It takes a Herculean effort to remain apolitical in this watershed moments for Malaysia’s politics. Being apolitical is one thing but watching history unfolds before your eyes is just incredible. I am humbled in many ways just by watching the aftermath of the recent election.
The result of the 12th general election of the nation, in my humble opinion, is best illustrated as a long term marriage between the ruling coalition and the voters. BN is the husband, the voter is the wife and the opposition is a third party.
The wife stood behind the husband for a good 50 years. She believed in his dreams to make this country a better place to live in. She closed both eyes when the husband blatantly disregard the law, forsook the rakyat and toed on the future of the coming generation. She stifled her tears of frustration in silence.
Her youth was gone in 50 years but she has been crossing the voting paper in his favour every time the general election knocked on the door. She didn’t roll her eyes behind the husband’s back even if in the heart of her hearts, shadow of doubts loomed near.
Their marriage stayed on the rocks for as long as she can remember. Her effort in conversation was thwarted with a laconic reply. Her husband’s verbosity often took over. Hers in an inarticulate world. She wept in silence again.
One day, she decided she’s done being pushed around, she’s tired of being a doormat and lied to. She wanted a voice of her own. When the husband came home for dinner, she pushed the dinner plate to the fore leaving the husband perplexed and shocked. She packed her bags and she did something unthinkable – she left him for other man. She isn’t sure if this new man would not take her for granted but she risks it anyway. For she, is done being taken on a ride by the husband.
BN now is like the husband – dumbfounded. The wife is still unsure of her new man but she remains optimistic and the new man has a lot to do to win her heart.
BN is paying the price of their arrogance. Silent majority has spoken. The fatality can be seen through the ballot box. It is a serious time for reflection if BN wishes to win the rakyat’s hearts again. Just a few pointers for BN – free the main stream media from the government’s grip, transparency must be paramount, rules of law must not be ignored – to ponder upon.
Other than that, BN is forever my first love. When Tun Dr. Mahathir led Malaysia, I never thought I will fall out of love with BN. I am sure Tun has his fair share of mistakes just like any other great leaders. But the ruthless reign of power under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sends a tremor down my spine. Abdullah should resign and his son-in-law just have to go. I can’t see it any other way.
The highest casualty is Shahrizat Jalil. I think she governed Lembah Pantai well during her tenure. I saw it with my own eyes when she cried with the Indian lady who just lost her house in fire and fished out a wad of cash from her wallet for the family. I saw compassion and sympathy in her eyes and to loose her to a 27-year-old newbie in Parliament is the highest stake on a gambling table one can put. But I remain optimistic.
To the chosen few, you must now remember, that 5 years will pass in a blink of an eye. In the event you fail to carry out your manifesto, the silent majority WILL speak again.
I end this post with a saying from my grandmother, Hajah Sepiah Haji Abdul Rahman, “Jangan jadi seperti Pak Pandir, menang sorak, kampung tergadai.“