Let us end 50 years of BN rule


by Richard Teo

For the first time in more than fifty years, when the next General Election comes, I am going to abandon the edict that it is better to vote for the devil that I know rather than the devil that I don’t Know.

This time round there will be no hesitation. I will be like the proverbial saying throw caution to the wind. There will be no turning back. There will be no second thoughts.

For the last fifty years I have faithfully chosen the safe path. I voted for the race-based party that belonged to the Barisan National.

I even encouraged and persuaded my relatives to vote along the same racial line to ensure a strong stable govt that will protect the interests of all races. But events of late has proven me wrong.

This govt that I and many others who placed their faith in is a corrupt, short-sighted, manipulative, racist and incompetent one. After fifty years they have not shown their abiltiy to govern with wisdom.

Instead they squandered our nation’s coffers, encouraged and perpetuated a corrupt civil service and continue to formulate economic and fiscal policies that will take our country down the road to destruction.

Enough is enough.

Our country could’nt be worse off than what it is now.The time has come to vote for a change.

After fifty years the present govt is complacent. We need to inject fresh blood with new vision to bring us further into this millennium or suffer and be left behind in this globalised world.

The choice to determine our direction and future is in our hands. Let us choose wisely and vote for any one/party that stand against B.N.

Even if we cannot win let us deny them the two-third majority that they enjoy for the last fifty years.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 9:58 am

    For the last fifty years you have faithfully chosen the safe path. You voted for the race-based party that belonged to the Barisan National.

    Thanks to people like you, we are now stuck with a power-crazy political party that rules by decree. As for denying them the two-third majority that they have enjoyed and abused for the last fifty years, do you know that the disproportionate voting system established by them ensures that they need only 40% of the popular vote to gain a simple majority and hence form the next government?

  2. #2 by k1980 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:06 am

  3. #3 by sk88 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:19 am

    I only hope there will come a day when people will come to their senses and vote to replace the present government. Even if the BN cannot be replaced a strong opposition would do a lot good to check on the abuse of power and unruly behaviour of the MPs and ministers who think the are above the law.

  4. #4 by cklife on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:22 am

    Agree…. I used to believe BN is competent up to a certain degree and to vote for opposition means nothing will be done.
    I’ve changed my mind, after witnessing all the downfalls and attitudes BN had brought to our life.

    I’ll vote for anything. PAS, KEADILAN, DAP and independents.
    Even a tikus or cicak running against them, I still won’t vote for them. It’s time to punish them for all the problems they incite.

  5. #5 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:32 am

    Ah, Richard, what a brave and opportune thing to say. If by chance it become fortuitous for us in the country who feels like you to do so, do you think we would not want it to be so? We have DAP (all other so-called opposition parties are just window dressings for their own agendas and not Malaysia) who seems to be the most consistent party to challenge the government and yet cannot do much to cause any significant change in the running of the country.

    Yes, we have grousers, opposers, freedom fighters and such like. To date, what do they have to show for their efforts. The government, like it or not, has used the means and resources at their beck and call, to kerb, thwart, cajole, coax, frustrate and even subvert any efforts to bring the country’s state of governance to a credible state which can be believed to be open, transparent and even progressive.

    Not only is the country reverting to a third world mentality (thanks to TDM for always comparing us to having progressed tremendously in the light of genocidal nations like Rwanda, Ethopia, Sudan. Did and do any one of our leaders dare to compare our progress with countries like even our closer neighbour?), our country is being brought down by the quagmire of corruption, intolerance (it’ll get worse,you’ll see), and the continued marginalisation, affirmative actions and multiple careless standards applied on its citizens.

    With or without the two third majority, so long as the governance is based on lack of integration of the various races into Malaysians per se, instead of bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras, there will never be a Malaysia of the kind true Malaysians dream of. Don’t spit in the wind. The rot has been created and has grown so pervasive that it will end in a situation as black as civil strife before there will be any chance our government will concede to rule the land for the people and by the people. Even then, who can tell what draconian measures will be employ to continue with affirmative actions, so long as they will serve the politicians who couldn’t care less what the nation becomes so long as they can continue to plunder the country’s economic resource for their own life styles.

    Lose your breath and vent your frustration to excite a state of good governance as much as anyone wishes – it will still be the bumiputeras (who are they anyway) against the non-bumiputeras. And tragically, that’s how our politicians want it to stay status quo.

