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[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 differenceUSE 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”.

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On the way to work and back, on the way to groceries and back, on the way to practically anywhere, the sight is similar. The last few weeks, we all have been subjected to the eyesore that they call campaigning.

With flags, banners and picket cards line-up at your local barber shop, that favorite playground, the beautiful open landing, defaming ads in the newspapers,wherever you can imagine, they have it plastered reminding you that the time is now. It’s all dominated by the colors of blue, green and red, it is a wonder any of us can recognize any other color moving forward.

It does not end there either, even our personal lives are invaded. With manifestos arriving in our mail, SMS-es taking up space in our inbox to video-MMs-es defaming one party over another- the harassment by these parties are endless. To make matters worse, social media has exploded with the sharing of racist youtube videos, blog postings and images inciting nothing worth mentioning most of the time. As usual of course there is the coffee shop talk, where you see the uncles discussing politics over their morning coffee and newspapers (although the newspapers are hardly seen much these days). One thing that differs I guess is that you can easily see youngsters taking heed of the elections, you can see them taking an active role, an active part actually discussing of what is and what will be.

56 years and counting, nothing much has changed in terms of the sights and sounds as election looms near. There is the same ole talk. Same ole propaganda passing around, same ole promises. So what is so different about these upcoming elections that keeps me cringing?  Elections, politics- basically anything equating to those two words are often dirty, what makes this any different?

For a country that has been dominated by a single party made of up component parties (only for election purposes of course), time is changing and tensions are running high. What used to be a walk in the part for this party has truly become a race(no we are not talking about Indians, Malays or Chinese), a battle of the titans. It is no longer assumed or expected that they will win as they always have and then in it creates a whole lot of chain reactions.

Why in the first place can a single party or individual be allowed to rule for such a long period of time? Well, that requires an analysis of the political system that we are apart of that I will not be discussing. It is what it is.

This elections in fact is the dirtiest ever. They say 1Malaysia but is is merely a propaganda tool for they still use…race.. Races. Yes races are used as a pre-requisite to demand, to incite, to hurt and to insinuate nothing good. The words you keep hearing is I,My …..repeated over and over again. It is us against the world sort of situation. We don’t really see campaigning do we? We see defamation at every possible level. We see hate campaigns. Why do we allow it? Why do we allow people to campaign and trample another’s image and dignity as a basis for us to defend the worthiness of a party.

If a party is defined by how bad/unethical another party is, well I have to say your party is baseless and has no stand indeed. Also I believe there is no purpose of defaming another to look good- that is like every custody case in the country. If I have to choose to vote base on who is worse, that is truly sad.

Gosh look at the ads in the newspapers below;

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It does not end there either. We hear words constantly repeating about how we the Indians and Chinese are Pendatangs and we should go back to our own countries. It’s weird they didn’t feel that way when we contribute our salaries, business etc to the economy nor do they have such sentiments during non-elections. Oh come on, its pretty obvious. You are using race to define the General Election as a way to win. What better way to fuel people’s emotions? Religion of course. Race of course. That’s how you get people to get ticked off, to get angry, to get pissed, to fear the unknown  and to vote in anger and fear.

They don’t care how it goes down. They only care that it does in their way. To fill their pockets with money and power. You think they care about you at all? Think again. Once they are in power, your wants and their promises become a distant memory. So before it become another term of them deciding what happens to you, why not you show them who is in power. Show them that the people matter. Show them that they are working for us like how we work for our companies. They are in power because we wanted them to not because they are god almighty.

So when you place your vote this Sunday.

Think. Think. Think

What do you want for yourself, for your children, for your country?

“Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.”
― Alan MooreV for Vendetta

Do you want to live in fear? Do you want to live knowing that those who are in power will blackmail you at anytime if you do not sing to their tune?

Let us remind them who is in power. Let us remind them that we are not indeed afraid of them. Any government that will rule regardless of party.

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
― Alan MooreV for Vendetta

We need them to realise that so we can truly be free. We need to send a strong message this elections .That the citizens rule. Time and time again we will need to remind them at each elections be it the opposition or the Barisan Nasional.  So break out of your prisons that hold you captive and make an educated choice.

The time is now. Vote wisely.

I was rather moved by the excellent write up by Dr.Mus on patriotism in Malaysia.Through the written word he singled out various acts of patriotism that clearly displayed acts of love for the country, we call home, despite it being called everything but love for the country.

But can you really blame them?

