Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Moving On....

And thus begin a new era in Malaysian history.... At least I hope so.

In the last election, the swing votes were the Indians, this time around, it's the Chinese. But, overall, BN lost a few more battles than they did in the last election, but still ended up winning the war. This does not bode well with the opposition, the smell conspiracies and misconducts are ripe in the post election air. Black outs and Banglas, misplaced and magically appearing ballot boxes become topics on social media. We'll continue to hear all this for the next month or year.

Maybe police reports will be made, maybe somebody will sue the Election Commission. Whether action will be taken..... we'll have to wait and see.

It is sad and very frustrating when you sincerely believed you could have won. And, you question every marginal losses. Pakatan Rakyat will continue to highlight the slim losses in Trengganu and Perak, and BN will wonder about places like Lembah Pantai and Selangor has now become a stronghold of Pakatan Rakyat.

As for me, I like this result. It is the result I had hoped for. It is a result that I know will ensure our country continues to strive. I did not want for PR to take over the government because I do not have the full confidence of their leaders. Not all of them anyway and I am skeptical of how PKR and DAP can actually work with PAS at national level. At the same time, I was quite afraid if BN were to get a two third majority. I was afraid that they will be lulled back into thinking that they can rule the country with impunity and corrupt practices (including but not limited to nepotism, cronyism and favoritism). This result will keep BN in check until GE14. At the same time, I especially like the people's rejection of "ultra-racism" advocated by the likes of PERKASA.

So, in my mind it is a win-win situation. The people have spoken. BN now knows that there is much work to be done in reforming itself. Massive brainstorming will need to be done to analyse correctly why the people voted the way they did. Why was BN able to win back Kedah and yet almost lost Trengganu? What is the real issue that the Chinese community has with BN (especially MCA)? How "religious" must UMNO be and still garners the confidence of the non-muslims who clearly holds the reigns of our economy?

I look forward to coming years. I just hope there will not be social disturbances by irresponsible parties.

And for the record, I think it's a mistake on behalf of Datuk Seri Najib to use the term "Chinese Tsunami". But, I very much like the new phrase "National Reconciliation".

The mass media told us to do it, and we did. WE CHOSE MALAYSIA!!


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