    Malaysia for Malaysians is a lost cause. Nobody really believes it any longer. We continue to cause mosquito bites that irritate rather than cause any real change in our state of affairs for a country that’s gone to the dogs. Tun Hussien was apprehensive about his successor. And he was right. Malaysia died the day Tun Hussien handed over the reins. R.I.P. and fantasise on.

  6. #6 by TruthEnquirer on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:35 am

    You should get real. The BN’s rule will not be ended by your votes for PAS, KEADILAN, DAP, independents, tikus or cicak running against them. There is too much vested interest and money at stake for them to allow a constitutional change. They will increase the gerry mandering, money politics, use the EC Commission and twist every electoral rule in the book and threaten all kinds of May 13 scenarios than to even allow the 2/3 majority to be whittled. Of course what I said does not imply you should not go ahead and exercise your constitutional right to vote against it. It is the Malay votes that count. The only way the BN’s depredations will end is when it reforms and re-invent its policies from within due to some cataclysmic event that forments widespread upsurge of disaffection amongst majority malay constituency.

  7. #7 by TruthEnquirer on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:39 am

    “Tun Hussien was apprehensive about his successor. And he was right. Malaysia died the day Tun Hussien handed over the reins. R.I.P. and fantasise on”.

    You are right. TDM has not been made to account. He is architect of demise of progressive Malaysia. A thousand years from now when a objective determination of his legacy is possible, it will be spat upon.

  8. #8 by negarawan on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:54 am

    My entire family and relatives will NOT be voting for BN this time. We made a mistake in the past, but never will we repeat that again. We blindly entrusted our future to BN but BN has deeply hurt our feelings and grossly abused our trust in them. Malaysia has become so racially, religiously, and economically divided because of the corruption, incompetence and arrogance of UMNO, MCA and MIC. I have seen unimaginable corruption among an UMNO minister and her relatives, where millions of ringgit of taxpayers money have been used to enrich their own families to the extent that it becomes sickening. Just take a look at the so-called prime minister of Malaysia now, does he care about the plight of the poor and unfortunate non-bumis, does he care about the sufferings of families who are being persecuted religiously, does he care about fairness and justice to all Malaysians? The answer is clearly NO. He seems to spend most of his time overseas with a large entourage of ministers and businessman on taxpayers money. What benefit has he brought to the country through all these expensive visits? There are much more problems and issues requiring his attention within the country but he is never around, or rather never aware. Look at the arrogance, rudeness, and inhumaness of BN ministers. The type of rough and dirty language they use in parliament is disgusting. They are showing bad examples for youths to emulate. It is no wonder that there are so many social and behavioral problems among youths in the country because the BN “leaders” behave like thugs themselves. Even the speaker of parliament endorses their bad language and behaviour, and the lame prime minister has done and said nothing about it. What kind of “leadership” is this? The principles of Rukunegara are not adhered to by the prime minister himself!

  9. #9 by yellowkingdom on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:57 am

    I am with you for a change of government in the coming elections.
    We are on a slippery slope going down. Time to check the rot.

  10. #10 by maya on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 11:01 am

    Richard,
    I am a kindred spirit, in fact when my husband came back from voting in the last GE (I didnt as i was in confinement) i actually asked him who he voted for, despite that being none of my business! I have always thought BN was the one to champion our rights, partly because the only papers i read where the NST and Star..Now i know better. Now i know they have championed my rights to such an extent that i have no rights anymore. I definitely will vote for the opposition. I noticed some people here are cynical, saying that the status quo will remain. Well i suppose, if all of us thought that way, it will. As the great scholar said, a journey of a 1000 mile begins with a single step. I am making that step, and will take it one step at a time. God bless us all.
    cheers

  11. #11 by zack on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 12:13 pm

    But..but..but… which party (in the opposition) that can take over from the BN and can satistfied the Majority and NOT the minority her and there ? Can the DAP takes over and be accepted by ALL?

  12. #12 by taikohtai on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 12:35 pm

    I doubt many Malaysians will follow suit to vote out BN……….don’t think the waving of the keris has ended. The raising of the spectre of May 13 is a favourite vote winning past time come election and I will bet my bottom dollar that we haven’t seen the end of the crooked dagger yet.

    However, having said the above, I am all for those who vote with their head. BN is rotten to the core and I believe Anwar is the man for modern Malaysia. Vote him in and if he doesn’t perform, vote him out.

