Some do’s and don’ts ahead of polling day

Malaysians should all do their part to ensure a smooth and speedy process even before voting day. (Reuters pic)

By TK Chua

In a week or so, all Malaysians of voting age will be given the opportunity to decide the country’s future. There are probably very few fence-sitters left, as many have already made up their minds one way or another.

However, we still need to convince fence-sitters to cast their ballots on May 9. After all, every vote counts.

I think a major issue this election will be bringing home those who work in Singapore. Polling day is on a Wednesday, and it will not be easy to move half a million people in and out in just one day. The logistics involved are just too overwhelming.

It will be equally daunting for those residing in the Klang Valley, Penang and other major cities to return to their hometowns to vote.

I believe all of us want to make the voting process as smooth and painless as possible. We don’t have many days left. I therefore suggest that we be as productive and effective as possible in the days to come.

Firstly, I think we should stop sitting around all day receiving and passing on information, misinformation, fake news and silly jokes. My suggestion is, if we have not personally read the posting or watched the video, please don’t pass it on. There is no prize for being the first to know if the message is misinformation, fake news or rumours.

We should all help keep our channel of communication authentic, lean and effective. Please use common sense or seek confirmation before sending messages to others. Some of these messages are meant to cause fear, anxiety and confusion. If we are not careful, we may unwittingly help those with evil intentions.

Secondly, I think we should know where our priority is. I have watched too many “movies” urging Malaysians in Singapore and those in the Klang Valley to return to their respective hometowns or villages to vote. I think making the movies and watching them are the easy part. It is the actual decision to board that plane, bus or car that matters the most.

For example, we need more information on carpooling one, two or even three days before polling day. We need to inform others not to wait until the last minute. I foresee a total gridlock a day before election, especially for those intending to use the causeway.

Thirdly, I think we have passed the talking stage. Please don’t keep sending messages urging others to be vigilant of this and that, or do this and that. Instead, we have to ask ourselves whether we have done anything worthwhile, in terms of money, energy or time, to make this whole process more credible and reliable. Deeds are needed, not words.

TK Chua is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.