GE13: We are already the winners!

By M.M. Pereira | MAY 18, 2013
The Malaysian Insider

MAY 18 — A few days before the historic 505, the then caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said: “The victor or loser of this 13th general election will not be BN or PR. It will be Malaysia, its people and our children.” Immediately after the official results were announced, he blamed the loss of BN seats on a “Chinese tsunami”.

In my view, these statements not only reflect Najib’s arrogance but also his shallow understanding of the democratic process and how disconnected he is with what is happening at the grassroots. And he continues to insult our intelligence!

Today we see Malaysians from diverse ethnic backgrounds manifesting their unity of purpose with so much pride, confidence and optimism, taking ownership of their country and their destiny. They are ready to take risks to secure the future they desire.

Ordinary Malaysians have equipped themselves with greater knowledge of the laws and electoral system in Malaysia — they can even put many politicians to shame! They no longer fear the wrath of scorned politicians, out for revenge.

They expect their elected representatives and the government to be answerable to them. They refuse to tolerate injustice, racism, incompetence, corruption, discrimination and deceit anymore.

The changes that are so apparent in the Malaysian socio-political milieu today are the result of many forces impinging upon the Malaysian psyche over a span of more than 20 years, gaining greater momentum in the last seven years.

Many ordinary Malaysians have played a significant role in this conscientising and transformation, whether as individuals or as groups, through formal organisations and mass movements; many have also paid a price in the process.

Nothing is going to stop or reverse this dynamic democratic transformation. And we can already see some of the fruits of this transformation:

  • an electorate that is more concerned about national issues that unite them across racial lines;

  • a ruling party that is denied a two-thirds majority in Parliament;

  • a respected and credible opposition in Parliament; more elected representatives who are honest and competent;

  • fewer racist and bigoted elected representatives;

  • a civil service that is more aware of their political rights and professional integrity; and,

  • a government that must now fulfil ALL its election promises (and there are many!).

The Malaysian people are already the winners — even if electoral victory for their preferred political party is usurped through a flawed electoral system or fraud!

But we need to move forward — there is much more to be done. —

* M.M. Pereira is an Aliran member.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 6:30 pm

    The Malaysian people are already the winners
    NO! Just won a little, just managed 2 breach a bit of many bad things put up by UmnoB 2 protect n guarantee power
    2 topple UmnoB/BN through d ballot boxes (protected by UmnoB/BN with d help of EC), rakyat still hv a lot 2 do

  2. #2 by sotong on Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Many in position of power, trust and influence are gross dishonest and manipulative.

    No wonder many people in politics are mentally ill.

  3. #3 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 6:45 pm

    We’re “winners” only in context of GE13 showing greater political awakening with an incumbent which in spite of all inbuilt advantages within the electoral system and plenty of money to throw losing the 2/3 parliamentary majority and less than ½ of the popular vote. This is far from holding promise by any stretch that democratic transformation will henceforth proceed uninterrupted or un-reversed. In fact the GE 13 is tipping point for the incumbent to plug weaknesses and to ensure that such a close shave will never ever happen again (by the 14th GE)- and meanwhile tighten the screws [ if the scapegoating of Chinese tsunami, the rising backlash of extremist and provocative statements from those in and out of govt, the intensification of UMNO’s internal factionalism, the prosecution of a PKR leader for Kelana Jaya rally and arrest of a student activist for sedition are any indication]. The worse may yet to come.

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 7:21 pm

    People power triumphs!

  5. #5 by worldpress on Saturday, 18 May 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Justice and injustice

    PR supporters support justice, clean, and honor

    and injustice support dirty, shame, bribe, greed, corruption, crime, treason

    We may need to ask which side you are next time to be careful, watchful

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 19 May 2013 - 8:37 am

    Really? They switched on the AES again in my neighbourhood last week and already the hawkers in my regular kopitiam and mamak stall is talking GST while my staff is talking 1Msia medical insurance.

    The toughest fight has only just started..

  7. #7 by Dipoh Bous on Sunday, 19 May 2013 - 9:22 am

    If my memory is correct, the caretaker’s radio/tv/internet last line through out the campaigning period was “Rakyat Didahulukan” and he didn’t say “pencapaian diutamakan”. That was a deliberate move, I believe.

    To me it means :
    1. Rakyat to be investigated/charged first (corruption). If all the rakyats are no longer involve in corruption, than “THEY” might be investigated/charged next!
    2. Rakyat to be taxed first (GST,etc)
    3. Rakyat to declare their assets first.
    4. Rakyat to be blamed first for all the problems our country is facing.
    5. Rakyat to be blamed for voting in the corrupt gov’t.
    6. Rakyat to be sacrificed first, if necessary, to keep the gov’t alive,

    …the list may go on.

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