  13. #13 by Plaintruth on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 1:15 pm

    To Richard Teo, negarawan, and maya,

    Insha-Allah you finally wake up and see the truth. I beg you to double and triple and ten-fold your effort to tell your own story of how bad BN has lead this country down the drain to all the people you know. Encourage them to vote for DAP.

    Do not think of DAP as branded as opposition party. Look at its track record for the last 20 years. The party is fighting for all the citizen in Malaysia. Even though in reality this coming election DAP may not get the majority, the high votes won by DAP will send a thounderous message to BN and UMNO that the status quo can not be tolerated anymore.

    Be God, Buddha, Allah, Vishnu, bless you.

  14. #14 by negarawan on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 1:16 pm

    http://news.asiaone.com.sg/a1news/20070624_story6_1.html

    The NEP and racial discrimination in Malaysia is not acceptable by international standards, jus like apartheid!

  15. #15 by bhuvan.govindasamy on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 1:49 pm

    Call me a cynic, but, I do not believe that BN would ever lose.

    The opposition does not have a viable coalition to present itself as the next government. DAP is viewed as a chinese party though this perception is false. No non-muslim would vote for PAS, as they are viewed as being regressive and radical, which I personally believe there’s much truth in it. Keadilan will probably go the way of Semangat 46. IPF is subservient to MIC.

    While I’m totally opposed to communal politics, it is hard for me to envision M’sian politics from being otherwise. Unless our people change their mindset, BN will continue to rule. Even if our people are on the brink of change, the Najis-nazris, Hisap-mmudins, Mahathirs would scare the bejesus out of the majority malay and force the status quo.

  16. #16 by moong cha cha II on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 2:09 pm

    BN = UMNO = Ketuanan Melayu, yang lain pendatang

  17. #17 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 2:39 pm

    It’s all very good to go on harping on the same old tune that BN is corrupt to the core and hence will never be able to govern the country towards real progress and maturity. It’s all very well to say let’s not vote BN in the next election. But where do we go from there? Well your guess is as good as mine.

    Any alternative government will be just as bad if not worse. Richard’s words “to abandon the edict that it is better to vote for the devil that I know rather than the devil that I don’t Know.” actually is no more than semantics. We are all so exposed to rhetorics and cliches without any solid form / plan / course of action(s) to counter the decomposition of the country’s diseased body, that whatever we opt to do will actually come to naught. Even though I will apologise for being pessimistic, I do not have anything to be optimistic about what will happen even when there is a change in the government.

    The bigger question is do we, in the country, have such a big man with a big heart and a big hand to deal with the rot. We do not have a Mandela who can bring SA out of apartheid. Neither do we have a people who, defeated in argument and power, have the will to want to forge a Malaysia that will be freed of its shackles of affirmative actions. The government under the BN has never ever thought it wiser and more productive to teach those they want to bring up, to fish. Instead, the BN government only wants to continue ladling their proteges’ plates with not only fish but cooked ones as well. In that way, the BN government ensures loyalty, insurance and adherence to staying in power. And power to the BN is not power to do more for the country but to continue with the lifestyles of the rich and powerful.

    Our intellect and elite have long taken the softer road after being bashed about for so long. Their sane and sensible voices have been silenced in one way or another such that, now and again, one might hear a brief short sigh of disaffection. And as one commentator said a thousand years from now the legacy left for determination will be spat at. Three cheers for TDM. At least he’ll make his mark. But Malaysia and Malaysians? – who cares!!!

    Probably, Indo-China, before its fragmentation, during the road to self-government, then a dark period of genocidal cleansing, and finally a wake-up call to move on to a better life following the opening up of China – all these historical lessons – may be a lesson for BN to look into and learn in all its earnestness before Malaysia head down the same road before finally we can come out of the third / fourth world thos. I continue to spit into the wind even though I’ve told everyone else not to. Ah, the irony of it all.

  18. #18 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 2:42 pm

    Correction …. ” fourth world Ethos. I continue …

  19. #19 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 2:47 pm

    By the way, did anyone read about the qualifications of our Ministers and those of the Singaporean Government? It’s lilltle wonder we are dealing with such immaturity coming from the so-called leaders of Malaysia. But you have to give them credit for being very good at spelling R-I-N-G-G-I-T even when there is no such word spelt K-A-N-T-O-U, a word they make up for the main activity they are expert in.

