After the parliament was dissolved on the 4th of April, I think that the feeling of anxiety gradually buildt up in many of us Malaysians. As the election day grew closer, many political party went all out to win the hearts of Malaysians. All kinds of news about politics and election flooded my Facebook page. Once ignorant about the political issues in Malaysia, I grew very interested in this matter. I took the initiative to find out more about the current situation and came around to be better informed this time. Thanks to online media portal, I could also see many young Malaysians especially my generation starting to be observant with the political turmoil happening around them.
The 5th of May finally came, many Malaysians headed out as early as 7.30 in the morning to the voting center to cast their votes. Though I wasn't an eligible voter yet, I decided to accompany my family to the voting center just to have the chance to experience what it is like to play a part as a patriotic citizen. Actually, I went there with the hope that my presence would remind voters that this vote that they were going to cast in a while's time, it wouldn't just be for them but also the younger generation whose lives would be affected by the result of the General Election as much as theirs. That one vote of theirs means millions of voices of the younger generation who are interested in future of Malaysia just like them. I thought that if they could see that, they would surely think very carefully before casting that vote they have in their hands.
We were at the voting center quite early that morning, I looked like a very excited kid among all the other adults who looked like they already made a firm decision in their mind which party/candidate would deserve their vote. Though of course, I was a little disappointed as I did not see many people of my age group around apart from the younger children around the age of 5-12 that were there with their parents or grandparents. I didn't actually expect there would be many 'kepoji' (busybody in Mandarin) like me who are ineligible to vote but still insisted on following others to the voting center but I believe that if there was a larger number of my generation there with the placard urging voters to please make the right decision on their behalf, we would probably succeed in getting the message across. What a waste that I didn't think of an idea like that before. Oh well, I guess I'm going to have to wait till next time!
So, the 13th General Election results have been announced. Once again, the incumbent party, Barisan National have retained the federal government with 133 parliamentary seats on as against 89 seats won by Opposition, Pakatan Rakyat. This is probably one very devastating news for many people, including me. For all the slogans that supports UBAH! (Change!) that have been going around the country before the election and also during the election, I believe that many out there really hoped and clinged strongly to that tiny home that we could really make a change this time around. Though of course, we knew that a change would not be so easily achieved because of all the dirty tactics that were used to disrupt the voting processes and results.
After the result was announced yesterday, my facebook page was filled with comments on the dissatisfactory/disappointment written by many Malaysians and many of my friends on Facebook changed their profile picture black. I must admit that I was one of them. That that moment in time, I could feel my heart crush into pieces and I simply didn't want to accept the fact that our nation has once again fallen into the hands of those culprits who have probably brought nothing but damage to our beloved country. I can bet that we are all quite clear of the dirty tactics used in this election. Oh, how I wish there was actually something I could do to change these happenings, how I wish I need not accept this terrible fact. I felt that if it wasn't such an unfair election, I would probably be more than happy to accept the fact that we lost the battle. But then, the truth is, it was rather out in the open that this election was NOTHING BUT FAIR!!
In the midst of voicing out my disappointment, I am very glad to receive consoling from my fellow Malaysians. They urged me to view this event from a different perspective. This past event is definitely not going to be something that we Malaysians will put behind and let be forgotten easily, but an event that proves that we Malaysians are more united than we all think. Moreover, with strong determination and will power, it will not be long before we reach our goal to build a better nation progressing forward. For all that we have fought, we have come too far to just let this go. Malaysians, we all can do it! GAMBATEH!!! Let's do this hand in hand, fight the evil & unworthy!
I would like to thank all voters that went all out to cast their vote! And I would also like to thank all Malaysians for being this united! I am certainly very proud! Another fact I think we all should be proud of is that we just made a new record of 80% voters turnout which is the highest turnout ever in the Malaysian history! Let's make that percentage higher the next time! Let's continue to be united, not just during times like this but always and forever! From now on, let's all be as involved in the change for a better nation as we can! People say, it is quite impossible to make a 360 degree change in a day, so let's make small changes day by day, shall we? There is a malay proverb that goes, "sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama menjadi bukit." It simply means that a little at a time, it is going to be a lot in a long run. If we start preparing from now, we surely stand a change to win the next time!
Here, I have a essay written by a Malaysian which was shared with me. Now, I share it with you because I believe we all can really learn from.
Also, an essay shared with me by a person whom I look really high up to. I hope his thoughts inspires you to continue having the fighting spirit to fight for something that we all believe in. This person has chosen to say anonymous.
Demi negara kita tercinta, demi Malaysia, kita, rakyat Malaysia berjuang sampai terakhir saat!
It means for our beloved country, for Malaysia, we, Malaysians will fight until the very end!
The next time, we shall all be prepared.
Before I end, I am going to share my favourite quote in the film V for Vendetta which I watched one day before the election day. You should watch it too. :)
"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Government should be afraid of their people."
- Alan Moore.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on this subjects. :) After all, we all have the rights to voice out our thoughts. :)