GE13

It’s finally over. This has got to be the longest election campaign ever. It feels like it started from 2009.

The results are out and like it or not, Barisan Nasional will govern Malaysia for another 5 years.

Here are some of my thoughts.

Rumours

I was really upset on the days leading up to polling day. So many rumours and inaccurate information regarding the voting procedures was floating around Facebook.

I’m not saying that everyone was wrong. I’m saying I was so confused with conflicting information.

People need to pause, think and perhaps verify the facts before clicking that share button.

Cheating allegations

In my opinion, it’s not so easy to cheat in terms of the vote count. After all, election observers from both political parties would have confirmed the votes.

If there was cheating going on, I don’t think PR would have won 7 more seats and retained 3 states. Especially not Selangor which BN wanted to win ‘at all costs’.

It remains to be seen if PR has gathered sufficient evidence to challenge the EC results. I hope they do, even though it’s unlikely to change anything.

Rallies and boycotts

Although I’m unhappy with the election results, I feel it’s time for politicians need to start doing the work we elected them to do.

The fact is that popular votes do not determine who wins the election in Malaysia. So stop saying democracy is dead. I actually think democracy is alive from the 80% voter turnout.

Having mass rallies every week could do more harm than good. First of all, you are not winning over any of the people who didn’t vote for PR.┬áSecond of all, you may actually lose some voters who don’t agree with mass rallies. Third, the rallies are quite vulnerable to troublemakers.

Recently there’s some NGOs who suggested taking power by revolution and force? OMG why need to take such extreme measures?

As for boycotts of certain companies, please remember there are ordinary people working in those companies. Ordinary people who hope their company have good sales, so they can enjoy better bonus or pay raise to cope with rising cost of living. Who do you think will suffer more? The millionaire tycoon boss, or the workers?

Racial remarks

My only comment is I hope people will stop fanning the flame.

Someone already said those remarks. Everyone already knows who said what. Everybody knows how to judge right or wrong. By sharing articles on the issue, you are spreading the hate and anger. Each time somebody reads it, the wound is reopened. The flame grows.

So just stop sharing such things that are of no benefit to anybody.

Moving forward

Flame shield: I’ve actually re-edited this post many times. Nowadays you can get flamed just for being critical of PR. Let me just clarify again that I’m a PR supporter. My only wish is for PR to do better in the next elections.

My suggestion for PR is to analyze why they didn’t win GE13. What were the causes for rural voters not voting for PR? For goodness sake please be humble enough to look at your own weakness instead of shifting the blame. I’d feel better if the PR leaders were busy preparing strategy for GE14 instead of conducting mass rallies.

I would like to see PKR, PAS & DAP form an official coalition with a single logo/flag and a single manifesto. Show the people how you will govern as a shadow cabinet with workable action plans and facts instead of criticizing government for the next five years.

As for my fellow PR supporters, please think of the consequences to your actions especially on blogs and social media. Stop making derogatory remarks because you can be considered racist too.

Read some pro-BN blogs. Yes some of the things you read may hurt or even be scary, but you need to understand their concerns and priorities. Most important of all, you get a view from both sides.

Let’s guard against being used by politicians (from both sides) for their gains. Let’s not go overboard in our behaviour until we seem over-zealous and desperate. Let’s be open to criticism so we can improve.

In short, let’s set the example for how we want BN supporters to behave if PR won the election. Would you want BN to hold mass rallies all over the country and cry to the western world that the EC was unfair?

In the end, life must go on in Malaysia. Life is more than PR or BN, more than race or religion.

P/S: I apologize if I sound ‘preachy’. You probably know more about politics than me, and I just wanted to share my (amateur) thoughts.

Revised Petrol Pricing Scheme

I don’t know what happened, but Malaysians were suddenly told that petrol prices will now be pegged to the average international oil price. There will be a 30 sen subsidy on whatever the average global market rate is at the end of the month.

The condition is that the price will not go above RM2.70.

I just want to say, this comes a little too late Mr Prime Minister. Why didn’t you think of this before?

The economy has already gone through carnage, and the damage can never be undone.

The prices of food, goods and services have increased drastically. Sadly, there is no such thing as a price decrease.

Hopelessness? Despair? Anger? Fear?

These will lead to the dark side.

People who succumb to the dark side are uncontrollable. They follow no laws except their own.

They do everything for self gain, for self gratification. They hold grudges. They rob. They steal. They kill. They destroy. All to achieve their self-serving objectives.

A society of people living in the dark side is a very unpleasant community. No one cares for his neighbour. Everyone is looking to take advantage of each other. The strong and powerful survive at the expense of the weak.

Now, tell me what you feel after this morning’s fuel price increase?

For my overseas readers, here in Malaysia we (used to) enjoy subsidized petrol. The price was fixed at RM1.92 per litre. If my calculations are correct it converts to USD2.27 per gallon. I’m not sure of this, but I assume this subsidy was put in place as a benefit for us citizens of an oil production nation.

This morning, petrol prices were increased by 41% to RM2.70 per litre. If that wasn’t enough, our national power company increased rates by 20%. I expect most businesses to exploit this opportunity to increase their prices by 40% as well.

Making things worse is the dismal public transport infrastructure and a heavy import tax on foreign (read: hybrid, green, fuel efficient) cars that doubles the prices of imported cars.

I think there will be a cash rebate given to car owners to help offset this cost, but it will just be spare change.

What did you feel when you heard the news? What are you feeling now?

Is it not hopelessness? Despair? Anger? Fear?

If you are feeling this way, what about those who are less fortunate compared to you?

What about me, you ask? I’m angry. Very angry.