  20. #20 by Jong on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 2:48 pm

    Yes, the way to go Regime Change!

    Time to throw out those BN bigots who have lost all sense of decency, values and moral firbre. All they know is to plunder the nation’s coffer dry. Look at all those failed governement projects, has anyone, any minister the decency to come out to admit responsibility? Nah, only finger pointing! Typically of the Barisan National !

    Yesterday again(!) Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek was quoted as “visibly upset” over another ‘sick’ hospital with several defects and pipe bocor at the newly opened Pekan Hospital. He wanted to know if it was caused by the design of the pipe system, the type of pipe used or shoddy workmanship.

    Obviously Dr Chua was being diplomatic, definitely not blurr to the
    culprits’ ever-occurring “modus operandi” when he asked those questions.

    I agree with TruthEnquirer, we should get real. It will be an uphill task, with BN government-controlled Berita Harian, NST and Star telling all the lies to the rakyat. Thanks to the internet, at least some of us get to read the ‘real news’ and the People’s views/comments, uncensored.

    The power of the media, if any of you have noticed in the Altantuya murder case, in the initial hearing, the press identified Altantuya’s father as :

    “Dr Setev Shaariibuu, former Lecturer”
    and
    “Dr Shaariibuu, Director, National University of Mongolia’s Information & Education”,

    but ever since Dr Shaariibuu on behalf of his family filed a law suit against the Malaysian Govt for the death of his daughter Altantuya, and the complaints of harrassement by Mazlinda Makhzan aka Mrs Razak Baginda to which she denied, our government-controlled media has been describing him as “Stev Shaariibuu, the “professor of psycschology”.

    See the insinuation? That was most mischevious. We don’t need such media reporting that shows no sympathetic respect and compassion to another human being in such difficult times.

    Dr Shaariibuu has lost a daughter and he is here as prosecution witness however inconvenience it is for him to leave his devastated and sickly wife back home, to see to it that justice is done and the culprits identified and punished.

    I call upon all those government-controlled media to give some decent fair reporting to all concerned. The Shaariibuu family have just lost a daughter, a mother and a sister so please do not cause them more pain; they have suffered enough.

    Insinuation does no party any good.

  21. #21 by k1980 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 3:09 pm

    Will these ever be realised in Dollah’s MatJenin dream of 2057?
    http://malaysia-today.net/blog2006/index.php?itemid=5724

    1. Have one set of laws that applies equally to everyone, regardless of skin colour, race, or religion. No more ‘bumi’ privileges, and no more official or unofficial racial quotas—a strict meritocracy should be in place at all levels of government, and eventually Malaysian society in general.

    2. Ban all race-based organizations, including race-based political parties.

    3. The current ‘dual-track’ legal system needs to be abolished. Civil courts must have the final say in all legal matters. Syariah courts should be minimized, or better yet, completely eliminated. If 20 million Muslims in Europe can live without Syariah courts, then why can 15 million Muslim Malays not make do without them?

    4. End NEP and any programmes like it, now and forever. If the government is going to hand out welfare, it should be based on need, not on race or ethnicity.

    5. Dump the official faith. Governments have no business running religious affairs or legislating morality. Eliminate funding for all religious-based activities and departments. This would, of course, entail the dissolution of all religious police and religious entities such as JAIS and JAKIM at all levels of government.

    6. Freedom of religion must be real and guaranteed for all, rather than just being given pro forma lip service. And get rid of the ‘religion’ field on ‘MyKad’ and any other official ID, so there are no more ‘Lina Joys’. A person’s faith, or lack thereof, is not the business of any earthly authority!

    7. Make English an official language of the country, and print all government documents in this language.

    8. Make English language classes compulsory for all Malaysians starting from Standard One. Teach all subjects in this language, except for Bahasa Melayu/Malaysia, Tamil, Mandarin, and other languages.

    9. Establish English departments at all state-run institutions for higher learning. And open a college in Malaysia specifically for training English teachers. Malaysia desperately needs qualified ones, as the current system is totally incapable of creating enough of them. Bring in as many foreign English teachers as required to accomplish these and other goals.

    10. Loosen the rules for foreign business and allow increased foreign investment.

    11. Phase out all subsidies. The oil is running out, and so will the largess that allows the government to continue these subsidies. Better a soft landing via a phase-out than a brutal price spike that is otherwise inevitable just a few short years from now.

