Al-Jazeera : Inside Story- Change for Malaysia 10th March 08

This news is from Al-Jazeera. Inside Story’s Sami Zeidan examines the drastic shift in Malaysian politics.

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The dawn of new era in Selangor

This is the head line in a newspaper today. Certainly it is a new era in my state Selangor. After the General Election 2008 on March 8, we in Selangor will have a new government, a new Menteri Besar or Chief Minister, a new state assemblymen, a new local council and many new things in Selangor.

Yesterday in a quite Sunday morning, I smell a new wind scent which blowing inside my window. It is a new wind that take Selangor by surprised of many. I think it is not only the coalition are surprised but also the opposition. This is the true democracy in Malaysia. Government change hands via the ballot boxes.

This is what we want in Malaysia. People will decides via a ballot box.

It is reported in a newspaper today that “The new MB will appoint new people. My take is that all the existing councillors in the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Subang Jaya Town Council (MPSJ) will be removed, and there are good chances that the new councillors appointed are those who live within the constituencies,” said Derek Fernandez, an expert in local government and town planning law.

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Who is going to be Selangor new Mentri Besar? All will be answered today at 2pm local time.

This is the outcome of the March 8, Malaysia General Election 2008. The coalition still won to form a new government with a simple majority in the parliament and in the process they lost 4 states, that is Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor to the Opposition parties. So in overall, the Oppositions are controlling 5 states including Kelantan which they won hands down to bring a big shame to the Coalition after the Coalition said that this time they will “capture” and “to clean” Kelantan after spending so much effort and money. The Coalition concentrate too much on Kelantan and in the process they forgot to hold other states stronger. This time around what people are saying the “Political Tsunami” struck Malaysia in the 12th General Election.

Malaysians decide General Election 2008

Yesterday Malaysians do come out to serve their rights to vote and the result shows that the Peoples already decide.

The Barisan Nasional or National Front or the Coalition will form the next Government as it has won more than half the parliamentary seats with a simple majority. However, the coalition suffered some of the greatest defeats in its history. Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in accepting the results, said this was clear proof of democracy at work in the country.

Among the interesting results yesterday were:

  • The Barisan lost Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor,
  • PAS strengthened grip on Kelantan,
  • Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting won in their seats,
  • Among ministers who lost their seats were Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin,
  • Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon lost to Dr P. Ramasamy in the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat.

Meanwhile, party leaders urged for calm and police have banned all victory celebrations. As I said before the People’s Rules, the People is King and now the Politicians are the slave. They have to serve the People’s better now. The wind of change is a clear sign that the Peoples’ want better persons and government to represent them.

Yesterday at the ballot box, people listened to their heart with the firm conviction that the time for change has arrived. The people of Malaysia have spoken. This is a defining moment, unprecedented in Malaysian history.

Today a new chapter has opened. The people have voted decisively for a new era where the government must be truly inclusive and recognize that all Malaysians, regardless of race, culture and religion are a nation of one. The people have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want accountability, transparency and the rule of law. Today unity, consensus, and mutual respect triumphed. Tomorrow, we start working to build a brighter future, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder. This is a new dawn for Malaysia. The People’s Rule.

What do we want?

The coming general election 2008 in Malaysia is getting hotter and hotter everyday. Every media mainstreams are telling us stories about this coming general election. Just few minutes ago I went to YouTube and found these interesting videos from our fellow friends, family members and students from the UK. See what they have to say about this election. They are the future leaders of this country. We need to hear their voice too even though they are still young. They are Big enough to know what is right and what is wrong. Let them say out loud their views and thoughts. Okay…..listen…..

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . . .

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of all?”
The mirror answered-
“You, my Queen, are the fairest of all,”
and the Queen was contented, because she knew the mirror could speak nothing but the truth.”
–The Brothers’ Grimm, Little Snow White

Today I just want to blog about this hot topic in Malaysia, The General Elections.

Malaysia’s political parties formally started campaigning yesterday (Sunday) for general elections with fractious opposition groups joining forces in a bid to deprive the ruling coalition of a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

Hundreds of political heavy-hitters and first-time aspirants filed their nomination papers to contest 222 parliamentary constituencies and 505 state legislature seats. The process officially marked the start of a 13-day campaigning period ahead of the March 8 ballot.

So as the Snow White famous tag “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all going to win in this election?” The answers are in your own hands. Vote wisely, vote the best candidate to represent you in your area and country. Vote for your voice to be heard. Those who are outstations due to work or pleasure, go back home to vote and choose the right person in this election. May it be current government coalition parties or oppositions front parties, make this general election 2008 a true Malaysian Style Election with the true spirit of Democracy. People of Malaysia would like to see a true democracy election. No negative impact whatsoever so that foreigners or investors will look at us and we will stand tall with our Malaysian style none bias election process. We are not only saying that we are Democracy country but to show it during this election process. If there is a change do it properly and let it be clean in the whole process. We Malaysian are wise now to see what is right and what is wrong. We do not need the mirror to tell us about the truth. We have our own eyes to see.

To all politicians, be a true leader for Malaysia to progress further in this Globalization era. But when we said Globalization, we need not to forget about our root, our religion and our believes. We need working leaders not sleeping leaders. We need slave leaders that willing to work for the benefits of people not bossy leaders who are only looking for their rice bowl. We do not need leader who only could talk during campaigning but later keep quiet and stay home when elected.

We need leaders and what we mean is True Leaders for the People. Leaders who will champion the People’s needs. Leaders who are willing to sacrifice their own needs for the People. Who are they? Are they to be found in this coming election? Or this is just an illusion to Malaysian politics? I am not saying that todays leaders are not of the above criteria but often being said that majority of the current leaders are not up to the standard that will bring Malaysia forward in this Globalization era. Like a malay saying “tepuk dada, tanya selera” but we rephrase it “tepuk dada, tanya iman”.

My last advice to the current potential leaders whether they are from the current coalitions parties or they be from the oppositions, if you think you could be the True Leader by all means go all out and woo us as your voters, but if you could not be a True Leader, just stay home and pull out as a candidate to save your money and also the voters money. We certainly do not need Sleeping Leaders.

Note: All photos are from the respective participating parties.

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