We are often blinded by the things we do not want to see, acknowledge or believe in. In their case, they do not want to acknowledge that Malaysian despite their color or creed, love their country and care enough to want to see change, to want to question, to want to make it better.

As Dr.Mus explains very eloquently, patriotism comes in many shapes and sizes ..It is most definitely not confined to the 1Malaysia formula that is constantly stuffed down our throats through various mediums. It is bigger than that, it is bigger than all of us.

It not about kawtow-ing to the government and following everything they say.Now, that is not love nor patriotism..that’s obedience or the act of conforming.

I’m talking about that intense desire, care, sense of belonging that makes the best of us still remain in Malaysia when we could have easily migrated.

Many say, if you do not like what you see, why not you just leave! If you do love for your country, I’d say stay and fight to see it better. Isn’t that what you’d do for a person you love?

Voting is also another act of love for the country. Too see it being governed well, for it to be fair, for it to have a chance in the world… I never knew this until most recently..Every vote counts.

“If you don’t start making a change through at least voting, do not sit here and tell me even for a moment that you desire change or that you have love for this country”. Action speak louder than words! “

Someone very wise told me that a couple of years ago when I was doing my research on the blogosphere. I ended up voting because for the first time, cause I knew that the act of voting was an act of love for my country as I wanted to see change. I was not happy with what I saw but does that make me love my country less hell no. Yes, I do possibly on a daily basis criticize a lot of decisions or actions taken by the administration but does that lessen my love for the country? Hell no!

It’s simply because I care enough that I say anything at all! Lest we forget, we are all Malaysians, for better or for worse. I’ll be there. We are not on the opposing side, we are not the enemies, we are just citizens of this beautiful land we call Malaysia!

Read here for Dr.Mus take on “this thing called love for Malaysia” at http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/this-thing-called-love-for-malaysia/.

P.s: Read this poem below by Rudyard Kipling;

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

When I mention Barisan Rakyat I’m not only talking about those political parties such as DAP whom have endorsed or accepted the People’s Declaration but everyone one of us rakyat…I believe that we all play a crucial role in ensuring that we have a steady state government and government overall in Malaysia. We need to be strong in our principals and not bow down under pressure but at the same time be able to compromise, maklumlah we live in a multi-racial country~

The state coalition government should adhere to the People Voice and People Declaration that you can find in<“People Declaration and People’s Voice”> as they have promised before the rakyat gave their votes to them in the recent election.

What we rakyat need to remember is that we have every right to be outraged or angry should our Mps or any one of our leaders steer the wrong way (take Uncle Kit for instance) but at the same time we should be level-headed enough not be consumed with our anger and annoyance so that we can move ahead beyond our anger to get something constructive done against this wrong paths taken by our leaders. We have to understand that our leaders are only humans and they will make mistakes. It is our job to make sure they need to work for the next 5 years, follow the right path and lead the country well towards a Better Malaysia. We have already felt the vibes of a better Malaysia. We should not let blackmail or threats from certain parties to soil our movement, our determinism.

IT is not only the role of the current state government in this 5 states to make sure all goes well and the state is run well. It is also our job! We wanted a participatory government didn’t we ? So we too will have to work hard with our state leaders to achieve every single thing that we outlined or desired in our people’s declaration. We can’t only come to the polling booth and vote every 5 years and expect miracles. Yes voting is one of the very first steps but we got to do more. We need to mobilize our strengths to help our leaders. We need to work as hard as they are or perhaps harder…

There are currently groups that have been mobilized for this cause one being Haris and geng’s effort much earlier to the elections of Bangsa Malaysia both in KL and Selangor. This group still keep in contact via emailing groups and have taken it to the next step by forming a meet beyond the Internet sphere. I hope that others will follow suit with this sort of efforts in some way or another. Like I said, we play a role, a crucial role it is!

Hidup Barisan Rakyat!!!!

Barely a few days ago, I informed readers about the stupidity of the sms I received which annoyed me to a certain extent, read my last posting entitled<“Such Mentality Will Deter Malaysians”>.That very sort of mentality has come back once again this time by a different community demanding for their ethnicity to stand out to represent their own community. I hardly ever watch local TV this meaning TV1, TV2 and TV3 but I do occasionally watch comedies on 8TV.