    12. No racial preferences or race-based treatment when awarding government contracts.

    13. Practice complete freedom of speech—no more censorship or banning of books, TV shows, magazines, movies, or other media.
    Malaysia’s current social contract is in fact fatally flawed, because no country that has built its society on envy, coercion, and racial division can ever succeed in the long term. Malaysia is now at the point where radical surgery is required, or this country will fall not just further behind, but out of the race altogether.

  22. #22 by Libra2 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 4:32 pm

    I have voted in seven general elections and my vote has always gone to the DAP. The party lost the parliamentary seat seven times but won the state seat twice.
    My stand was, we need a strong opposition to keep the BN on its toe but alas most voters chose the BN so as not to “rock the boat”.
    It is this attitude that had built a culture of arrogance and impunity with the BN circle.
    Just vote for any opposition without any fear. Like water finding its own level, there will alignment and realignment of forces from both the BN and Opposition to form a new front. Yes, even if you have to give your vote to PAS, do so.
    Voting for BN is a sure way to destroy this country.

  23. #23 by Daniel Quah on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 4:52 pm

    vote BN -> vote Death

    5 yrs have gone and everyday i look at our country…we are losing out to other country.while our minister still play their arrogant attitude in Parlimen…haizz…

  24. #24 by ihavesomethingtosay on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 7:19 pm

    For 2 generatins we have always believe that no lap dog party will fight for our interest, hence my parents and my family voted for any opposition.

    Today, I convince A non register voter to register himself and his family and vote for a change, fifty years is tooooooo looooong a [email protected]#king wait, I am now into my third generation.

    Dear Comentators in Kit’s blog, what have you done today?

  25. #25 by DiaperHead on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 7:33 pm

    “A thousand years from now when a objective determination of his legacy is possible, it will be spat upon.” TruthEnquirer

    Richard Teo, will you be around then to dance and pee on any grave in a thousand years?

  26. #26 by k1980 on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 8:11 pm

    So this is how Malaysia breaks records?! And the rest of the world must be shocked to have such idiotic record-breakers

    http://the-malaysian.blogspot.com/2007/06/hooray-malaysia-sets-another-record.html

    ” 8,571 people, mostly women, took part in the Muhibbah Dance Fiesta at Dataran Merdeka here Sunday, breaking the old record of 7,325 people set in 2003…The fiesta made it to the Malaysia Book of Records (MBoR) for having the most people dancing at the same time for over an hour.”

  27. #27 by TruthEnquirer on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 9:00 pm

    “Malaysia’s current social contract is in fact fatally flawed, because no country that has built its society on envy, coercion, and racial division can ever succeed in the long term”. k1980

    Your 13 points are enlightened.

    The social contract is fatally flawed but it is perceived by many an extremist spokesmen for the majority as much needed solution to address the problem of a huge minority population of different ethnicity culture and religion refusing to be assimilated. Tribalism is too rooted for celebration of diversity which is only given lip service.

    The opposite of the 13 points, and all their disadvantages are faced and tolerated as a necessary evil for its expedience to operate as “push” factor in respect of the current brain drain and reverse migration of the most educated and brightest of the non native races whose forefathers emigrated here a century ago.

    For so long as substantial minority races thrive and compete successfully with their most educated and brightest around for what is perceived by majority as more than their share of entitlement, the source of envy and racial division will always remain.

    The grand plan is when enough numbers of you have emigrated to Western host countries, when the majority race is 90% and the minority a negligible fragmented poor and uneducated 10% presenting no competition or threat to racial and cultural esteem of the majority, the majority will reinstate the 13 points you mentioned to propel the country forward.

    That is the final solution to the problem the British Colonial created in this land 100 years ago.

  28. #28 by shortie kiasu on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 10:03 pm

    50 years is indeed a long wait politically. Why it takes so long a time for a sobre person to realize that he had placed his faith on the wrong party?….. With due respect, it is hard to believe. Lots of reservation.

  29. #29 by dawsheng on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 11:07 pm

    I believe no one is stupid. But I would say maybe someone has a low IQ, by saying this I don’t mean I am more intelligent than anyone, I am just saying how can anyone be stupid. I don’t even know the meaning of being stupid, does that make me stupid? Just how stupid is being stupid? Do you think UMNO is stupid? MCA and MIC stupid? Or Malaysian is stupid? DAP is more clever? I don’t think so, maybe there are only winners or losers. Which side are you on? So when loser speaks, no one really care.

