Malaysia needs your help. Your help to move Malaysia forward.
In 2008, many of us were frustrated with the government then; and in the elections many of us voted to reaffirm that Malaysians demanded a better government. Least was expected, as history was written, Malaysians were suddenly awakened by the election results.
In 2013, with full of hopes for a better state and nation, Malaysians came out with a record-breaking voter turnout. It was indeed a record-breaking feat as the Pakatan Harapan won the most ever seats.
Led by DAP, they maintained their governance in the Penang state.
Nine years later, we were disappointed; we were discouraged and disillusioned. Some felt cheated. The hopes and dreams given by the DAP remains only hopes and dreams that were not materialised.
Not because that they failed to take control of the federal government, but because we believe they did not walk the talk.
There were many occasions and incidences that proves the DAP is not any better than those that they have criticized.
Some say they were the lesser devil among all devils. They may be the lesser devil, but what if they were given bigger power? If they were given bigger power, who knows… Even if they may be the lesser devil, they are still a devil.
They shouted against corruption. But today there are some of them charged for corruption.
They shouted against cronyism. But today there were many claims of deals with huge corporate individuals.
They claimed to have solved the flood problem within 9 months. But today, after nine years, the flood seems to be getting worse.
They promised to plant a million trees. But today more trees were chopped off than planting of trees.
They promised to build more low medium cost houses for Penangites. But today, more luxurious condominiums and properties were built instead.
They promised for a more transparent government and they implemented the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). But today it seems that it was used to hide more information.
Nine years later, the certain DAP politicians is just the same as the politicians that they have criticized.
At a time when there are lesser options, the people must create their own options. We must show the politicians what we demand from them, rather than given a choice of who to choose from.
We must show them that politics have to be revolutionized. It is the end of the era where politicians knows-it-all. It is high time that the politicians should really listen to the people.
It is time where we need to get rid of unhealthy political practices.
It is time where we need to strengthen our democracy.
It is time where we need to elect people who can voice out with conscience in the Parliament and State Assembly; rather than just toeing the party line.
It is time where we need to elect real good people who can play their role rightly whether they were elected into the government or the opposition.
It is time where we need to elect people based on their personal capability and not solely considering their political affiliation.
It is time where we need to learn from the leadership of people like Justin Trudeau, Bernie Sanders, Sadiq Khan, Yuriko Koike and many others.
It is time where the people sets the values of our nation’s leaders and elected representatives.
It is time where we need to introduce New Politics.
As many have predicted that the elections could not be very far away, the most probably within more or less a year.
And therefore, I am requesting for your help. We have work to do. We need to have the boldness and energy to craft new frontiers in our country.
It is a transformation that needs a huge effort; at every level from the very grassroots; we need to campaign to make Malaysia, a nation with economic, social, racial and environmental justice.
This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 21st April 2017.