Malaysians have finally developed a level of political maturity that led us taking our destiny into our own hands (or finger).
Having to put up with endless news of crimes, done by the people high up in the past Government of Malaysia, involving billions of Ringgit, it is the time for the people to overturn the ruling government.
The ruling government then, Barisan National or BN has been the ruling party throughout 61 years of Malaysia’s history.
It is no surprise that many older Malaysians do not like Tun Dr. Mahathir, the high prices of vehicles, tolls, low salaries, high-income inequality, constraints of Chinese Education, lack of development in the East Coast and East Malaysia, inefficient public transportation, lopsided tolled highway agreements and lopsided independent power plant agreements.
Now he is back with a vengeance, forming an alliance with the opposition party, and now winning the 14th General Election. It wasn’t an easy win, but I am sure Tun Dr. Mahathir had all the knowledge and moves from his Prime Minister days of 22 years!
Barisan National’s arrogance is what caused them to lose the GE14. Najib had all the work done to cheat, from gerrymandering, bribery, deceit, intimidation, blackmailing and all other tactics to scare his opponents. However, Najib forgot one thing, his opponent is Tun Dr. Mahathir, his mentor, the person who had probably thought him most of the things he knew.
Since 2009, Najib has tarnished every name that Tun Dr. Mohamad had built for us Malaysians. From banning of Sarawak Report to selling our national car Proton, and of course 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Press were feed with propaganda and laws are created overnight to protect him and his members.
Activists are jailed, cartoonists rounded up by the police, even the members of the press and media are scrutinizing with what they put to print. Several news outlets were closed down because they had criticized Najib’s administration.
We were brought up in a way that racism sets us apart. It was very clear in the Barisan National propaganda. The concept of ketuanan Melayu is one such example.
Perhaps the general Malaysians had had enough. Perhaps it is now that they truly know their people’s power. Perhaps Najib’s administration and his dirty tactics are too much for general Malaysians like you and me to bear, or perhaps it is the new media now, that equipt us with a weapon that we now had, to overturn what we called a kleptocratic government. Perhaps, we just could not take Najib’s and his alliances’ bullshit anymore.
I truly hope, by the change of the ruling party, wll change some of these.
Many Malaysians flock to the neighboring country, and some far away because they had lost hope not with their country, but the people running them. Now, it is time for these Malaysians to come back to Malaysia.
Today would be a history and significant day for many Malaysians. Not because suddenly our nation will become perfect, not because suddenly all our problems, crimes, educations, economic would disappear. It is historic because we have shown a significant step towards a mature democracy.
Changes will take time, and as with Tun Dr. Mahathir’s saying
Changes takes time, even talking to you takes time.
There are no words to express the feelings that I believe most Malaysians would be feeling. The feeling of an accomplishment, the feeling of joy and perhaps some tears that go with it. It is so intense that, I myself lift up my fists up high in the air and cheered.
Social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages that, finally we Malaysian had won the battle, the battle to overrule the ruling party, the battle to overturn a kleptocratic government. It was so intense that social media posts that are not remotely related to the General Election got buried deep under.
I was driving from Kuala Lipis back to Kuala Lumpur, on the 9th of May, 2018, the day that the whole nation came out to cast their votes. It was chaotic, pack and almost festive; there are cars decorated with party flags, banners were flying. Everyone was cheering for Pakatan Harapan, the opposition party, led by Tun Dr. Mohamad.
News of how incompetent the Election Commision starts to surface, from the late arrival of postal votes to the mismanagement of ballot boxes. Some were even in the queue for more than 6 hours, just for that 1 vote that could have change their future.
At about 11 PM, news of Presiding Officers refusal to sign the Borang 14 started to surface. Police vehicles are blocked or being inspected by the members of the public, and riot police deployed for crowd control. The numbers of seats won by Pakatan Harapan stopped.
At 4:50 am, 10th of May, the official results were announced. Pakatan Harapan wins 113 seats, and Barisan National wins 79. The victory is remarkable seeing how the Election Commision attempts to frustrate both the voters and the opposition campaigns.
The announcement was made, it was a two-day public holiday for the public. We are all waiting for Tun Dr. Mahathir to be sworn in by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The ceremony was delayed till 9:30 pm.
For a good reason.
It was later reviewed that the two days public holiday were given so that the stock market is closed, no banks were operational, for one good reason; no money could be laundered off the country.
Then, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was not in the country, to prevent the then Prime Minister, Najib Razak from calling a state emergency, a move that Tun Dr. Mahathir afraid that he might do, thus requiring His Majesty’s consent. The urgency of Tun Dr. Mahathir to form a government can be heard during his press conference addressing the media.
For 22 years this man has been the Prime Minister, it is no wonder he had won the election. His plans and execution are so many steps ahead of Najib Razak. It is no wonder that in one of his speech, he indicates that he would only want to be in office for 2 years, to bring Malaysia back to his glory.
For that, I truly respect this man, for all the faults he has done, he deserves to be forgiven. Afterall, we are man, and man makes mistakes.
Let’s make Malaysia great again. Let’s put Malaysia on the map again.