  30. #30 by dawsheng on Sunday, 24 June 2007 - 11:35 pm

    How are we going to end 50 years of BN rule? Now majority of the Malays still thinks NEP is the best for them, how is that really makes one wonder? And they want NEP than let them have it, afterall Malay thinks thay are better off if there are no Chinese in Malaysia. And if they want to prove it they will have to wait till the last Chinese is dead in this country. So let’s wait. And now what, becoming Malay is more important than becoming Malaysian, and you know what, it’s easy too, what the..??? What is even scarier is DAP’s Malaysian 1st will destroys whatever meaning of being a Malay is all about, and what is that only god knows. Is this stupid? I think is crazy man.

  31. #31 by dawsheng on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 2:33 am

    “Enough is enough.

    Our country could’nt be worse off than what it is now.The time has come to vote for a change.” Richard Teo

    Tell that to the top 40 richest man in Malaysia and they will disagree with you.

  32. #32 by dawsheng on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 2:42 am

    “Even if we cannot win let us deny them the two-third majority that they enjoy for the last fifty years.” Richard Teo

    First, we want to end BN rule, but then it is ok if we deny them two-third majority. This speak volumes.

  33. #33 by Godamn Singh on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 2:43 am

    Talk to the street beggar going over your rubbish, often referred to street entrepreneur and ask him if he has had enough. He’ll tell you “Enough is never enough”.

  34. #34 by ProMalaysiaNotBN on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 7:12 am

    k1980 Says: Will these ever be realised in Dollah’s MatJenin dream of 2057?

    Is 25 odd years of plundering not enough? Why do we have to wait for another 50 years of further plundering by BN before the country can be turned around? And, more significantly, will there be anything left to be turned around? Change is now and the near future. TDM vision 2020 is really “Too Kosong Too Kosong” now that Malaysians are not so myopic to HIS dreams – meant for his and his alone. And the legacy continues with his successors who continue to be lackeys to power and corruption.

  35. #35 by blackacre on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 11:26 am

    Richard, Richard..

    Have you ever had the ocassion to watch “A Man for All Seasons”, the dialogue between Sir Thomas & His Son In Law on the laws of england being planted from coast to coast is interesting and i submit analogous to your situation.

    Throughout these fifty years, we have seen worthy men and women sacrifice their lifes for Malaysia, names like Fan Yew Tang, Sim Kwang Yang..comes to mind.. Now Roper, where would you turn when all the trees are cut and the devil turns on you?

  36. #36 by Bigjoe on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 11:53 am

    Lee Hsien Loong said a short time ago that Singaporeans are long suffering people. The same is true of non-bumis in Malaysia. For everyone that is fed up with BN government, many more are too apathetic to change things.

    We are largely not moved by a few shocking events or even continuous difficulties and pressure. We are moved by systematic changed, tragedies OR truly great events. So long there is none of one of these things, changed is impossible.

    Its not politics and economics that will change the NEP/BN gov but human tragedies that shock and binds us all together..

  37. #37 by Berkowitz on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 11:54 am

    PEOPLE LISTEN UP! (or rather, READ!)

    It’s time to rally behind one party, yes, just ONE!

    I’ve already had my choice in mind. That’s why I’m visiting this blog.

  38. #38 by Phat-kor on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 12:59 pm

    Enough is enough.
    The last many decades of rule under the previous and present prime ministers and the ruling party have ashamed the sincerity, efforts and good name of our late bapa malaysia. There is no more hope in this present gomen. Time for change is here and the winds of change will blow in this direction.
    We have all these while being blinded by the present ruling party. I can’t believe that we have been led by such people who have no principle and no God fearing nature in them. To make thing worse, people have been listening to speeches made by the ministers etc etc as if it’s the ministers who are all-knowing that are god-sent to advise the rakyat of the simple things in life, when they cant even manage their own peers, deputy ministers, government leaders, servants etc.
    My vote is in and it’s already decided. Uncle Kit – you just need to be prepared to fight for us, with more younger blood who are equally passionate and committed like you.
    God bless.

  39. #39 by Godfather on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 1:17 pm

    Berkowitz:

    This one party that you are referrring to can’t even deny the BN the two-thirds majority in parliament even if it wins all the seats it contests. Wake up. DAP can’t do it alone. It has to strike a compromise with PKR and PAS.

