KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18, 2010): Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today if democracy does not work for the betterment of a country, an authoritarian system might be the answer.
“Democracy has failed in many countries. They have failed to deliver what they have promised. In the system of election for example, if you are to insist on 100% support to form a government, you will never have a government – that is why we have to be satisfied with a majority government,” Mahathir said.
Speaking to about 300 people at an international forum here on “The Creation of a Global Citizen: Media Liberalisation and New Political Realities”, he highly commended China for having become the world’s number one economy despite authoritarian rule.