This is from one of my many old drafts so please bear with the redundancy of the information. However it is worth to revisit the changes in the last general elections m so that we are reminded on why we decided to make the change to a new Malaysia.
It has been almost 200 days after the last elections and since Pakatan Harapan (PH) came into power and yet despite revelations & the on-going criminal charges against those who walked in the corridors of power in the past, there are still many (including your goodself – I can’t still believe that Lim Guan Eng is the Finance Minister of Malaysia) still in disbelief that the corrupt, outdated, back-thinking politicians was promptly kicked out from the corridors of power and Malaysians as whole were sick and tired of how things were done in the past and wanted a change for the better.
From the offset, the odds in GE14 were stacked up against the Pakatan (PAS somehow had it easier considering their loose working relationship with BN).
Some of the key opposition politicians were charged with criminal cases or misuse of power – Rafizi with BAFIA and Lim Guan Eng with charged under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
If they are found guilty, it is likely that they will not be able to run for the next General Elections.
(Exercising my rights in this GE14. The queue to each voting stations – this particular queue where I was standing started from the staircase, all the way to the end, turns right forming another line, makes a U-Turn at the end and heads back to the left. At the end of this left is the classroom where the voting station is located. Look at the queues at the each of the floor – the line was long and it moved so slow)
Weeks before the actual GE14 elections day came (the time Najib was still undecided on when to call for the General Elections), I was worried – will we see another 5 years of nonsense and things to be continued to be swept under the carpet?
Before we proceed with this week’s short post, there are 3 things I wanted to say aloud.
First is Waytha, after the hunger strike stunt that he pulled before the elections and got his MOU with Najib had now resigned – he rightfully deserved it, if you ask me. The way to go is to stop fighting for rights and benefits based on racial lines and do so more on poverty lines so that all races in this country will fairly benefit from it.… [Click to read the rest] “Old Photos – Part 3”
(Out of the many images of BERSIH 3.0 that I have seen, this has to be one of the most moving one – a Malaysian lying down in front of the police water cannon truck to stop them. It reminded me of the lone protestor who stood in front of the tanks during the Tiananmen Square. Image source: Lim SK @ Flickr)
A very iconic image of Merdeka which all Malaysians must know and must appreciate. The significant of his historical moment is fast loosing its perspective in a modern Malaysia. Image source: Wikipedia
My dad was in Stadium Merdeka when our first Prime Minister declared our independence.
My dad who was at that time aged 10 had followed a group of school friends to the stadium but being young did not really understand what Tunku was saying to the crowd in the Stadium. He however understood the atmosphere and the significant of the moment.
25th November 2009 marks the 2nd anniversary of the unprecedented street rally by Indians under the now “banned but not crippled” organisation called Hindraf in this country. Image source: Malaysiakini
(The reality of the nation these days – Image source: http://blinkstar.wordpress.com)
Merdeka or Independence Day is just couple of days away and at some places, ‘celebrations’ has been scaled down due to the H1N1 pandemic. The way I see, there is a reason to celebrate Merdeka and there is a reason not to celebrate Merdeka
The reason to celebrate Merdeka
To remember the sacrifice that our nationalists, freedom fighters and security forces did in order for our nation to gain independence and ensure that independent preserved throughout the years
The reason NOT to celebrate Merdeka
After 52 years of independence, what we have achieved?