  40. #40 by Phat-kor on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 1:27 pm

    everything is possible
    the masses just need to be positive about the winds of change and its expected results and throw all our support behind Uncle Kit and his team.
    everything is possible.

  41. #41 by LabRat on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 1:32 pm

    Sorry to say, but people like Berkowitz are the one who will keep the BN rule forever.

    Wake up! Without any form of strong coalition, the opposition will remain as that : OPPOSITION.

  42. #42 by dawsheng on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 2:48 pm

    First and foremost, make MCA and MIC irrelevant in the BN coliation, it can be done if DAP has all the supports of the Chinese and Indian voters.

  43. #43 by sotong on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 3:46 pm

    You cannot change decades of damaging BN politics of race and religion within the short to mid term, let alone rampant corruption, abused of power and etc..

    With the government total control over media, to be realistic, changes will come very slowly……..hopely it is not too slow and late to protect the country and her ordinary people.

  44. #44 by Utopia on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 4:17 pm

    My parents have never voted for BN in the elections, they have made brialliant decisions, and I will take that path too. But yah, actually, thanks to people like you that we have BN rule for so many years. But at least you are able to wake up from your sleep. Congratz!

  45. #45 by dawsheng on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 4:21 pm

    Although BN govt has the control over mainstream media which to a certain effect has caused disavantages for the opposition, but it cannot be taken as an excuse to lose the GE. Furthermore, today we have the internet in which the opposition has the advantages over BN govt. DAP must also opens its door to any potential Malay leaders who believe in DAP’s concept of Malaysian 1st, this must be put as one of the top agenda in the party to balance out the view that it is anti-Malay and enchance its image as a multi-racial political party.

  46. #46 by shiver on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 4:56 pm

    dawsheng Says:

    June 25th, 2007 at 16: 21.25
    Although BN govt has the control over mainstream media which to a certain effect has caused disavantages for the opposition, but it cannot be taken as an excuse to lose the GE. Furthermore, today we have the internet in which the opposition has the advantages over BN govt
    ———————————————————
    bro dawsheng,
    you are a regular commentor here but that above statement is very error prone. The country is won at the villagers, be it chinese or malay. the internet savvy is not enough to vote BN out. Thats why to control the media is the most important aspect in winning the elections. the idiots in “barang naik” knows this.
    what’s the best that can happen is a few states to be won in the next GE, hopefully Penang/Sabah/Kelantan/KL parliament seats? and have more reps in Parliament as having 20 MP’s against 180+? jokers is really not good enough.
    i dont like BN, never voted for them. ’99 the chinese helped the Govt to stay in power now hopefully the malays can help kick most of the useless fat umno MPs out of parliament and state seats, oh yes and some MCA guys and that ONE IRRITATING MIC MAN..
    we all know who is that ….

  47. #47 by dawsheng on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 6:34 pm

    “what’s the best that can happen is a few states to be won in the next GE, hopefully Penang/Sabah/Kelantan/KL parliament seats?

    That is about all the best you can get, and it is good enough. It will spearheads DAP’s influences to rural area later. Be realistic, won over those hearts DAP can captured first and these voters are concentrated in the cities, especially the younger group of voters, these folks want change because they know all is not well with BN. Kampung folks? They are still in the kampung for a reason and it is not Malaysian 1st.

  48. #48 by i_love_malaysia on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 6:58 pm

    First Thing First –

    To Register As A Valid Voter!! Action Speak Louder Than Words!!!

    2nd Thing –

    If You Have Already Registered As A Valid Voter Long Time Ago, Please Change The Address Where You Are Currently Staying!! No Point That You Cant Make It On The Day Of Voting Because You Are Too Far Away Or Your Constituency Is Filled With BN Supporters!!!

    SO, REGISTER AS VALID VOTER IN CONTITUENCY WHERE DAP HAS A HIGH CHANCE TO WIN!!!

  49. #49 by democratic junkie on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 7:04 pm

    At least richard teo came to his senses albeit late in his life.

  50. #50 by silhouette on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 7:09 pm

    I agree we dont vote BN come next GE. But which opposition party do we vote for as the alternatif to BN?

