[Zorro] : Are you a registered Voter?
Cheryl : Nah, I’m not really into all that. It’s not like it makes a difference anyway!
Bernard : Well, then you don’t have a say in anything that happens in the country. So don’t complaint.
Cheryl : Isn’t that my right as a citizen, to say something, especially if it is wrong?
” My dear, voting is a privilege. It gives you a voice. It gives you the power to make a difference.
Whether you decide to use that privilege or give it up, is up to you. But don’t you dare say anything, if you don’t
contribute because you have revoked your right by not voting.”- Bernard of Zorro Unmasked]
* my conversation with Bernard@Zorro, a very nice old man, I met during my days as an active blogger at National Press Club. Bernard has since passed on [ 2014], but he has always left a lasting impression on this once young lady.
My journey as a researcher led me to my journey as a blogger. I became more of a blogger than a researcher by the time I completed my masters in early 2009. I was a true-blood blogger, my spirit was full of fire- I wanted to make a difference, I had learn so much in my journey as a blogger. This was the time I met the likes of Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imitiaz, SK Thew, Walski, Marina Mahatir, Anura Bird, Bernard@Zorro that opened my eyes to the importance of of making a difference of having a voice.
Does it matter? Why? Let me tell you why.
Why you should RECLAIM your Rights?
- You can make a difference. USE your VOTE! Why let someone else decide for you? You have a voice- that is your vote.
- It’s a privilege. Vote on behalf that those who can’t. Many minorities and under-represented groups do not have a right to vote around the world. Did you know that women fought for the right to vote?
- Feel underrepresented? REPRESENT! Are you one of those passionate Facebook or Twitter warriors that has a lot to say about what the government should and shouldn’t do? Do you feel that they could do better? Do you feel your state does not get what it needs:?
- $$$$$/ RM Each vote equals money. YOU DECIDE THE CAUSE, it is your Money that fuels the state. Don’t you care where your money goes? Money that your MP [Member of Parliament] will fuel to causes he thinks is good, is needed and necessary. You think there is a need for more Youth Education? Local Content? Child Abuse?
- CANCEL out someones Vote. Your decision to vote might cancel out someone else’s vote. Your vote could be the decider, of whether that corrupt person continues to yield power in your state. Also it balances the votes out, so at least those in power will feel the pressure to WORK and not laze around. Majority votes make it too safe, makes the winner feel too much pride that they forget, they serve the nation.
- Be a True Malaysian. Have a VOICE! Yes ,exercise your participation as a citizen. Don’t call yourself a citizen, for without this vote, you have no voice. Want to have a voice? VOTE!
- Want stability? A prosperous economy? VOTE! Want someone who talks sense, knows what he is doing with the country’s billions? Want someone who not only has a background in Finance but an expert in it, running the Finance ministry? Put him or her there! How many of your Ministers know anything about their Ministry?
- Want to be Educated? VOTE! Wonder why English keeps failing among our ministers, our graduates? Who makes those policies? Who do you want sitting in those seat deciding the fate of our future? Without knowledge, our country will perish. Do you really want to leave our education system in the hands of those who know nothing? You enjoy policies changing every 5 years at the whim and fancy? English in Science, Malay in Science [Recall being part of this system?]
- Want a Job/ starting a business, based on how awesome you are? You decide policies on tenders [who gets them], diversity in jobs not based on race/religion, job opportunities etc
- Unhappy with companies polluting our rivers? Getting rid of our beautiful Penang hills? Constant water cuts or electricity? You have a choice, don’t let them. It’s your backyard, your land, your rivers, your home. Put those who know what they are doing in place. VOTE!
At the end of the day, it is your choice whether to vote or not. But as a very wise old man told me once,
“Voting is a PRIVILEGE. You have the power to make a difference, it just whether you want to make a difference or just rant”.