Malaysia’s people have spoken, and all the world sends good wishes for a smooth successful transition to an effective new government, fairly and openly chosen according to the country’s rules-based order.

Across our planet, those democracies where a sovereign heads the nation hold reverence for the concept of (His or) ‘Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’.

With or without sovereign, this phrasing points delicately but powerfully to how every side – government or opposition, ordinary people and those effecting change from above, each political participant good and true – remains committed to advancing the cause of the nation. Holding on to this idea allows that national loyalty together with the heat of responsible, informed debate elicit the best of a responsive government, and that that in turn makes better both the nation and its people.

Many congratulations and safe journey as your government delivers on its promises, attracts informed debate, and keeps responsive to the people.

Benjamin Weustemaat's Leviathan

Leviathan. Image by Benjamin Weustemaat