  51. #51 by Alvin on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 9:27 pm

    Let’s be honest
    Anyone here believes there is hope that BN can be toppled in the coming GE?
    Don’t Dream . . .
    Just be realistic with yourself
    Do the sums
    Analyse the fragmented opposition
    You know what I meant.
    Did any of them; PAS, DAP, PKR or anyone in their party including their respective chiefs give you any indication or hope that they can ever take over BN?
    So whatever gave you that hope . . .
    That we can change and vote out BN.
    Everyone here knows about all the shortcomings of the ruling party
    Everyone who visits this blog agrees we need a change
    Almost everybody here complains about BN
    I am also perfectly aware that ‘Enough is enough’
    Do we have an alternative to BN
    Whether as a party or a coalition as an alternative to replace BN.
    Just spent a few minutes and think . . .
    Then you will agree with me there is no hope to kick out BN this time around.
    So don’t be foolish and kid yourself.
    Prove me wrong anyone

  52. #52 by democratic junkie on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 10:05 pm

    political change in malaysia is a long and hard process…..

    and change itself can come from the party in power. i see political parties as mere means to an end….

    give the opposition your vote and maybe if BN is denied 2/3 majority…then they might change their ways. Maybe, just maybe they will get their policies right a string of consistent defeats…..lets shake their boat and see what happens…..opposition parties in this case, weak or not, act as a check and reminder to BN…..they are as important as BN….

  53. #53 by democratic junkie on Monday, 25 June 2007 - 10:10 pm

    sometimes we dont have to change ships to get to our destination…..With DAP in power or not, i think lim kit siang would be proud if Malaysia got to where he envisioned her to be….his purpose would have been fulfilled nonetheless….

  54. #54 by NewYorky on Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - 3:00 am

    yes..BN power. they pump in money before general election and by-election. doing all those sampah…drainage..food stall…

    Next time DAP vs BN one on one !! so easily can avoid split vote and spoil vote.

    Yes, top 40 richest people in Malaysia all consists of chinese majority. We chinese is hard work and honest. Malay just control the licence.

    Vote for BN? still not enaugh of Chua soi lek qualifying exam for doctors?? The exam fees going into thier pockets…and malay all pass..

    BN-right now under pak lah rulling power…everythings is done during mahathir regime. Now pak lah just re-polishing. And actually is doing nothing is his office.

    DAP or PKR plz stand up…fight till the end if wanna take control in parliment seat.

    Good luck to all !! BolehLand mah….
    Teh tarik dulu and nasi lemak. OK.!

  55. #55 by Berkowitz on Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - 2:22 pm

    Godfather, LabRat,

    I understand where you are coming from. Yes, both of you are right. However, such issues are not decided by the average citizen like you and I (well, you could be a politician for all I know).

    What I’m saying is that I’d like to look on the bright side. I’d like to stay firm on one decision, then encourage the others by virtue of facts and reasoning.

    In terms of striking a compromise/forming a strong coalition, we look to great men like Uncle Kit as our voice. We lend our support, i.e. the VOTES (obviously).

    If BN wins again, then so be it. I know that I’ve exercised my right as a citizen – the right to vote – and I will continue to oppose them as long as they are still in power.

    The day that BN is toppled is the day that I’ll be proud to be part of this country again. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll live to see that day (I’m in my 20s, mind you) but I sure as hell know I’ll be tearing uncontrollably and be kissing Tanah Tumpah Airku if it happens.

  56. #56 by Phat-kor on Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - 3:43 pm

    People, people, it makes a difference if we set thoughts to be positive right from now. If we ever keep doubting, nothing will ever happen. So, whether it will be a dream come true or not, let’s set our mind towards making it happen and we will live to see it happen.

  57. #57 by borrring on Tuesday, 11 September 2007 - 10:03 pm

    “People, people, it makes a difference if we set thoughts to be positive right from now. If we ever keep doubting, nothing will ever happen. So, whether it will be a dream come true or not, let’s set our mind towards making it happen and we will live to see it happen.”….

    That’s true…I was blinded by BN b4….but a friend pointed out to me on how much BN has “helped” in spending taxpayers money on useless developments & expenses….in the name of “kebaikan rakyat”….but how many voters r willing to change despite seeing & listening through mass medias on the corruption on the gov’s part…i believe most ppl r still in denial….cos if d gov is not affecting their livelihood, no change will happen…there’s this “dia tak kacau aku,aku tak kacau dia” attitude…there’s also a cloud of doubts whether other parties are capable of bringing change to Msia…and if the malay priviledges will be protected with the new government…there’s so much that other parties will need to prove in order to make this change

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