By TK Chua
Malaysians must lay claim to the last bastion of democracy – our right to vote for the government of our choice.
However, to exercise the right to choose a government, a few things must happen.
First, Malaysians must be aware of the issues confronting us and as a nation.
Second, Malaysians must feel strongly about the issues affecting us.
Third, Malaysians must disseminate our feelings to others, especially those who are too busy or ignorant to follow the “goings on” in the country.
Fourth, Malaysians must make a conscientious effort to register and vote on polling day.
Fifth, Malaysians must jealously guard the election process. We must help NGOs, political parties and other right-minded organisations to highlight faults and manipulation in the election process.
Sixth, Malaysians must contribute whatever we can to help “level” the playing field. Election campaigns need money and manpower. All this does not come free.
Seventh, Malaysians need the power of super majority to overcome the odds stacked against them. If 80% of Malaysians want change, then no amount of faults, manipulation and treachery will be able to stop them.
To settle the political score once and for all, Malaysians must be resolute and decide overwhelmingly one way or the other. It is not good to keep the country in limbo.
Now Malaysians must ask themselves the following:
- Have we registered to vote?
- Have we made it a point to vote on polling day, come what may?
- Have we contributed at least RM30 thus far to a cause/political party we believe in? I am very modest in my request.
- Have we enlightened our parents, siblings, relatives and friends of the “issues” confronting the country now? Have we discussed with them the likely implications of these issues on our future well-being?
Have we helped any NGO, political party and other right-minded organisation in terms of participation, material contribution, and information dissemination?
Why am I writing this?
I think apathy is very much part of who we are. We may feel strongly about certain issues, but we expect others to resolve them for us. If we do not take ownership of issues that affect all of us, we are essentially a free rider – wanting the benefits without contributing or sacrificing for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I know many have done their part, collectively and individually. But this is not enough. We need wider participation and deeper commitment from all.
If this letter pricks your conscience, so be it. It is about time. No point moaning and whining anymore.
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