Making the choice

The Malaysian Insider
Mar 09, 2013

MARCH 9 — March 8, 2008 was a watershed in Malaysian politics where for the first time in general election history, the incumbent government, Barisan Nasional, was seriously challenged by the “so-called” loose coalition that comprised the DAP, PKR and PAS. At that time, even the term “Pakatan Rakyat” was not even coined yet. I remembered vividly the scenario after the election where I sat at home with my family waiting for the results to channel in.

I was working in Penang at that time and I was particularly interested with the results there as there had been strong attendances in the opposition’s ceramahs before the 12th GE. When the results started to trickled in, it was such a surprise when many of the “big guns” from BN had to eat humble pie with the notable casualties including the former MIC president, the then Wanita Umno chief and even known MCA strongholds all over the peninsula.

Many predicted a time of uncertainty as the opposition garnered five states, namely Penang, Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah and Perak. But, as time went by, the worries of uncertainty were unfounded and certain PR states were actually better governed than before.

Today is March 9, 2013. The incumbent government has yet to call for the 13th general election although a slew of handouts, “people-friendly” goodies being distributed to the rakyat. Many would wonder “why the delay?” as normally, the rakyat would be more than happy to vote for the incumbent government after the distribution of the goodies.

I would actually like to invite the people to objectively think about the 13th GE. Personally for me, it’s not really important ‘who’ we are voting for. Of course, the political parties will be going all out to woo all of us to vote for them.

That’s the basic rules of elections. You campaign, you promise the “moon and earth” to ensure majority of the people vote for you. If more people vote for you than your opponent, you win! Plain simple!

However, I believe there are bigger issues at hand! Which government after GE13 will implement better policies that will benefit the rakyat as a whole? There is pending need to review our current education system where is seriously heading down the drain. It baffles me that until today in year 2013, we are still not able to decide whether our younger generation study in English or Bahasa Malaysia. While English is universally known as the “business” and “communication” language’, and I for one, support it as the medium of instruction in schools, it is the “flip flopping” that is doing more harm to the students.

Imagine a student had to study science in English for two years, then switch back to BM for three years, and then switch back again to English for the remainder of his/her high school years. We will actually be creating a batch of students who will be “neither here nor there”. In this ever-competitive world, our young generation cannot afford to be “neither here nor there”!

I believe people who are in management positions especially in the private sector can attest to the current standard of our graduates. Hence, the fundamental issues needs to be solved by whichever party that comes in to govern after GE13.

Besides education, there is a need for more transparency and good governance from the government of the day. The rakyat now is no longer oblivious to “misused of funds”, “rampant acts of corruption” and “blatant nepotism and cronyism”. While information was not easily available in the past, it is the total opposite now. While we still read the mainstream papers and listen to the news on TV, we are not so gullible to believe completely on what’s been reported in these media.

Most people would actually look for news online and do an intellectual comparison on which source is more accurate. In most cases, I, for that matter get even angrier when news are distorted or “conveniently misquoted” in the mainstream media.

I will not be advocating which party we should vote for in this article. It is up to the individual to actually decide which party has the credentials to govern our beloved Malaysia well. In my career, I have worked in Penang, KL, Malacca and now, Sabah. And recently, I have been lucky enough to visit a few European countries for vacation. Believe me, nothing beats home and home is Malaysia. While it’s always an eye opener to visit other countries, I still have faith in Malaysia.

Let’s all hope and pray for a better Malaysia. I shall end my piece with a famous quote from John Dalberg-Acton, “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”. Let’s ponder over it, shall we?

Malaysia Tanahairku!

  1. #1 by worldpress on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Make this coming election an Anti-Corruption Election

  2. #2 by Loh on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 9:08 pm

    ///Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the opposition pact, which had taken over the economy in Selangor, had great ambition to control politics in the state.

    “Prior to this, when Selangor was under the Barisan Nasional (BN), we could see the economic growth was prolific and the Malays and Bumiputras had a place, so we lived more happily than previously.

    “If the opposition wins and administer Selangor, the position of the Malays and Bumiputras will be shunted aside. Because of this, we must act quickly to convince the people of Selangor to topple the opposition government and replace it with BN which is led by Umno.///–MalaysianInsider

    Pakatan Rakyat has been administering Selangor for the past five years. The persons who felt their business curtailed are the UMNOputras who could not help themselves to the state funds and state projects like in the past. Others of all races who are involved in actual economic activities have no complaints. The people who are unhappy in Pakatan Rakyat administered states are the Mamaks. Perhaps Mamaks are answering Mamakthir’s call to get angry. Malays are no Mamaks and they are happy with the government which abhors corruption.

    One wanders what Mamakthir would have said if article 160 had a provision to specify that the race of a child from mixed marriage should be determined according to Islamic tradition by following that of the father. Surprisingly Mamakthir is ‘fighting’ for the race which he does not belong biologically. He is not a racist; but a racial opportunist.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Mahathir is NOT Malay, does not matter who his parents are. He is NOT Malay by substance, by spirit, by values, by heart. Tunku said it himself.

  4. #4 by worldpress on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 10:22 pm

    That mama…he is a professional corruption dr..good at lead people to corruption

  5. #5 by worldpress on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 10:46 pm

    He… Control and maintain overpricing car so majoring Malays can not offer access value for money imported car

    Only allow majority Malays access overdue model low standard car.

  6. #6 by Noble House on Sunday, 10 March 2013 - 11:08 pm

    To UMNO, this election is not so much about the future well-beings of the country or that of the interests of the Rakyat at large. It’s all about the prolonging of UMNO’s colonial legacies which have no place in modern Malaysia. The sooner this monster is taken off the life support system the better it is for the country. Malaysians have an unfinished job to do this GE13. Asalkan Bukan UMNO!

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Monday, 11 March 2013 - 12:01 am

    But MCA already gave their consent. Soi Lek and his Gang already seen and approved it. Didn’t they ?

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Monday, 11 March 2013 - 12:04 am

    Maybe there will be a lot of ‘private screenings’ during campaign time for the 13th GE. And the armed forces, police, RELA, Perdosa, will all be invited.

    They might event show some sublime Sodomy 3 and other anti-Opposition messages inside to poison the minds of the viewers.

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Monday, 11 March 2013 - 2:05 am

    Y sitting on d fence type of writing?
    “I will not be advocating which party we should vote for in this article.”
    Yet, “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” – hint, hint

  10. #10 by chengho on Monday, 11 March 2013 - 8:40 am

    ABCD; no other choise MCA and BN

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