RAMON NAVARATNAM’S fresh take on installing the strongest opposition coalition ever, in BN!
Whether you support BN, Pakatan Harapan or Gagasan Sejahtera, we are all people of Malaysia.
For 60 years, Malaysians have given their powers to BN. It has been a monopoly, and it’s even fair to say that within that monopoly, there have been traces of tyranny. Whether by design or not, what matter is that the minority felt it. And the majority had not benefitted much anyway. The majority are still at the bottom of the economic scale.
Whether it was Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Najib Abdul Razak, it was all under BN.
The people, us, had been reduced to being powerless. Even when the majority decided to kick out BN, they still held on to power in GE13. I won’t dwell much on popular votes because we all know that has never been a factor to win an election in Malaysia.
My problem with that, however, is that despite us telling BN that we want them out in the last GE, they completely ignored us. We look at PAP in Singapore, the people spoke against them and they bucked up, listened to the people, and then they got the mandate again. But the mandate was given after they gave assurances which were followed by actions.
Now, compare that with BN?
We told them more than half of the voters wanted them out. How did they react? Instead of listening to us, they devised plans to stay in power, by using methods not to win our mandate, but to go around us and win by using workarounds.
These include redelineation based on race, deregistering of a party, sudden changes in election regulations, rejections of opposition candidates, changes in postal voting, cutting out faces from opposition posters, and even making Petronas Twin Towers disappear in their own manifesto booklet.
Seriously? You think you can erase Mahathir’s achievements by erasing the Twin Towers from a photo? Even the shadows of the towers remain in the photo, you joke! Oh, I was just there jogging this morning, it was still there, huge as ever.
You think it’s an insult to Mahathir? It’s not, it’s insulting us. Insulting our intelligence! You’re really saying we are idiots! Maybe we are for voting you in for 60 years, but you don’t have to rub it in like that.
But since you did, it clearly shows that you have no respect whatsoever to the people of this nation. You’re insulting us by going around us to win this election by rearranging the 40 percenters that would vote for you.
As if we don’t exist? How dare you? Now you’ve also said you “sudah insaf” (repented) and for us to give the mandate again for you to fix things. Perhaps we would have, but we’ve seen a bit too much disrespect to reconsider you.
So this GE14, if you’re a Malaysian, I hope we all rally up to kick BN out. And there’s only one choice for that to happen.
One: the only alternative that can kick out BN is Harapan. If you want to support PAS, continue supporting them, no problem, but this GE14, vote for Harapan. You know that PAS doesn’t have enough influence to win. Definitely not in Sabah and Sarawak. Voting PAS will only split the vote and give the win to BN. Don’t listen to RPK.
If you’re a loyal member of BN, it’s ok. Keep your loyalty, but unite with all Malaysians and teach your leaders a lesson. They have been taking you for granted. Give them a lesson of losing. They will bounce back stronger for you, and most importantly for your children. Vote against them, this once. Make them the strongest opposition force Malaysia has ever seen.
If you’re a Harapan supporter but thinking of teaching Harapan a lesson, hold on. Teach them by using other ways. This election is not about anything else but taking back power from BN. By the people, back to the people. Vote Harapan, it’s the only way for BN to lose.
If you’re thinking of spoiling your votes, think again. You’re angry, you want to make a statement? I don’t disagree that you want to, but do it another time. The real way to show that we, the people of Malaysia, hold the power is by making an example to BN. That we can vote them in, and if they don’t work for us, we can kick them out.
We do that to BN, we automatically tellHarapan the same message. We are installing Harapan as caretaker of this country but you work for us, the people! You don’t become ‘yang berhormat’, you become ‘yang berkhidmat’! Never the other way around.
You hate Mahathir? You hate Anwar? It’s ok. It’s not about them. It’s about us, the people. It’s time we unite. We tell those two we hate that look, we reinstall you, but if you screw up somehow, we have the power to uninstall you! We just did it to BN, you want the same treatment?
You say they were corrupt too? None of them got caught with money in their own personal bank account. If true they were corrupt, where’s the proof? BN has had enough time to show proof but they haven’t. If it is still true that they were indeed corrupt, they never did it blatantly in your face, in my personal account kind of way.
BN are now practicing corruption without even trying to hide it. Why? Because they know, we are powerless to do anything about it. They don’t hide anymore. This is why we need to retake the power. Sowe can send a message, that we shouldn’t be taken for granted again!
Plus, I’ll give you a bonus too. You don’t only kick out BN, you don’t only install a new government, but you install the strongest opposition coalition ever, in BN!
What will all of that do to this country? We will have the best check and balance system installed for the first time ever.
Don’t listen to fear-mongering about riots, about famine, about economy going bad. It’s already bad. The worst that can happen to us is to be ruled by fear. Don’t let them. Enough is enough.
Vote Harapan, vote for change. Vote to take back power from BN. Vote to give back power to the people. – Malaysiakini
(This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The True Net.)
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