Yesterday night, I decided I’ll just catch some news on TV3 and see their take on the latest update post-elections. When I switched the TV on it was reporting on Guan Eng being appointed as Chief Minister of Penang. I’m quite happy with him being elected, he looks fresh and determined. Furthermore he as been very active in getting things organized and settled at this very early stages of his take-over. With parking summonses evaporating(I can’t complaint!-got loads! hehehe) and review of PGCC which a lot of us fought against due to their disguised plan, I’m glad at the pace Guan Eng is working at! But I shall reserve my full judgments as its been barely a few days. Anyway after the coverage of Guan Eng there was this little press conference whereby this Malay group-Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce that supposedly represented the Malay community were highlighting their concerns and demands. I was rather shocked! Wah can demand for certain things and even get coverage for it??

I guess this concerns came along due to some policy reversals made by Guan Eng. According to International Business Times, Guan was reported to have said that he would do away with the New Economic Policy, an affirmative action programs that awarded those of Malay ethnicity in regards to state contracts. He said;

“We will run the government administration free from the New Economic Policy that breeds cronyism, corruption and systemic inefficiency,” Lim, an ethnic Chinese, said in a statement.

With that in place, state contracts will be up for bidding and not be give to a select few! Isn’t that good news for all? Fair competition? Declaration of assets of state government members and civil servants publicly- that should help with the reforms seek by the people don’t ya think? I couldn’t quite get the names of this group, so if anyone knows do fill me in, will update!!!- Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce-Got iT! Anyway I guess this section of the community might worry due to being spoon-fed all this time and probably are not thinking maturely yet. As there are still thinking based on racial lines whereby their rights can only be safe-guarded if they have a Malay in the position of the Deputy Minister as it was previously. I wonder if the Opposition will give in to their demands? I hope not as that will only conform to such thinking whereby ethnicity prevails. Why can’t trust be put on a Indian, Chinese or any other race in fact to safeguard your rights just on the stand that they are Malaysians and will seek to give the best to their people?

Like I mentioned in my earlier posting whereby the Indians wanted a Deputy of Indian ethnicity to “jaga” their rights so that they would not be marginalized… like I said such desires or actions on their part will in turn only cause more people to think on ethnic lines as has been demonstrated here in Penang in regards to this Malay group whom worry that their rights will be sidelined just on the fact that they are Malay and Chinese are running the government!

So what I say? Hasn’t all our PM and Deputy PM been Malays? Most of our Cabinet Ministers Malays? Have we demanded that for each one, a person of our own ethnicity be put to maintain our interest? Come on… I know you have your worries due to our history…we are thought to think on racial lines. But don’t you think its time to do away with that? Give your trust to the CM in this case Guan Eng to do what’s right not just for Malays but for all Malaysians. I don’t think we need someone of particular ethnicity just because of their ethnicity. I mean what’s ethnicity got to do with it?

Time we go beyond the conventional. Time to go beyond what we are accustom to. It’s time for a change…

Like I’ve said many times before, the battle has just begun…we have a lot more to fight for..first being getting our stupid little narrow minds to think outside the box in terms of race. We did that when we voted through the ballots, why can’t we do it in our daily life?

Take a chance…Trust in your CM, Menteri Besar, PM, whoever that has been chosen this time around because they have been elected and now is the time they are suppose to shine. If they go out of line, by all means go ahead and question them.If they are unfair at any point of time, demand for a change. You have a right you are a rakyat. But first of all give them a chance to begin with… Same goes for the opposition and for Barisan. The People have spoken… Now let them do their work before we jump all over them for the silliest of things!

Lest we forget, we are anak bangsa Malaysia every one of us who are born on this soil!

Current Wins By Opposition According to Malaysiakini;

Teresa Kok-Seputeh

Tian Chua-PKR-Batu

Fong Kui LUN-Bukit Bintang-DAP

SIM-Kota Melaka-DAP- Thanks!

Tan Seng Giaw- Kepong-DAP-

Amirudin-Batu Caves-PKR

Johari Abdul-Sungai Petani-PKR

Manikavasagam-Kapar-PKR

Wan Azizah-Permatang Pauh-PKR

Wee- Wangsa Maju

Seah-DAP-Pasir Bedamar(hehehehe my area)

Dr Lo Lo-Titiwangsa-PAS

Manogaran-Teluk Intan-DAP

Sivarasa-PKR-Subang

Nur Izzah(Anwar Daughter)- Lembah Pantai- PKR

Charles Santiago-Klang-PKR

Gobind Singh-Puchong-DAP

Lee Boon Chye-Gopeng PKR

Tony Pua-Petaling Jaya Utara

Kulasegaran-Ipoh Barat

Nga- Taiping-DAP

Dr.P Ramasamy- Batu Kawan

Karpal Singh- Bukit Gelugor

Lim Kit Siang- Ipoh Timor

Guan Eng- Bagan

Zuraida Kamaruddin- Ampang- PKR

Khalid Ibrahim-Bandar Tun Razak

Nasharuddin- Bachok- PAS

Dr.Michael- Sungai Siput-DAP-

Jeff Ooi-Jelutong-DAP
Overall so far;

Penang taken over by oPPOSItion-24 Seats latest tally 27 sEATs fOr PG;

DAP-19 PKR-6 PAS-2

Kelantan taken over by PAS +PKR- 40 out of 45 seats…Great don’t ya tink?
According to Kit Siang blog which I’m unable to access at the moment!

