People here still live with a dictatorial government put in place by a dictatorial system. Even within the government there is no room for differing views. It must be really frustrating to be a thinking politician.
Have you noticed that, generally, politicians have nothing really to say about policies? Any opinion that is not sanctioned by the government is seen as subversive and sensitive. Apologies must be quickly tendered in this atmosphere of fear if someone says something 'out of line'. In the Western scheme of things, this is called oppression.
The Malaysian people voted for this system. Every four years they return the same people to power and they are so afraid of change. They have never tasted change and have been made to fear change. They deserve what they get.
If somebody wants to double the price of petrol, what can anyone else do in this system?