It is my honest feeling that in Brunei we may consider some change to the way we elect Tua Kampongs and Penghulus
Political party based democracy will be a huge mistake for Brunei considering the mismanagement and corruption in very many democracies in the developing countries in Asia and Africa. Instead I venture to suggest a party-less, individual moral based rule on the following lines.
The elections for Tua Kampongs which are now held at different times must be held at the same time. The Election commission of Brunei( Ministry of Home Affairs) must mange and organise this.
Every 1500 people of Brunei should elect a representative( something similar to Tua Kampongs) and those who stand as representatives must be vetted by an Islamic Religion based Council of Experts for their Taqwa, honesty, public service, character and qualifications.
Once they are approved to stand, full details of their bio-data, financial particulars, statements of assets must be given on a specific web site. This will help to ensure whether they are accumulating disproportionate amount of wealth over a period of time.
These representatives may be called basic democrats. May be we will have about 300-400 basic democrats. And these 300-400 will constitute the electoral college to elect, say about 30 parliament members.
And His Majesty may nominate another 30 parliament members and of course by constitution His Majesty will and should remain the Prime Minister and the Constitutional monarch.
Brunei’s political experts can work out the finer details if His Majesty feels that there is some sense in what I am suggesting.
I have ventured to give these suggestions based on my worry and concern about the future of Brunei as a peaceful Islamic Sultanate.
A multi party democracy will ruin the small nation and make the politicians to loot the nation as we see in very many Asian, African and Latin American countries that have gone for Western form of democracy.
I take this opportunity to pray to Allah SWT to give his majesty peace of mind, happiness, good health and long life and give His Majesty the courage and confidence to serve the people of Brunei.
I ask for His Majesty’s forgiveness for my liberty in making these suggestions, Wallahi these are with all good intentions.
This post was submitted by pa.amin.