According to Lim Kit Siang’s blog: DAP has won victories, in some cases with huge majorities, in the following parliamentary seats:

1. Bagan
2. Tanjong
3. Bukit Glugor
4. Ipoh Timur
5. Batu Gajah
6. Petaling Jaya Utara
7. Seputeh
8. Kepong
9. Bukit Bintang
10. Cheras
11. Bandar Kuching
12. Sandakan
13. Segambut
14. Kota Melaka

DAP is leading in the following parliamentary seats:

1. Sarikei
2. Serdang
3. Klang
4. Taiping
5. Beruas
6. Teluk Intan
7. Jelutong
8. Bukit Bendera
9. Batu Kawan

For state assembly seats, DAP has won

1. Subang Jaya
2. Teratai

Interesting News!!

Pas and PKR wins KEDAH!

Pas most probably lose Terengganu

Unofficial word is that SAMY IS out!OFFICIALLY OUT..!

Zam’s out in SP!CONFIRMED

Jeff likely to win!HAS WON!

Recount in Rembau-Khairy area- Recount!!KHAIRY HAS Won..D.Am…

NAJIB WINS PEKAN

BADAWI WINS KEPALA BATAS

BN WINS Pahang

DAP wins Kuching

Hishamuddin Menang..beating PKR

Opposition wins selangor!!!

-Unofficial-DAP-15, PKR-11 PAS-9

Opposition takes on Perak with 30 out of 59 seat-unofficial 

Barisan takes Perlis, Terengganu, Melaka,N9

Will update more later..

ALERT: PLease stay at home, news is…that things could turn ugly…so stay away from trouble!!

With only 6 days left on the calendar, parties be it the opposition or not, are gearing up spending every minute there have to put their best foot forward or are they? So what’s the progress like on both sides? On the Barisan front, loads of money is being dished out to ensure they remain on the leaders in the pack, on the other hand the opposition scene, there seems to be people mobilization from one area to another, whereby the most unlikely people are found as pillars and foundations of the candidates.

The election fever is burning up like never been as hot as it has been….Things are burning up especially right here in Penang and I suspect things are not very different in the other states in Malaysia. The sentiments are rather different and I feel that the opposition is currently getting more attention than ever before…people are flocking to their talks like sheeps with a sense of determinism like never before. But will that translate into change? Into votes perhaps? Well its hard to say….but one thing is for sure this elections, ELECTIONS 2008 whatever the outcome… ELECTION 2008 will become one of the most noted elections ever! Sure one to watch out for!!! So keep your eyes open…

Oh ya..to all out there involved..to play fair..play clean!

Well if you’re constantly bombarded with “flawless” media coverage of Barisan Nasional and haven’t gone quite enough of the election fever and think your getting less than your money’s worth through the various traditional media available..you should perhaps take a peek at the other side of the coin once your done peeking at “more of the same” on your telly, newspapersradio,….last I heard its also in public transportation (taxis)…

So if you want to see for yourself what’s actually happening or if you are curious to see both sides of the coin do not forget to read Media Monitor’s Diary a joint effort Charter2000 Aliran, CIJ, Writers Alliance for Media Independence together with some independent volunteers. Its worth the read….Now you can at least make informed choices!

I’ve just stumbled upon an interesting websites ,thanks to the help of some pals of mine. According to their coordinator, Komas has recently updated their website with voters rights through short videos and cartoons. From cartoon animation videos to dramas and even a whole exciting booklet on voter education through a series of cartoon! Here’s a sneak preview, of what kindda thing you can find on the website….

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courtesy of Komas Voter Education Website…for more do check out…(http://www.komas.org/voter_education.html).
 

Just short post..do watch this video courtesy of a fellow Malaysians. It is very relevant to Malaysia especially in the wake of the upcoming elections. Enjoy….Hope this video enlightens you as much as it enlightened me!