important points, Mr.Yeo believes that democracy at a national level can be achieved, and while it is a fact that global democracy is still at the hands of western...